Director of Communications Altun speaks at “TRT International Metaverse and Broadcasting Forum”

Director of Communications Altun speaks at “TRT International Metaverse and Broadcasting Forum”

Director of Communications Altun: "When we consider the current state of social media platforms and the fact that they market the fascism they impose on the world to all of humanity under the guise of 'democracy,' it is clear that we face a grave threat."

Presidency's Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun delivered the opening speech of the "TRT International Metaverse and Broadcasting Forum" organised by TRT at UNIQ Istanbul.

Director of Communications Altun said, "When we consider the current state of social media platforms and the fact that they market the fascism they impose on the world to all of humanity under the guise of 'democracy,' it is clear that we face a grave threat. We are well aware of how terrorist organisations suppress opposing voices in these environments where they produce propaganda without intervention. For these reasons, we believe that a power like Türkiye, which represents the regions beyond its territory with which it shares a heart-bond, should be a part of the process of building the 'metaverse' with all of its means."

Director of Communications Altun noted that he believes the forum will pave the way for an important discussion on how Web 3.0, a new phase of digital technology, and its accompanying metaverse media will shape the media and broadcasting sector.

Stating the "metaverse" has recently gained the attention of the global public and has become an indispensable part of life, Director of Communications Altun said that the "metaverse" symbolises a new vision for the future of the internet.

Emphasising that this medium, in which people engage in limited activities, appears to rapidly transform our lives, business practices, and worldview, Director of Communications Altun said, "Without a doubt, the Metaverse provides individuals, states, and global society with a new perspective on the world, but as with any technological advancement, we must also consider the Metaverse's opportunities and threats. It is crucial to be a part of these developments and correctly interpret them in order to capitalise on the Metaverse's opportunities and counteract its threats."

Citing an example from Jean Baudrillard's "simulation" theory, Director of Communications Altun stated that the image and reality had been transformed in the simulation universe.

Director of Communications Altun remarked that, according to Baudrillard, both have vanished and that the Simulation age is the era of virtual reality.

Referring to Baudrillard's statement from nearly four decades ago, "In this age, ideas are no longer able to represent reality and truth, a serious representation crisis has emerged," Director of Communications Altun stated that these ideas continue to serve as a fundamental critique of the virtual reality universe of today.

Asking, "Is the metaverse a universe in which the truth has been lost, the truth has been swallowed?" Director of Communications Altun made the following statements:

"Does the Metaverse's commercialisation of all types of biological, psychological, and quantitative data, on the one hand, bring with it the issue of 'commodification of people' and, on the other, utterly destroy the possibility of thoughts representing the truth? If the Metaverse is a simulation universe, will it be possible to discuss a line between reality and image? Or will we be talking about the eradication of the truth? The concept of connecting the human brain to the virtual world may not initially be seen as problematic for the purposes of entertainment, comfort, and financial gain. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that this will exacerbate many existing problems, such as "digital colonialism," "digital siege," and "digital fascism. All of these concerns, which have intensified with the expansion of the simulation industry, can be augmented by the fact that the large technology firms that claim to have designed this transformation are now positioning themselves as broadcasters. Therefore, in the future, we must be prepared and vigilant against the threats and dangers posed by digitalisation and technology, as well as the opportunities it presents."

Noting that Türkiye has been looking to the future for 20 years under the strong and visionary leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Director of Communications Altun stated that during this time, while Türkiye was equipped with highways, bridges, and tunnels, it was also undergoing a breakthrough process in which technology and the internet were expanded and made accessible to the masses through large investments in information and communication technologies.

"We have achieved the work of 100 years in only 20 years in the field of technology"

Stating that, over the past two decades, revolutionary progress has been made in numerous fields, including qualified human resources, research and development, information infrastructure, and technological transformation, Director of Communications Altun said:

"I would like to demonstrate this great breakthrough with some statistical data. We increased the share of R&D expenditures in GDP from 5‰ to over 1%; in other words, from 1.84 billion TL to 85 billion TL. Since 2002, we have increased by a factor of six the number of R&D personnel to 200,000 and the number of R&D centres to 1,256. In terms of trademark applications, we ranked first in Europe. In 2020, we reached the highest level on the global innovation index in the Republic's entire history. Today, our 92 technology development zones have generated $6.8 billion in export revenue. Furthermore, we received 7.5 billion dollars in export revenue from 24 industrial regions. In addition, the number of our design centres reached 337, and these centres have received a high number of design applications, with a total of 48 thousand."

Director of Communications Altun recalled that the work began with the announcement of the National Space Program under President Erdoğan's leadership and said, "The glorious flag of great and powerful Türkiye will now wave more strongly in space. Our President will also attend the opening ceremony of the new building of the Center for Life Sciences and Technologies of Kandilli Science, Technology and Research Facility at Kandilli Complex of Boğaziçi University. As can be seen, we have achieved the work of 100 years in only 20 years in the field of technology. All these works reveal that we are a global power in science and technology."

Director of Communications Altun explained that it is no coincidence that projects such as e-Government, which are not available in many European countries today, were implemented in Türkiye many years ago and stated that Türkiye has advanced with these investments made under the leadership of President Erdoğan.

Director of Communications Altun said, "Praise be to Allah, this silent revolution, which we have all witnessed, has broken the moulds imposed on our noble nation since the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Since 2002, while fighting for democracy and freedom against domestic and foreign tutelage supporters, we have demolished each wall built in the minds of this nation, which once ruled over three continents."

Director of Communications Altun emphasised that while some said "our engineers cannot do this", "our factory cannot produce that", and "they will not allow us", all of them were done and produced one by one. He also stated that some people are uncomfortable with these actions.

Director of Communications Altun also said:

“We have received worldwide acclaim for our Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), which have changed the balance on battlefields and become the nightmare of terrorists. We hear grumbling when they hit targets. When our President says, 'I will not let anyone violate our people's rights' in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Black Sea, sorry for using this phrase, but those, who have their minds controlled by others, say, 'Let's not hit a sour note'. When he says, 'I will not allow those who support terrorist organisations to join NATO”, they are disturbed by it. With Allah's permission, Türkiye will also put its electric vehicle on the road, protect its citizens with vaccines manufactured in the country, and tenaciously defend its interests through domestic-national defence industry products. A country like Türkiye, which has transcended regional power to become a centre of global power, must participate in all global negotiations, stay abreast of all developments, and defend its rights and laws on all platforms. The fact that our President has declared the upcoming period a "period of digital mobilisation" with great foresight demonstrates his visionary leadership and the importance he places on every advancement in this field."

Emphasising that it is critical to prepare for the future in the most accurate, safe and powerful manner, Director of Communications Altun said that they must participate in and even pioneer the process of development in this field through their values, and they must reflect their cultural climate to this process.

Director of Communications Altun recalled President Erdoğan’s statement, "Our feet will be on the ground; our eyes will be on space. Our roots will be in the ground, our branches will reach into the sky,” and said that they are proud of the young people whose paths have been paved by the assistance provided and who are developing global projects in the field of digital technology. 

"We hope Turkish companies will take quick steps in the field of metaverse as well"

Director of Communications Altun stated that they do not doubt that this success will continue in new areas such as Web 3.0 and metaverse. Expressing his hope that Turkish companies will take quick steps and emerge as global leaders in the field of metaverse as well, Director of Communications Altun said:

"Today, the threats posed by the digital world necessitate a global digital legal order. As the Directorate of Communications, which has fought for truth in every field since its establishment, we, with all of our institutions and organisations, believe that the ‘metaverse’ should be developed to benefit humanity. When we consider the current state of social media platforms and the fact that they market the fascism they impose on the world to all of humanity under the guise of 'democracy,' it is clear that we face a grave threat. For these reasons, we believe that a power like Türkiye, which represents the regions beyond its territory with which it shares a heart-bond, should be a part of the process of building the 'metaverse' with all of its means.”

Director of Communications Altun recalled that the Türkiye Communication Model constitutes the framework for the institutionalisation of strategic communication, and he stated that this model unveils the aspirations and breakthroughs in communication and includes all new digital technology trends.

"We have completed the beta versions of the world's first public content platform icerik.gov.tr."

Director of Communications Altun pointed out that Presidency's Directorate of Communications is adding new initiatives to the State Information System, one of the primary tools for guaranteeing the unity of discourse in communication, and CIMER, where the heart of state-nation communication beats, and he said:

“I would like to announce that we have completed the beta versions of the Strategic Communication Management Platform and icerik.gov.tr, the world's first public content platform. We will integrate these two new projects with Metaverse in the near future. Considering all these, I think the 'Metaverse and Broadcasting Forum' hosted by TRT is of vital importance. With contributions from prominent figures in the field, this forum will discuss topics such as "the future of broadcasting" and "the design of the metaverse". It will also address what the ‘metaverse' promises to humanity in areas such as games, 'start-ups', media, art, fashion and education. I am confident that the discussions that will take place here will broaden our horizons and benefit humanity as a whole. TRT Metaverse and Broadcasting Forum will undoubtedly provide valuable outputs for all of us."