This week my new article entitled “A Critical Discourse Analysis of Cybersecurity News in Turkish Media ” has been published in Cyberpolitik Journal Vol : 5 No: 9 (Summer, 2020).


During the past twenty years, a new concept of security called “cybersecurity” has come to the fore. Despite having no totally agreed-upon definition, cyber-security refers to a different understanding of security. In other words, military measures are not the main instruments to provide that kind of security. In a similar vein, as a result of globalization and the developments in information technologies, cybersecurity has become more critical for both governments and international organizations. Not only in Turkey, but in many other countries, the more digitalized the world has become, the more popular and debated cybersecurityrelated issues have become in media discourse. On the other hand, it is known that, recently critical discourse analysis has been a quite useful analytical tool for researchers to analyze news discourse. Discourse historical approach is a methodological tool in critical discourse studies which stresses the significance of historical context within which the discourse is embedded and the power relations can be analyzed. This article serves two purposes: First is to shed light on the concept of cybersecurity in general and the second is to analyze the state of cybersecurity in media of Turkey in particular. In this sense, cybersecurity-related news in Turkish print and online media play a key role in monitoring cybersecurity in Turkey. The news will be analyzed through applying Critical Discourse Analysis (Discourse Historical Approach in this study). The main conclusion of the study is that cybersecurity-related news cannot have a self-isolated nature like national security news and cyber threats are similar although the countries differ.


The methodology:

The methodology of the article is Discourse Historical Approach (DHA) which is a variant of critical discourse analysis methods. DHA was first developed in order to study an anti-Semitic stereotyped image, Feindbild in the 1986 Austrian presidential campaign of Kurt Waldheim. In the study of the 1986 Waldheim Affair, Wodak (1990) claimed that the context of the discourse has a major impact on the content of prejudice stories.


The Data:

The data that are subject to analysis are the newspaper articles published between 2016 and 2020. For every year two articles were selected. The articles were chosen randomly after a Google search that was made with the keywords “cybersecurity”, “cyberbullying” and “columns”. The main criterion is the content of the column. Each article uses at least one of the keywords of “cybersecurity” and “cyberbullying”. Also, the columns which were at the top of the Google search were selected. The timing of the analysis, which covers the period between 2016 and 2020 is particularly chosen because in April 2016, The Law No 6698 on the Protection of Personal Data entered into force.



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