Özgür Uçkan, one of the pioneers of the digital rights and free Internet movement in Turkey, passed away on 10 July. He was 54 years old, and had been battling with cancer for two years.
He was one of the founders of the Turkish EDRi member Alternative Informatics Association (AIA) and his contribution to the AIA and to the struggle against surveillance and censorship in Turkey was enormous. He held the post of the EDRi representativeness of AIA, but had to leave this post due to his illness.
Özgür was an multi-faceted person and successfully combined activism with his academic life and art criticism. He was a well-known personality in Turkey who frequently appeared in conferences and media.
He will be dearly missed.
Dr. Özgür Uçkan passed away (only in Turkish)
(Contribution by Melih Kirlidog, EDRi member Alternatif Bilisim, Turkey)