Aslı Tunç, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Media School) authored the chapter “In Quest for Democracy: Internet Freedom and Politics in Contemporary Turkey” for the newly published book, Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies, edited by Banu Akdenizli:
“As the world has become more interconnected we are increasingly aware of the global interdependence of people and cultures. Many draw attention to how human communication and interaction is not only facilitated by the Internet but also how it increases the range and the number of ways in which we are able to connect and interact with others. These changing, shifting cultural, economic and technological realities have led many to question the power of the nation-state and how it is being restructured. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet have and are transforming and even in some cases destabilizing governance and power. It is of common understanding by now that ICTs play a vital role in the social, political and economic development of every country. As they have become everyday technologies continuously embedded, and routinized in societies where they are mostly used (Lievrouw & Livingstone, 2010), ICTS are also transforming social contexts, communication activities, practices, social arrangements and organizations.
This book’s aim is analyze the genesis, dynamics, and functioning of different communication contexts in relations to digital transformations as they are experienced in Turkey. This volume intends to provide an intellectual, multi-faceted, and balanced discussion and presentation of the role and impact of modern communication technologies within different communication contexts. The expected outcome of this publication is not only to offer a general understanding of how different communication fields are being transformed but also outline and demonstrate the particular case of Turkey, a country with an appetite for development and growth albeit its questionable and notorious track record of freedom of expression and violations in the media.”
More information about the book and contributors can be found here.