Mustafa Akgül

Institution

Internet Technologies Association

Country

Turkey

Position

Senior researcher

Homepage

http://akgul.web.tr/

Information

Mustafa Akgül is a distinguished member of the Internet Technologies Association, Turkey. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the Computer Technology and Information Systems Department at İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He got his PhD in Combinatorics and Optimisation from the University of Waterloo, Canada. After working at the University of Delaware and North Carolina State University, he joined the Industrial Engineering Department of Bilkent University.

Since the introduction of the internet in Turkey, his efforts were directed towards the promotion, dissemination and the establishment of the internet in Turkey. He has lectured, configured internet servers, organised seminars, conferences and campaigns about the internet. He is a leading organisers of the “Internet Conference of Turkey”, inet-tr.org.tr, “Academic Informatics Conference”, ab.org.tr, “Internet Fieasta”, internethaftasi.org.tr, “Public Network Conference” kamunet.inet-tr.org.tr and “State Informatics Council” meetings. He is one of the promoters of Linux and free software in Turkey. He is the founding president of the Linux Users Association of Turkey. He organised the “Linux and Free Software Festival”, the “Linux Camp” and “Rolling Linux Seminars”. He has worked on internet policies through the “Internet Advisory Board,” the “Public Network Technical Committee,” the “Informatics Commission of the 8th State Plan” and the “State Informatics Council,” among other. He has also worked for several informatics NGOs organising internet related activities. He has fought internet censorship via campaigns, declarations, protests and lectures. He has visited at least 60 provinces out of Turkey’s 81 to perform internet activities. His recent research interest concentrates on the internet and free software policies in Turkey.

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