Turkey is currently responsible for mass-censorship of journalists working in the county. The government controls the free expression and over 160 news media have been closed-down.
Alp Toker is founder of internet shutdown watchdog Turkey Blocks and chief technologist at TVHI Media Lab, the R&D group behind NewsKit, a suite of secure publishing, verification and investigative tools for journalists.
Alp is currently heading up development of a technology platform that can detect and classify mass-scale social media censorship and internet restrictions in real-time to identify emerging threats to media freedom and freedom of expression online.
Alp studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh and coordinates research on immersive storytelling, Virtual Reality and algorithmic journalism as part of his work at the lab. Over the last year he has run workshops with Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House and Columbia School of Journalism, writing and reporting for international news outlets on the intersection of conflict and cyber-security and working to enable the free and independent exchange of information online.