Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Dear Colleagues, 
YouTube is created in 2005 by three university students, now it is owned by Google. Similarly FaceBook is a simple business enterprise created in year 2004. Today they have successful business, tomorrow they will be replaced by some other company. They both have huge security leaks. Commercial companies do not stay in the market forever. Today they are IN, tomorrow they are OUT. If they wish to continue to make business in our environment, they should comply with our rules and regulations and laws. They should have respect to our prevailing written/ unwritten values. On the other hand, YouTube is an ignorant company. YouTube obeys to rules and laws in the USA and EU but does not care the rules and laws of our country.  There are many ways/ proxy pages to have access, if you insist to have access. Move on, no problem. You learn details of PC/ Internet/DSL changes. We should keep in mind that companies are not equals of national states. Sovereign states cannot tolerate their unlawful initiatives, and states can take all necessary measures, as in the case of USA vs. Wikileaks, Germany on Pro-Nazi releases.  It is your writers sincere feeling that your country has the right to stop the unlawful/ unnecessary activities.  If a business enterprise (a thermal power plant, a solar plant, a wind energy company) has certain displease to any article in the web, any threat to their business interest, then the web owner has to retrieve the article upon request.  If I write an article and a business enterprise feels uneasy and declares so, I feel that it is my responsibility to delete that article immediately. There is no shame/ no disgrace. YouTube in Turkey is similar to WikiLeaks in the USA on security concerns. This is a matter of cost and benefit calculation within company management. So company does not want to spend some extra money to stop unfair/ unnecessary/ mostly childish insults/ threats where they take  these insults/threats seriously in the USA and European Union.  It is nothing to do with freedom of expression.  It is simply restriction profanity and extreme  bad manners  in social network of the cyber space. We do not care whether the world is laughing at Turkey because of these legal proceedings.  The world is also laughing at the USA and European Union for various reasons. Anyhow who remembers the mighty companies of the past, IBM, Xerox, DeutscheBabcock, VKW etc?  Your comments are always welcome. 
Haluk Direskeneli

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