Why are we running this project?

With a rapid increase in internet access and smartphone ownership, Turkey experiences a significant  shift in citizenship’s communication. Today, more than half of the population uses the internet and social media to communicate. This raises the question of how aspiring nations like Turkey handle topics such as internet freedom, online citizenship, cyber security and data confidentiality.

 

What are our goals?

In order to address this question, the think tank Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Istanbul launched a cyber policy program. Within this frame, Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting a fellowship program that enables young academics and researchers to enhance their expertise on cyber policy and to establish connections between the Turkish academic community and the European institutions.

 

How does the project work?

EDAM and the Robert Bosch Stiftung offer three fellowships. The first six months of the fellowship are spent at a renowned European think tank such as the NATO Cooperative Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. For the second half, they will apply their expertise to the further development of the Cyber Policy Program at EDAM in Istanbul and publish the results of their research. The fellows will be an important link to the international scholarly community as leading Turkey-based cyber experts. In addition, their work is a valuable contribution to the provision of up-to-date information on the international cyber policy debate to the interested public in Turkey.