Turkey to give all citizens national email addresses
Email addresses will be added to identity cards given to children when born
In a remarkable new initiative, Turkey has announced plans to provide all of its 70 million citizens with an email address.
According to a report by the Anatolia News Agency, the chairman of Turkey's Information Technologies and Communication Board (BTK) said that The Anaposta project will see email addresses added to identity cards from birth, with each account having a quota of 10 gigabytes.
"... Every child will have an e-mail address written on his/her identity card since birth. So, will have a mobile network that can be used thanks to id number match and foreign networks, such as Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail, will not be used anymore," Acarer stated, adding that the software infrastructure of the project has already been completed and is now being tested.
It is part of a broader project that involves developing an internet search engine that is scheduled to be launched next year.
Acarer said that since all major search engines were based in foreign countries, they create a risk to communication security, and that they sometimes did not take into account the country's sensitivities.
"I believe that our search engine will be popular in Turkic countries and Muslim countries and I am confident that these countries will trust our search engine," Acarer added. While admirable, the idea isn't new - in September this year an Islamic search engine ImHalal was launched to help Muslims to avoid ‘haram' or forbidden subjects when searching the web.