Adventures in Building a Library Catalog

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Rethinking the Internet

Introduction Some time ago, I wrote about the problems with Goodreads and how StoryGraph can be a good alternative for many. This is something I’m really interested because most of what I do is about books and because of my ADHD brain, not being able to track the books I have causes quite unique problems … Read more

Why I Keep Coming Back to Blogging

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Rethinking the Internet

This is part of one of the blog chains here, titled “Rethinking the Internet” but instead of using numbered titles, I have decided to continue with unique ones. If you’re someone who writes or reads online, you know that newsletters are the hot trend for a while. While I totally understand why it’s so popular … Read more

WhatsApp, Güvenli Mesajlaşma ve Gizlilik

Geçtiğimiz birkaç gün içerisinde WhatsApp’ın kullanıcılarına gönderdiği yeni sözleşme değişikliği bildirimi ile mesajlaşma uygulamalarının güvenliği, internetteki veri gizliliğimiz ve daha birçok konu beklediğimden çok daha canlı bir şekilde ülkemizde gündem hâline geldi. Elbette bu durum birtakım yanlış bilgilerin ve yanlış anlaşılmaların da yayılmasına neden oldu. Yine de genel olarak Internette ne kadar güvende olduğumuz ya … Read more

RSS is not dead?

It looks like people are finally waking up to the fact that RSS was never dead. I don’t know why people claimed that just because a tech overlord decided something is not profitable for them. People are still using it and it’s as good and alive as it’s always been. At the end of 2019, … Read more

Rethinking How I Use Internet: 8

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Rethinking the Internet

Goodreads today looks and works much as it did when it was launched. The design is like a teenager’s 2005 Myspace page: cluttered, random and unintuitive. Books fail to appear when searched for, messages fail to send, and users are flooded with updates in their timelines that have nothing to do with the books they … Read more

Sosyalkafa’da Özgür Hocamı Andık

11 Temmuz, benim için çok önemli insanlardan birisi olan ve “Özgür Hocam” olarak andığım Özgür Uçkan’ın ölümünün beşinci yıldönümüydü. Bunun anısında 17 Temmuz akşamı Sosyalkafa ve Türk-İnternet.com ortaklığında çok değerli bir canlı yayın gerçekleştirildi. Özgür Uçkan’ın ailesi ve eski arkadaşlarının yanı sıra internet aktivizmi ve hak mücadelesi alanında beraber çalıştığı birçok isim de yayına katıldı … Read more

The Need for Private Digital Places

Today Jay Owens wrote a really good Twitter thread on the problems of blaming private social places like Facebook and WhatsApp groups for everything. Which already explains so many of those problems but I want to focus on two specific sides of it. One of them is the fact that those who claim that private … Read more

Start Select Reset Zine #001: Your Attention is Sovereign

Jay (previously) has a new digital zine out, which includes his writings and podcast transcriptions about the internet, social media and attention economy. He talks about many things such as multitasking, how we’re using our devices, productivity and how he changed his social media use and more. I’ve finished it in one sitting and already … Read more

#CoveringClimateNow Week is Here

From the project website: Our initiative includes more than 250 outlets worldwide, and dozens of institutional and independent partners, with a combined audience of more than 1 billion people. From September 15-23, our partners have committed to emphasizing climate stories. The goal is to maximize coverage of the climate crisis and its impacts in the … Read more