'Digital Obesity' Warning from Karaismailoğlu

'Digital Obesity' Warning from Karaismailoğlu
'Digital Obesity' Warning from Karaismailoğlu

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that children and young people need safe digital environments before anyone else and said, "Like excessive and excessive calories can make the body sick over time, unlimited consumption of all unnecessary content in digital environments without filtering causes digital obesity and digital addiction. It should not be forgotten,” he said. Karaismailoğlu also drew attention to the information pollution in digital environments.

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, participated in the 2022 Safe Internet Day Program with a video message. Noting that we are passing through a period in which online security becomes more and more important every year, Karaismailoğlu said, "The demand for the internet and social media channels has increased, especially with the trigger of the epidemic conditions. Of course, as the usage rates of these channels have increased, the dangers and risks experienced in these channels, which are powered by the users and the data created by the users, have also increased considerably. Many digital risks, especially cyberbullying, online abuse of children, social media and game addiction, have reached a level that threatens our children today. At this point, it is extremely important to use the internet and social media channels consciously and safely.”

PROVIDING A “CLEAN” AND “SAFE” DIGITAL WORLD IS ONE OF OUR GOALS

Karaismailoğlu, who stated that he believed that the use of "Safe Internet Service", which was created by the Information Technologies and Communication Authority and can be preferred as two options according to families and children, would be beneficial especially at this point, and made the following assessments:

“We invite our citizens to use this service. On the occasion of the 'Safe Internet Day', I would like to emphasize once again that it is one of our most important goals to offer a 'clean' and 'safe' digital world in every aspect to our children, young siblings and all citizens born in a digital world. It should not be forgotten that our children and youth need safe digital environments before anyone else.”

WE HAVE POSITIVE RESULTS FROM THE STUDY “TURKEY'S DATA MUST STAY IN TURKEY”

Karaismailoğlu stated that positive results were obtained from the studies initiated by saying "Turkey's data should remain in Turkey" in order to protect the privacy of personal data, and that they welcome the widespread use of domestic and national messaging applications, and that he believes it increases digital awareness. Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport, said, "Digital media has become a representation of cultural imperialism, especially for our youth," and continued his speech as follows:

“At this point, we have to be a society that produces by using the internet consciously, not consuming its mind, time and energy by using the internet and social networks irresponsibly. We will not allow technological developments and digital media to capture and consume us and our children. It should not be forgotten that consuming all necessary unnecessary content without a filter in digital environments will cause digital obesity and digital addiction, just as excessive and excessive calories can make the body sick over time. There are many risks on the internet and social networks, such as reputation assassination, disinformation, digital fraud, terrorist propaganda, insults. We are passing through a period in which it is extremely important to create a digital awareness in the society, along with legal means in the fight against such harmful and illegal content. We believe that multiplying goodness and producing good content is a strategic force in the fight against evil. Enlightening both himself and the society with positive and useful content, protecting his cultural and moral values ​​and taking him one step further; Individuals who produce and shape technology will also shape the future.”

With this belief, Karaismailoğlu noted that the Information Technologies and Communications Authority started the "Open Source Digital Content Production Project", to develop and spread the learning culture, to contribute to the transformation of digital literacy into technology, social welfare and happiness, development, art, science and innovation. stated that they found this project very valuable.

INFORMATION POLLUTION IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said, “One of the biggest problems in digital environments today is undoubtedly 'information pollution' and the centers trying to gain power by feeding on this pollution. The false and misleading information that exists in every period has increased with the widespread use of social media channels and has descended like a black cloud over the freedom of information of our citizens. In digital environments where lies and truth are intertwined, conscious use of the internet and social media channels and acquiring digital literacy skills are among the top things to be done in order to reach the right information and detect false information. At this point, it is essential to choose reliable news sources, not to rely on unsourced content, to use the internet consciously, and to fight against lies and information pollution.

Emphasizing that technology and digitalization are meaningful when they serve humanity and are used for the benefit of humanity, Karaismailoğlu said, "I am working to establish an order in which humanity is not under the command of technology, but also on the cyber ground, where technology is at the disposal of humanity, and I hope that this awareness will be formed in the whole society."

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