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Cyber Security; Protests in Turkey; Passing on the June 4th Legacy (21 Jun 2013)


Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has increased the knowledge of many of us, and in ways that his government certainly doesn’t seem to like very much. The response was predictable, including allegations that he was a Chinese spy. Snowden’s future remains uncertain right now, although there is talk that he is considering Iceland as a haven. But his disclosures have raised serious questions about whether those of us who use the internet should have any expectations about privacy at all. And just who might be snooping on us? The “standing man”, performance artist Erdem Gunduz, has become the latest symbol in the protests that have rocked Turkey for four weeks now. Mr Gunduz stood silently in protest in Taksim Square for eight hours on Monday. Others are following suit. It’s the latest strategy in a campaign that’s shown remarkable inventiveness by protesters, and remarkable ham handedness on the part of the authorities in dealing with them. With us in the studio to talk about the protests is Kamilia Lahrichi formerly a journalist in the region and a news desk editor in Beirut The June 4th candlelight vigil in Victoria Park may have had to cope with rain and thunder this year, but that did little to counter public determination to commemorate victims of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. But, as time passes, the younger generation doesn’t have quite the same connection to it that those who were alive at the time might. It’s a topic that some schools still choose to duck. But some teachers are determined to inform the young about their history.

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Friday, June 21, 2013
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