21. Century Zeitgeist

No More Factory Model for Universities!

203 universities, 160.000 working academicians, 8M enrolled students. That is the summary of Turkish higher education scene. The important question here is: What is the cumulative impact created by the graduates of these universities? When we exclude top 10 universities which generate around 95% of the technological, scientific and economic impact, the rest is nothing but negligible. In this…
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What Do We Do with Big Tech Companies?

Not a day goes by without someone propounding another genius theory to finally bring an end to the pain point of what we are going to do with these platform businesses, large digital companies. They even take it to the extreme by suggesting that we do not even need social…
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An Antitrust Dilemma: Should We Break Them Up / Open

We all heard of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal as to how we should be dealing with the large digital companies: “Break up or break open!”  Running for president of the United States, Warren proposed using the antitrust laws to do just that. Her proposal must have resonated with many as she received much attention after her recipe to manage with the digital companies. Tom Wheeler from…
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Freedom of Speech vs. the Fate of Liberal Democracy

Discussions regarding the need to regulate social media platforms and their contents escalated with the horrific shooting in the city of Christchurch. It is not that many countries, spearheaded by the European Union have not already covered a great distance on the matter, yet the Christchurch shooting and its live broadcasting on Facebook surely carried the subject one step further. 50 people were…
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Privacy Challenges of Disruptive Technologies

“In October (2018), Ann Cavoukian, the Director of Privacy for Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs smart neighborhood project in Toronto (an advanced smart city project) resigned after learning that not all data collected from residents would be de-identified at the source. In…