When Turkish citizens in Istanbul occupied Gezi Park and nearby Taksim Square in late May to oppose a planned government development, they set off a nation in protest and faced a fierce government response. With Reuters reporting on Wednesday that a Turkish court actually ruled in early June against the developments during the height of the public response, it now appears that the protesters achieved their symbolic goal. But with protests continuing in Bosnia, Brazil and with wild scenes in Egypt as a nation faces another coup, democratic movements across the globe can learn from the how the Turkish protesters used a range of technologies to better organize and spread their message. http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2013/07/03/the-tech-that-helped-turkish-protesters/
James F. Booth
For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.