Ada(s), My Little Pony, Lowell Mill Girls and How Internet could still be NICE…)

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Left to right: Quinn Norton, Ada, Isik Mater, Asli Telli Aydemir, Baris Buyukakyol and Ugurcan Ergun. August 3, 2015 @ Café Kafka, Istanbul

Just the night before “Ada Initiative” announced its shutdown (https://adainitiative.org/2015/08/announcing-the-shutdown-of-the-ada-initiative/), we met Quinn Norton (http://quinnnorton.com/) and her daughter, Ada at Café Kafka (August 3, 2015) amidst the jammy summer schedule of Istanbul. What a controversial coincidence?! You will definitely take a closer glimpse once the gothic walls of Café Kafka, despite the magnificent Bosphorus view, whisper a few clues of our conversation.

Alternative Informatics Association (a.k.a. AIA or Alternatif Bilisim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_informatics_association) founded in late 2010, has been receiving considerable interest from international networks, solidarity groups, coalitions, new wave activist hubs per se ever since the Internet Ungovernance Forum (https://iuf.alternatifbilisim.org/), thus Quinn also got in touch with us during her half relaxed-half journalistic stay in town. We had the utmost pleasure and luck to get to know Ada (12), too the other night— her whimsical daughter of interests on the cyber-frontiers (she must have taken after her mother big time) . …

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