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Turkey needs to accelerate its integration into the Internet economy. The state of new media in Turkey is caricaturized as a battle of politics and culture/ideology, waged between the leadership and supporters of the AK Party and a nebulous mass of politically aligned or non-aligned groups. While this portrayal represents a very real and persistent problem with the freedoms of expression and information in Turkey, online censorship is only the beginning of Turkey’s challenges in adjusting to the values of, and the commercial and political relationships in, the Digital Era. Businesses across the country expect the development of a more advanced technological infrastructure, a more liberal new media sector, and a more skilled and flexible workforce. Turkey needs to build a more inclusive policy dialogue to help shape the future of its new media sector and community.

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Ebru İlhan
Ebru İlhan Dr. Ebru İlhan holds a PhD in Political Science from King’s College London, Department of War Studies and works for an international group of companies on sustainability.
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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