- 1. Site Restrictions within the Scope of Act 5651
- 2. Site Restrictions aside from the Scope of Act 5651 (Intellectual Property Law, Civil Code, War on Terrorism, Football games, Supreme Election Board practices and etc.)
- 3.Site Restrictions without court decisions (TIB – telecommunication and communication directorate practices)
- 4. Technical and Web 2.0 Applications Situation
- 5. Social (Principle, Awareness Raising, Content)
- 6. Investigation – Interoperability among agencies
Each group are responsible for discussing and developing recommendations and solutions on the issues related with them. After all the groups present their outcomes the “Kartepe Criteria”, which depends heavily on these recommendations, will be prepared and published.
Aydn Baser, a participating judge from Balikesir Criminal Court of First Instance, has answered our questions about the workshop as:
Our aim in participating this workshop is to meet the virtual life with the real one in a most consistent, peaceful, and libertarian way and to discuss the generation conditions of this embracement. The point of view of a legist on Internet should be libertarian, even more libertarian than it is nowadays. Otherwise, the society could not benefit the endless advantages of Internet. Especially the bigger role in providing this, comes to us the judges who represent the juridical office. If we don’t get the nature of the Internet, we are going to be holding the same conservative line that once objected to printing machines and development process.
Yetkin Yokusoglu, another participant and Advocate of Turkish Phonographic Industry Society (Mu-Yap) says:
We had the chance to discuss the problems we face in practice here meeting a lot of participants all coming from different parties like legists and users. As the representatives of Phonographic Industry Society, we shared our proposals for changes in Act 5846 (regulating the intellectual properties) and Act 5651 according to better provide an effective “rights defending” on Internet. These discussions brought us different point of views and therefore gave us the opportunity to consider some issues we hadn’t done before.
Ismail Hakki Polat, who is a participator to workshop and also a member of newly forming Turkish Pirate Party states:
When we consider the full freedom of Internet on the one hand and the full restriction on the other hand, it is clear that there should be a reconcilation at some middle point. This point should be on a line that neither constrains the individual freedom, nor creates a chaotic media.
This workshop has been a very nice organisation that served to gather the people, who are demanding more freedom or more restrictions, together and making them interact with each other: Listening, explaining, and learning from each other, to reach a common point. I think this common constitutive understanding and its migration to the political base is the biggest hope of the participants.
Kartepe Workshop, which is organised by turk.internet – Ankara Bar cooperation and sponsored by Turk Telecom and DailyMotion, will end tomorrow evening and the outcomes of the organisation will be presented as the “Kartepe Criteria”.