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Yaman Akdeniz

Dr. Yaman Akdeniz (LLB, MA, PhD) is a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Law Research Center, Faculty of Law and the Pro Rector for the Istanbul Bilgi University. Between 2001 and 2009, Akdeniz was at the School of Law, University of Leeds. He established Cyber-Rights.Org in the UK. More recently, Akdeniz was appointed as an ‘elected independent expert’ to the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users, and to the Council of Europe Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom. His recent publications include Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses and Racism on the Internet. Akdeniz also authored the 2006 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office entitled Stocktaking on efforts to combat Racism on the Internet; the 2010 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Turkey and InternetCensorship; and 2011 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Freedom of Expression on the Internet: Study of legal provisions and practices related to freedom of expression, the free flow of information and media pluralism on the Internet in OSCE participating States.