Turkey may leave World Wide Web says Communication Minister

Posted Apr 19, 2014 by Paul Iddon
Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Lüfti Elvan says Turkey may establish a national 'ttt' protocol instead of the regularly used 'www'.
A group of students peacefully celebrate with flags in Turkey
A group of students peacefully celebrate with flags in Turkey
Hurriyet Daily News report Elvan has defended the action saying that several EU countries have toyed with the idea of establishing "their own national Internet protocols."
He went on to explain how,
"Instead of www, a ttt system can be formed. Turkey and other countries can establish their own domains. Such a move would detach the Internet systems from each other. This is a controversial issue."
Elvan has also said there should be what he calls an "international convention" in order to curb what he sees as "the lack of control over social media."
He also stated that, "The only source address of social media is U.S-based companies. That's why, EU countries led by Germany and France also have problems with it. These countries are in talks with the U.S social media should have a joint international text of rules like the United Nations Charter. Otherwise, countries may form their own internet domains to have more security."
However, as the report points out, no country has yet left the mainstream internet in order to establish a national intranet.
His comments are also notable and of concern since they come mere weeks after Turkey has blocked access to the social networking site Twitter. Which, as Reuters reported, according to the constitutional court, which investigated the legality of such a move, is a flagrant violation of the Turkish peoples individual rights and freedom of speech.
The Verge also reported late last month that Google said Turkey was intercepting web traffic in order to spy on internet users in the country. A clear and blatant violation of their privacy.