Internet censorship in Turkey

Akgül, M.
Kırlıdoğ, M.
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Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

This study aims to explore Turkish citizen-consumers' understanding of and reactions to censorship of websites in Turkey by using in-depth interviews and online ethnography. In an environment where sites such as YouTube and others are increasingly being banned, the citizen-consumers' macro-level understanding is that such censorship is part of a wider ideological plan and their micro-level understanding is that their relationship with the wider global network is reduced, in the sense that they have trouble accessing full information on products, services and experiences. The study revealed that citizen-consumers engage in two types of resistance strategies against such domination by the state: using irony as passive resistance, and using the very same technology used by the state to resist its domination. © The Author(s) 2013.

Author Keywords, Consumption, Internet Censorship, Resistance, Turkey, Youtube, Citizen-consumers