War in Ukraine Dashboard, Ukraine Refugee Data Portal, New York Times on Telegram, More: Ukraine Update, Afternoon, March 14, 2022


Spotted on Twitter: the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s War in Ukraine dashboard. From the front page: “This dashboard provides a summary analysis of Russian government and state-backed media tweets, videos, and articles that mention one or more predefined keywords related to the current war on Ukraine. Content is sub-categorized by the board narratives used by the Kremlin to justify its ongoing invasion, such as blame cast on NATO engagement or extremism in Ukraine, or messaging used to push back against Western intervention, such as nuclear threats or counter-sanctions narratives.”

UNHCR: Launch of UNHCR data portal on Ukraine Refugee Situation. “UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has activated today a Ukraine Refugee Situation operational data portal. The portal contains the latest statistics on refugee arrivals from Ukraine to major receiving countries.”

New York Times: The New York Times launches a Telegram channel to deliver news about the war.. “To make our journalism more accessible to readers around the world, The New York Times has launched a new, dedicated channel on Telegram, a messaging platform with more than half a billion active users. This Telegram channel delivers reporting on the war from our continuous live blog, where Times journalists are providing witness accounts, interviews and breaking news from the conflict.”


Reuters: Meta Narrows Guidance to Prohibit Calls for Death of a Head of State. “Facebook owner Meta Platforms said on Sunday that it is further narrowing its content moderation policy for Ukraine to prohibit calls for the death of a head of state, according to an internal company post seen by Reuters.”


Techdirt: Video Games For Good: Releases “Bundle For Ukraine,” Raises Millions Of Dollars. “For all the posts we’ve done on the impact of video games on society, I have found myself typically either beating back the notion that gaming is a terrible thing responsible for all the world’s problems or talking about common IP conflicts. On the topic of the internet generally, well, it’s mostly the same. But we also have opportunities to talk about the good that gaming and the internet can do. Which brings us to and its brand new ‘Bundle For Ukraine.'”

CNET: How Ukrainian Civilians Are Using Phones to Share the Invasion With the World. “Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the world has gotten a direct view of the war as ordinary Ukrainians document the fighting tearing through their country. They’re not relying on sophisticated gear as they share videos and photos of the destruction and violence. Rather, they’re using the tools they’ve long relied on to communicate: smartphones, social media, messaging apps and a widespread telecommunications network that’s so far been spared from devastation.”

CNN: Fact check: How a false story about Leonardo DiCaprio donating $10 million to Ukraine spread around the world. “The International Visegrad Fund told CNN on Wednesday that, contrary to the news reports, it did not announce a $10 million DiCaprio donation to Ukraine and has no related information. So how did this false story spread so far? The saga of the nonexistent $10 million donation is a case study in how bad information can bubble up from the online fringes to mainstream media outlets — with outlet after outlet, big and small alike, simply repeating the story without independently verifying it.”


The Verge: A top Wikipedia editor has been arrested in Belarus. “The Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption of Belarus (GUBOPiK) has detained prominent Wikipedia editor Mark Bernstein, according to the Belarusian publication Zerkalo. The arrest comes after Bernstein’s personal information was shared on GOBUPiK’s public Telegram channel. Bernstein is one of the top 50 editors of Russian Wikipedia.”

CNBC: ‘For the first time in history anyone can join a war’: Volunteers join Russia-Ukraine cyber fight. “Cyber warfare related to the Ukraine-Russia conflict is surging as digital volunteers from around the world enter the fight. The number of cyberattacks being waged by — and on behalf of — both countries since the outbreak of the war is ‘staggering,’ according to the research arm of Check Point Software Technologies.”

Washington Post: Fleeing Putin’s wartime crackdown, Russian journalists build media hubs in exile. “The media clampdown in Russia that followed the invasion of Ukraine has decimated a journalism community already ground to near extinction by years of oppression. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 150 of Russia’s few remaining independent reporters and editors have left since tanks rolled into Ukraine, plunging Russia into what the group called an ‘information dark age.’ Now — in Lithuania, Latvia, Georgia and other former Soviet states where Russian remains a common language — they are scrambling to set up newsrooms in exile, determined to continue the hazardous mission of speaking truth to authoritarianism.”


Daily Beast: The Problem With Banning Russian Disinformation. “In a thoughtful new book, Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics—and How to Cure It, eminent University of California-Irvine law professor Richard L. Hasen proposes to counter the threat posed by ‘fake news’ and ‘cheap speech’ by tweaking First Amendment protections and permitting narrow, targeted restrictions of speech. Yet there remains a compelling case for why the U.S. approach to regulating speech is preferable to even a modest and well-intentioned pivot (such as the European model) when it comes to concerted disinformation and anti-democratic propaganda.”

Washington Post: Opinions | Putin’s assault also targets Ukraine’s history. “On Feb. 27 in Chernihiv oblast, Russian shelling severely damaged the regional headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine, or Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrainy (SBU), which houses important archival materials including documentation of Nazi atrocities in Ukraine. If Putin succeeds in destroying or removing critical records like those in the SBU archive, it could erase Ukrainians’ distinct experiences and buttress Putin’s view of history, in which, among many other things, he sees Ukrainians and Russians as one people.”

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