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Limits of the Applicability of New Technologies The case of Turkish Parliament


Organization of the Presentation • Minutes services in the Turkish Parliament • Main difficulties faced. • Conclusion: Prospects for adapting new technologies to minutes services.


Stenography at theTurkish Parliament


Main Grounds of Work

• Plenary sessions • Committee sessions


Organization Chart of the Minutes Services MANAGER

ASSISTANT MANAGER (Committees)

ASSISTANT MANAGER (Plenary)

ASSISTANT MANAGER (Administrative Affairs)

EXPERT STENOGRAPHER (10)

STENOGRAPHER (2) Summarization of minutes

STENOGRAPHER (34)

HEAD CLERK (1)

ASSISTANT STENOGRAPHER (26)

CLERKS (11)


Record (stenography and sound record)

Decipherment and check

Server (Classification)

Plenary minutes (Classification)

Distribution

Internet

Correction on Softcopies

Committees and other Record services (Classification)

Check by expert stenographer Summary of the minutes

Content

Last check

Catalogue

Journal of Records


The Main Difficulties in Plenary Sessions


A normal talk is OK


However… • When the microphone is automatically closed yet the speaker continues to talk: ‘Microphone is closed by the automatic device’ is noted but we keep on writing • Many people talking at the same time • Interruptions


Rules of Procedure Article 155: ‘In the Plenary, the minutes are recroded verbatim or as summary Verbatim minutes are recorded with the help of the voice recorder by stenographers.’


High tension as part of the working routine


Minutes as evidence in court cases


A normal one‌


Tension reflected‌


Tension in steno


Committees

Article 33: ‘If the committee so decides, a full minute is recorded’


Conclusion • Difficulties constitute a fundamental limit to applicability of technologies. • Under existing conditions mentioned above, it seems hard to solemnly rely on technology, leaving aside the stenographer factor. • It is limited by abovementioned parliamentary traditions and practices, cultural traditions and the rules of procedure.

Limits of the Applicability of New Technologies: The case of the Turkish Parliament  

Presentation by Ayşe Yedekçi