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Alternative Informatics Association

Alternative Informatics Association is trying to produce alternative, unusual and hegemony-against ideas and solutions about not only the Internet and other information and communication technologies but also the use, the social and political effects of these technologies and the problems and consequences caused.

The Association carries out researches on both the use and social, political meaning and content of these technologies. It brings those from different disciplines together and meets technical mind with social mind. Moreover, the Association organizes panel discussions, conferences, workshops; prepares e-books, declarations, blogs, wikis, e-mail discussion lists and surveys; carries out protest demonstrations and online campaigns.

The Association makes an effort for the development of techno-social policies at macro and micro level which prioritize the rights and freedoms of the individuals and societies. In short, the Association aims “Informatics for the Humanity”.


The Aims of the Association

Our Association brings people from various jobs and groups together in order to realize the aims which are as follows:

  • To support the fact that the Internet and all other scientific, technological developments are a common accumulation of the humanity,
  • To struggle against the possible negative effects of all the bans and constraints applied on the Internet on the basic rights and freedoms guaranteed,
  • To carry out studies on the opportunities, social effects and problems of the New Media and try to raise awareness of these,
  • To examine New Media Industry and enable those from different disciplines to meet for discussions on new media space,
  • To make an effort to help a new communication culture develop against the fact that Social Medias are seen and used as only a consumption and exhibition tool,
  • To conduct researches on Digital Games, work for the development of digital game course,
  • To be against the efforts of technologies surrounding our lives fast to constrain our basic rights and freedoms and create a society of surveillance and censure; to struggle for the use of technology in a way to make people and society more free,
  • To struggle against the gaps among countries, regions, cities, city centers and neighborhoods, social classes and stratums at both global and local level in terms of access to information and communication technologies; to be against the accumulation of technological richness in particular centers,
  • To struggle for elimination of the inequality related to gender roles and patterns in terms of technology use and access,
  • To work for ensuring that the Internet is used as the most effective tool for enjoying the freedom of thought, belief and expression; to support the studies carried out by different individuals and institutions,
  • To support the right to safe communication against the surveillance and recording of any kind of communication,
  • To support the collective and copy left scientific and technological knowledge distribution,
  • To support production models and licenses based on an understanding of sharing against the patents and licenses creating domination on this common knowledge, which is not for the welfare of the society,
  • To carry out studies on intellectual rights not responding to current needs and to develop sharing models,
  • To try to prevent national and international monopolies from being established in the field of information technologies,
  • To provide the Association members with an effective communication and working environment by bringing those with different jobs and representatives of institutions that are interested in information * technologies systems under the umbrella of the Association,
  • To make the philosophy of Free Software widespread and common, to carry out studies supporting Free Software,
  • To organize national and international events such as congresses, conferences and ensure active participation in those events.


Qualifications and Experience of Alternative Informatics Association

Alternative Informatics Association gained its official status on the last day of 2010. However, it has been continuing its activities on both online and offline media for more than 2 years.

Some of our activities are as follows:

2008-2010

  • Establishment of the website -ozgurinternet.info- in November, 2008; access to the website without any obstacles and in an anonymous way; instant messaging and sharing similar alternative services and technical documents.
  • June 7, 2009, Conference on the Internet Bans and Approaches to the Internet, Baro Apaydın Saloon/İstanbul
  • November 21, 2009 Panel Discussion on “Hate Speech on New Media”, Tarık Z. Tunaya K.M./İstanbul
  • March, 2010 Panel Discussion on “Hate Speech on New Media”, Ankara University Communication Faculty Ankara
  • April, 2010 A Workshop for Discussing the Internet BEKSAV /Ankara
  • June-July 2010 The Declaration of the Common Platform against the Censhorship, Taksim Protest March, Active participation in Turkish Grand Assembly Visits
  • July 1-4, 2010 Panel Discussion on Cultural Industries and Copy-Left European Social Forum, Istanbul
  • September 21-23, 2010 Participation in TBD (Informatics Association of Turkey) Informatics Convention/Ankara
  • Hate Speech on the New Media- Collected Work, Kalkedon Publications September, 2010 (published book)
  • December 2-4, 2010 Participation in I-net, ITU (Istanbul Technical university)/Istanbul

2011-2012

  • January 29, 2011 “Panel Discussion on WikiLeaks”, EMO (Chamber of Energy Engineers )/Istanbul
  • February 27, 2011 “Panel Discussion on Knowledge, Power, Internet Opposition”, BİLMÖK (Congress of Computer Engineering Students), Yeditepe University
  • March 16, 2011 “Panel Discussion on the Internet Bans”, Yıldız Technical University, Computer Education Department, Istanbul
  • March 24, 2011, Panel Discussion on Hate Speech on the New Media, Anadolu University, Eskişehir
  • April 16, 2011, Workshop on Hate Speech on the New Media, International Hate Speeches Conference, Lütfi Kırdar/İstanbul
  • April 28, 2011, Day for Tracking Hate Speeches on the New Media, Turkey
  • May 6, 2011, Alternative Approach to ERP Processes, ERP Days Chamber of Architects and Engineers, ITU (İstanbul Technical University), Gümüşsuyu/Istanbul
  • May 10, 2011, Board for Information Technologies and Communication, Report against the Decision and Filter Application of the Board
  • May 15, 2011, March Against the Internet Censorship called “Don’t Touch My Internet”, Istanbul/Ankara
  • May 21, 2011 “Social Media” Computer Education Department Congress, YTÜ/Istanbul
  • May 25, 2011 “Participation in the Meeting of the Internet Board”, Istanbul
  • June 3, 2011, Panel Discussion: Internet Censorship in Turkey Boğaziçi Univ., İstanbul
  • June 4, 2011, Workshop on Moral Values on the New Media, Kadir Has University, Department of New Media, İstanbul
  • Bring the case on the prevention of the website “sites.google.com” to European Court of Human Rights,
  • E-Book on Wikileaks and Arap Spring, titled as Courageous New Media, April 2011, ISBN 978-605-61269-0-9
  • E-book, Politics Of E-Participation: Young People Online, ISBN 978 - 605 - 62169 - 1 – 6
  • September 12-13, UNICEF Worhshop, Internet Usage of Youths and Chlidren in Turkey, Ankara
  • Semptember 16, Seminars on Dijital Video Games, METU Ankara
  • September 17, Internet Censorship, EMO Samsun,
  • September 17, Forbidding Forbidden round table meeting, ISEA, Istanbul
  • September 20, discussion P2P theory with Micahel Bauwens, Istanbul
  • October 14-15, Workshop on Mapping with FreeSoftwares, OpenStreetMap, Istanbul
  • October 16, Alternative Media Festival, Hate Speech, Digital Activism, Istanbul
  • November 10, case against the Decision and Filter Application of the Board, Ankara
  • November 18-20, LabourStart Int. Conference, Linux Workshop, Istanbul
  • December 1-3, sessions on INET'11, Censorship, Law and Internet, Internet Media and DPI, İZMİR
  • November 21-23, UNICEF Children Forum, Internet Usage of Youths and Chlidren in Turkey, ANKARA
  • December 4 and January 21, Meetings on Internet as a Human Right on New Constitution, collaborated with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkei, ISTANBUL
  • December 27, session on Chaos Communication Congress 28C3, Berlin

2012-

  • January 7, declaration, Academic Awareness and a Call to All University Rectorships Against The Deployment of ICTA's Filter
  • January 2012, Participating on establishing of Turkey Digital Game Association
  • February 18, Internet Blackout against SOPA
  • March 2012, Seminar Digital Surveillance, Marmara Unv.
  • March 2012, initiating of Istanbul HackerSpace, Istanbul
  • March 2012, Seminar “Suç altette mi?” on SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc., Bahçeşehir Unv., Istanbul
  • March 2012, Workshop: “The Future of Pardus” (Linux Distro by TUBITAK), IZMIT
  • March 2012, Workshop: Mind Map with VUE (visual understanding enviroment), Free Software Days Istanbul
  • April 9, Declaration of Internet Users' Rights
  • April 16, Statement about Internet in Turkey
  • May 20, Published Book: "Digital Surveillance in Turkey: Digital Personification of Citizens in Turkey from ID Numbers to E- IDs"
  • June 16, Panel: "Digital Surveillance in Turkey"


Contact

Alternative Informatics Association

Address: Alternatif Bilişim Derneği Genel Merkezi, Eğitim Mah. Ömerbey Sok. Keskin Hancı İş Merkezi No.19/B 34722 Kadıköy İstanbul

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