New issue of Çizgidışıdergi is out

A new Turkish  journal called Çizgidışıdergi is out with its third issue.  I also had the pleasure of writing a short article titled "Benibendendahaiyibilenler.com: Etkleşimli Ortamda Tüketici Gözetimi (Surveillance) ve Kimlik" [Roughly translated as ThosewhoknowmebetterthanIdo.com: Consumer Surveillance in Interactive Media]. The issue is available for free download.

Resist The Face(book) of Surveillance

About a week has passed since Facebook decided to change its privacy policies to make users information available to everyone (not only on Facebook, everyone online). Public backlash seems to be rising: The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. You can also take action by making a …

Beware what you read and what you opt out of…

A few years ago, in an article published in New Media & Society (2007), I attempted to draw attention to a recurring problem with respect to user privacy online: the lack of transparency surrounding the data collection/sharing/use practices make it almost impossible for even the most "savy" user to actually challenge corporations' "interpretations" about who …

A new book on Social Interaction Technologies, coming out soon

Here we are again with an announcement of a new book... This new book, perhaps the first of its kind, is  edited by Tatyana Dumova and Richard Fiorno and is entitled Handbook of Research on Social Interaction Technologies and Collaboration Software: Concepts and Trends. The book is expected to be out in July, 2009 from …

ICA Conference is this week

The annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) will be held this week (May 21 - May 25) in Chicago.  I (along with Levent Soysal) will be presenting a paper called "Social Media, Public Intimacies and the Transformation of Contemporary Surveillance." The panel will  include Mark Andrejevic, Shoshana Magneti,  Mihaela Popescu and Ece Algan. …

Societies Under Siege Conference – Presentation

About two weeks ago, an international conference entitled Societies Under Siege: Media, Government, Politics and Citizens' Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism was organized by the Faculty of Communications at Kadir Has University (organization committee chair was Dr. Banu Baybars Hawks). I also had a chance to present a paper and  revisit some of my …