ⓘ Alternative Informatics Association


ⓘ Alternative Informatics Association

The Alternative Informatics Association Turkish: Alternatif Bilisim Derneği is an Istanbul, Turkey based civil society organization focusing on the issues of media literacy, Internet censorship, and mass surveillance.

The association organizes conferences, workshops, publishes e-books, as well as contributes to the organization of online and offline campaigns against internet censorship, mass surveillance. Members have also contributed to publications and activities concerning digital literacy and online games.


1. Activities

Members of the association were part of the organization committee of Turkeys largest street protests against Internet censorship which took place on July 2010 in Istanbul and May 2011 with demonstrations in 30 cities.

In recent years the association has expanded its role in reporting breaches of digital rights in Turkey and demanding the protection of associated freedoms.

The Alternative Informatics Association organizes the annual New Media conference in Turkey which has brought together academics, activists and journalists to discuss threats against digital freedom.


2. History

Alternative Informatics Association gained its official status on December 31, 2010. However, the activities started online and offline before its inauguration.


  • September 2014, Internet Ungovernance Forum at Bilgi University


  • July 2015: Digital rights activist Isik Mater voted in as president of the association


  • February 2015 Lawyer Faruk Çayır voted in as president of the association

2.1. History 2009

  • November 21, 2009: Panel Discussion on" Hate Speech on New Media”, Tarık Z. Tunaya K.M./Istanbul
  • June 7, 2009: Conference on the Internet Bans and Approaches to the Internet, Baro Apaydın Saloon/Istanbul

2.2. History 2011

  • December 4 and January 21, Meetings on Internet as a Human Right on New Constitution, collaborated with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkei, ISTANBUL
  • September 12–13, UNICEF Worhshop, Internet Usage of Youths and Children in Turkey, Ankara
  • November 10, case against the Decision and Filter Application of the Board, Ankara
  • September 17, Internet Censorship, EMO Samsun,
  • September 16, Seminars on Dijital Video Games, METU Ankara
  • May 25, 2011" Participation in the Meeting of the Internet Board”, Istanbul
  • January 29, 2011" Panel Discussion on WikiLeaks”, EMO Chamber of Energy Engineers/Istanbul
  • December 1–3, sessions on INET11, Censorship, Law and Internet, Internet Media and DPI, IZMIR
  • February 27, 2011" Panel Discussion on Knowledge, Power, Internet Opposition”, BILMOK Congress of Computer Engineering Students, Yeditepe University
  • E-Book on Wikileaks and Arap Spring, titled as Courageous New Media, April 2011
  • Bring the case on the prevention of the website" sites.google.com” to European Court of Human Rights,
  • May 21, 2011" Social Media” Computer Education Department Congress, YTU/Istanbul
  • November 21–23, UNICEF Children Forum, Internet Usage of Youths and Children in Turkey, ANKARA
  • October 16, Alternative Media Festival, Hate Speech, Digital Activism, Istanbul
  • June 4, 2011, Workshop on Moral Values on the New Media, Kadir Has University, Department of New Media, Istanbul
  • May 6, 2011, Alternative Approach to ERP Processes, ERP Days Chamber of Architects and Engineers, ITU Istanbul Technical University, Gumussuyu/Istanbul
  • April 16, 2011, Workshop on Hate Speech on the New Media, International Hate Speeches Conference, Lutfi Kırdar/Istanbul
  • December 27, session on Chaos Communication Congress 28C3, Berlin
  • May 10, 2011, Board for Information Technologies and Communication, Report against the Decision and Filter Application of the Board
  • May 15, 2011, March Against the Internet Censorship called" Don’t Touch My Internet”, Istanbul/Ankara
  • March 24, 2011, Panel Discussion on Hate Speech on the New Media, Anadolu University, Eskisehir
  • October 14–15, Workshop on Mapping with FreeSoftwares, OpenStreetMap, Istanbul
  • April 28, 2011, Day for Tracking Hate Speeches on the New Media, Turkey
  • November 18–20, LabourStart Int. Conference, Linux Workshop, Istanbul
  • March 16, 2011" Panel Discussion on the Internet Bans”, Yıldız Technical University, Computer Education Department, Istanbul
  • June 3, 2011, Panel Discussion: Internet Censorship in Turkey Boğaziçi Univ., Istanbul
  • September 17, Forbidding Forbidden round table meeting, ISEA, Istanbul
  • E-book, Politics Of E-Participation: Young People Online, ISBN 978-605-62169-1-6
  • September 20, discussion P2P theory with Micahel Bauwens, Istanbul


2.3. History 2012

  • February 18, Internet Blackout against SOPA
  • March 2012, initiating of Istanbul HackerSpace, Istanbul
  • June 16, Panel: "Digital Surveillance in Turkey"
  • April 9, Declaration of Internet Users Rights
  • March 2012, Workshop:" The Future of Pardus” Linux Distro by TUBITAK, IZMIT
  • May 20, Published Book: "Digital Surveillance in Turkey: Digital Personification of Citizens in Turkey from ID Numbers to E- IDs"
  • October 23, Panel: "Surveillance, Censorship and Data Protection in Turkey", ECREA Pre-Conference
  • March 2012, Seminar" Suç altette mi?” on SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc., Bahçesehir Unv., Istanbul
  • January 7, declaration, Academic Awareness and a Call to All University Rectorships Against The Deployment of ICTAs Filter
  • April 16, Statement about Internet in Turkey
  • March 2012, Seminar Digital Surveillance, Marmara Unv.
  • March 2012, Workshop: Mind Map with VUE visual understanding environment, Free Software Days Istanbul
  • January 2012, Participating on establishing of Turkey Digital Game Association

2.4. History 2014

  • September 2014, Internet Ungovernance Forum at Bilgi University


2.5. History 2015

  • July 2015: Digital rights activist Isik Mater voted in as president of the association

2.6. History 2019

  • February 2015 Lawyer Faruk Çayır voted in as president of the association