Technological regulations on an orient mindset only leads to new problems

I will be giving a speech in London for Content Delivery World in november. While working on choosing the topic, one of the things that came to mind was the differences between developing and already developed countries whilst creating the regulations.
Of course, the reason of those differences are diverse perspectives. I’m sure CEO’s of developing countries are going though these differences, however, I’m not really sure if they analyse the situation and create awareness to submerge it into the corporal structure afterwards, or sweep it under the carpet.
We feel these differences especially on technology sector. For instance, when it comes to copyrights, we automatically think about illegal movie distribution and viewing on the east. The law on this subject is clear enough to not leave any room for any commentary. However, the illegal use is still pretty common in daily life. In this case, it seems easier to just ignore the situation rather than creating a solution. Only in the west, problem is solved firstly by pay tv’s and then the humanitarian approach of europe commission. After a while, the distance between two different viewpoints gets bigger. For instance, a website called hitspor in Turkey puts up a video of a football match with their own commentary without any copyright infringement, and they are still faced with an access denial. At the same time, Europe commission bends the copyright regulations to a point that the subscriber can access to the content they paid for regardless of the country they reside in.
For that matter, with a recent regulation, it was decided that the jailbroken(Jailbreak – way of a software restriction removal) devices would not be out of warranty or insurance.
We can also see the differences of viewpoints on two different high courts working on the same subject. While Europe comission came to the conclusion of child content to be seperated from adult content on the OTT TV regulation, the same subject ended up reaching the odd conclusion of a license request from Turkey for any kind of news material that includes Turkey.
I came across a news that recently a competition authority has fined Apple and Samsung for deliberately slowing down devices for a substantial amount. Since it was against the theory I have mentioned until now, I was curious to read on. I found out that the mentioned competition authority belonged to Italy government.
I know that they have reproaches on the aforementioned companies in their developing country. However, the point of origin is mostly the viewpoint of taxes not being paid to the government. And this is way far-off the humanitarian viewpoint.
In my conferences, I prefer to link the digital transformation to a difference of viewpoint, the humanitarian approach rather than the technological advances. This strategy is valid for not only the companies, but also for any structure that wishes to realize their digital transformation. In other words, when it comes to digital transformation, we need to shift the whole paradigm of the structure to a humanitarian viewpoint before giving everyone new numbers, computers, managing paperless documents and ERP’s. This is valid for not just management and marketing but also HR, sales and even IT.
This digital transformation is valid for not just companies, but also governmental organizations, NGO’s and even government themselves.
As long as this strategic paradigm shift is not applied, everything from the investments to regulations and legislations will turn useless, and this will also lead to bigger problems. I believe the stepping stone for the developing countries for the next ten years will be this change of viewpoint.


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Atif Unaldi

Setting up the BBS system enabling the communication of two persons over telephone lines when he was a student at the Physics Department at the Bosphorus University, Atıf Unaldı established the first Internet connection in Turkey. He achieved a “first of its kind” type project again in Turkey by making an Internet and information program at Radio D (Radio Club) named “Farenin Kuyrugu” (The Tail of the Mouse) between 1992-1994. In 1994, he prepared, presented and produced a nightly live show,”RadyoNet”, appearing five weekdays on Kanal D. This was the first program consisted of live computer pictures from beginning to end. Atıf Unaldı was the General Director of the first Internet server in Turkey, Anadolu.Net, between 1994-1996. Being the supervisor of the World Air Games I in 1996 and 1997, he registered the sportsmen into the games over the Internet and Intranet. In 1998, he also became the Internet supervisor of the Sabah Group, and worked as a consultant in the project to sell Sabah Kitapları (Sabah Books) over the Internet. In the same year, he continued to write at his column (Yeni Ufuklar-New Horizons) in the .Net magazine, which was a publication of the Milliyet Group. In 1999, he was appointed as the webmaster in Ihlas.Net, and he also designed and administered it. In the very same year, he wrote at a column in an IT magazine, Pcweek of the Sabah Group. In the meantime, founding a web-design company, Artmedya, Unaldı prepared an Internet magazine talk show program for BRT, GeceNet, which he presented with Romina Ozipekci. Later, continuing to write in his column in the magazine, Canteen of the Aksam Group, Atıf Unaldı gave web-design lectures in the Ceramic Department of the IU. Leaving his position in Canteen upon the establishment of the Interporbil Group, Unaldı has been a columnist in the economy magazine, EkoTimes. At the moment, Atıf Unaldı is the columnist in the Computerlife magazine. He has been also a columnist in Finansal Forum newspaper every Wednesday. Being the brand consultant of, Unaldi produced and presented a programme, TRON, in Technology Channel. As of December 2004, becoming the IT Director of Star Media Group, Unaldi carried out the editorship of STARTEK supplement of Star newspaper. Currently being the Internet Director of Kanal D and Star Tv, Unaldi also produces the Technorock programme in Rock Fm. Being one of the founders of the group called Sitebuilders supported by Microsoft, Unaldı has been organising conferences, seminars and panels concerning “Web-design”, “mobile Internet”, “e-trade” and “advertisement in the Internet” with the group. The group has been successfully providing the persons and organisations with its free educational studies. Published Books 2006 Netizen ( Internet Dictionary ) The contests he participated as a juryman: 2002 - Altın Örümcek Web Contest 2003 - Altın Örümcek Web Contest 2004 - Grafi2000 Flash Animation Contest 2004 - Altın Örümcek Web Contest 2005 - Altın Örümcek Web Contest 2006 - Web Marketing Assotion - Web Awards His published articles: The Structuring of the Internet in the Information Society of Turkey, Yeni Turkiye Dergisi (The New Turkey Magazine), March 1998 Web-design criteria, Yıldız Technical University Publication, 1994 Conferences, Seminars and Professional Activites: 1999 - Informing the sitebuilders and e-trade and web-design seminars in Microsoft headquarters (Istanbul) 1999 - Web-design, e-trade, Media Technologies seminars within Microsoft (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, Antalya) 2000 - e-trade seminars within Kosgeb (Ankara) 2000 - e-trade seminars in the Fatih University (Ankara) 2000 - The Bilgi University Internet seminars (Speakers: Microsoft Turkey General Director Sureyya Ciliv, Atıf Unaldı) 2000 - Within the framework of the IT 2000 activities, e-trade and web design seminars (Istanbul) 2003 - PRCI Turkiye (Istanbul) 2003 - Wireless Forum ( İstanbul) 2003 - ODTU ( Ankara ) 2003 - ( İstanbul ) 2004 - PRCI ( İstanbul) The softwares he translated: 1996 - Windows Commander 2000 - Babylon Internet Dictionary 2002 - Sitepublisher Softwares: 1992 - The installation of two radio automation systems (Radyo Kulup and Radyo C) (1995) 1994 - The software of two computer programs (Crossword and Puzzle) which were played with the participation of the television audience at Kanal 6 television. 1996 - The Turkish version of a program called Windows Commander 1998 - A computer software enabling the automation of the TV advertisement department The organisations he is the member of: WSP (Web Standards Project) A global organisation Sitebuilders Microsoft ASP Guilt A world organisation Isoc (Internet Society) A world organisation Mobile Advertising Platform CehTURK

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