#LiberalHomeworks : Liberal Homeworks Online – New Projects to look forward to

With social distancing the order of the day, online platforms have taken center stage in our lives. We are determined to keep up our liberal educative efforts under the new conditions and have therefore moved more and more content online.

Our new initiative “Liberal Homeworks Online” provides support for innovative educative programs in the Turkish language that aim at bringing liberal content to the people digitally.

Dokuz8 Haber

Since the beginning of the Corona outbreak in Turkey, Dokuz8 Haber has been at the forefront of disseminating accurate information using multiple channels. Relying on a network of volunteers and more than 700 citizens’ journalists in all parts of Turkey, Dokuz8 Haber makes sure the covered topics are as diverse as is the audience. This is a news source for everyone: the general public, social media users, students, climate activists, human rights advocates, LGBTQI+ members, artists, young professionals, social entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists.

Founded in 2014, Dokuz8 Haber is one of the pioneers of citizen journalism in Turkey. The main objective is to safeguard the right to information – free of censorship, discrimination, bias and hate speech.

We are happy to support this important effort. In a timely project, the news network will cover important developments in Turkey related to the Corona virus and personal freedoms in its “Rights and Freedoms” bulletin.

Here, Dokuz8 Haber will focus on the impacts of the pandemic and the measures against it on civil liberties. “Rights and Freedoms” covers issues related to the normalization debate, the situation of vulnerable groups such as women, refugees and children, journalism and censorship, politics, economics to name but the most relevant subjects.

Corona Dialogues

Enabling dialogues between Turkey and Germany is an important objective of FNF Turkey. In the framework of the digital #LiberalHomeworks series, prominent Turkish journalist Nevşin Mengü hosts the weekly program “Corona Dialogues” on her Instagram account. With German personalities of Turkish descent she discusses the impacts of the Corona crisis on society.

Turkish Public Opinion on Privacy and Personal Liberties

The Corona pandemic has changed the world and will have a lasting impact on our societies. In a climate of uncertainty data matters. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom's Turkey Office has cooperated with the Research Consultancy Istanbul Economics Research to conduct a representative survey on how Turkish citizens weigh their privacy rights and personal liberties in the fight against the pandemic.

Liberalism 101: Podcast

In recent years, we have obeserved that young people in Turkey tend to misunderstand the fundamental values of freedoms. Challenged by a political agenda that increasingly polarizes society, the liberal youth organization 3H Mouvement has launched the podcast project Liberalism101. Our parters describe the project as a "defense" against the polarization of society when it comes to liberalism. The show wants to explain the basic principles and values of liberalism to a young audience in simple and understandable language. Stretched over twenty weeks, the editors of Liberalism101 invite an expert to every show to discuss and evaluate current topics with a  liberal perspective in mind.  The list of topics is long and reaches from the philosophical origins of liberal thought  to current issues like the  freedom of the press, human rights and LGBTI+ rights.

Safety and Privacy in the Time of COVID-19: Contact Tracking Applications

As the number of global COVID-19 confirmed cases passed 5 million, public and private actors are continuing to take measures to contain the pandemic. A common denominator for containing the spread of the virus has been the use of a trio of non-pharmaceutical interventions: social distancing, testing, and contact tracing for infected individuals. While there are significant scientific and political debates on both social distancing rules and the number of testing, this paper focuses on contact tracing applications (apps). Contact tracing provides authorities information required to identify anyone who has been in relatively close contact with the subject individual. Health authorities widely use this instrument to create the list of at-risk individuals who a certain patient has been in contact with. Read more about the advantages and disdavantages of contact tracing in the full report prepared by the EDAM Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies

Let's Play! Kahoot Game on Liberalism

It's play time! Over five weeks, participants from all over Turkey raced on Kahoot to test and prove their knowledge on various liberal areas: from digitalization to democracy and from human rights to the free market. In the last tournament the best players from the first four weeks competed over the grand prize, a kindle e-reader! After five fun rounds, all players did not only new knowledge, they also made new friends among the other participants. Stay tuned for other fun liberal games to come!

Liberalism and Political Parties in Turkey

During the Corona pandemic, media plattforms worked on full speed to present us up-to-date news and information all around the clock. Being locked in at home and restricted in physical contacts, many people sought for more intellectual input. Our partner Daktilo 1984 is not only a valuable resource to get information on what is going on on the political stage in Turkey. They also provide the relevant background analyses, new perspectives, intense discussions and commentaries! If you want to dive deep in Turkish politics and economics in times of Corona, check their work!

“The Millenial Takeover”: International Young Leaders Academy

Leadership and Youth are often perceived as an antagonism, especially in more conservative societies. This has led to a monopolization of leadership positions by boomers who dominate business, academia, and politics. The time has come for Millennials and GenZ to strike back. FNF Turkey has put the issue of leadership and youth high on the agenda in an ongoing effort to contribute to a more democratic, responsible, active and, in the end also, politically more aware society. In June and July, we hosted the first International Young Leaders Academy. The Academy equipped young political activists with the skills to convince others, build relationships, communicate strategically and lead like true leaders. Therefore, the Academy was divided into four thematic blocks.