Turkish Army Uses Algorithm to ‘Persecute’ Gulenists: Report

Balkan Insight, 25 November 2021.

"A new report published by StateWatch, a UK-based international rights organisation monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe, says an algorithm used to detect alleged government opponents in the Turkish Armed Forces, TSK, has been used to persecute thousands of people.

The report, “Algorithmic persecution in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown: The FETO-Meter system” says more than 20,000 military personnel have been dismissed since a failed coup attempt in 2016 on the basis of algorithms.

“The report shines a flashlight on the (mis)use of algorithms and other information-based systems by the Turkish government in its ruthless counterterrorism crackdown since the July 2016 events. Thousands of people have been put out of work, detained, and persecuted by reference to ‘scores’ assigned to them by a tool of persecution, the so-called FETO-Meter,” Ali Yildiz, one of the authors of the report and a legal expert, told BIRN."

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