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War Crime Evidence, Devs for Ukraine, The Network for the Protection of Cultural Property in Ukraine, More: Ukraine Update, April 10, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Government of Ukraine: Dmytro Kuleba: Online archive of war crimes will help bring Russian criminals to justice. “Together with partners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has created an online archive to document Russia’s war crimes. The evidence gathered here of atrocities committed by the Russian army in Ukraine will ensure that these war criminals cannot escape justice… The ministry will constantly update the archive data in cooperation with Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, international organizations and monitoring missions.”

EVENTS

Smashing Magazine: Devs For Ukraine, A Free Online Charity Conference. “In these difficult times, we all are Ukraine. Today we would like to highlight a wonderful initiative from the community: Devs For Ukraine, a free online charity conference in support of Ukraine, organized by the lovely people at Remote. The conference will take place April 25–26, 2022, with the goal to raise funds and provide support to Ukraine. The funds raised during the two days of the event will be evenly divided between eight non-governmental organizations.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Engadget: Google blocks Russian parliament YouTube channel. “Google has blocked Russia’s Duma TV YouTube channel, according to Reuters. On Saturday, the company said it had ‘terminated’ the channel, which airs meetings of Russia’s lower house of parliament, for a violation of the platform’s terms of service.”

Public Radio of Armenia: Russia demands from Google to unblock Parliament’s channel on YouTube. “Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has demanded from Google, which owns YouTube video hosting, to unblock Duma TV – the channel for the lower house of the Russian parliament, Google has also been asked to provide the reasons for the blocking.”

Euractiv: Lithuanian ministers call for Yandex apps to be removed from Europe. “Food delivery, ride-hailing, and transfer apps owned by Russia’s Yandex should be removed from e-commerce platforms available in Europe, according to Lithuanian economy minister Aušrinė Armonaitė and defence minister Arvydas Anušauskas.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Deutsche Welle: The network protecting Ukraine’s cultural heritage. “In March, Claudia Roth, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, launched the Network for the Protection of Cultural Property in Ukraine together with the German Foreign Office. The aim is to better protect cultural treasures, gather information and coordinate aid measures. Much of the work will be done from Germany, with ICOM [International Council of Museums] Germany serving as the central contact point.”

Radio Free Europe: In Russia’s War On Ukraine, Historians Find Themselves On The Front Lines, Figuratively And Literally. “In recent years, Russia has fiercely resisted efforts to shed light on Soviet-era repressions and to name the security agents who killed millions of Soviet citizens under dictator Josef Stalin and other Soviet leaders. At the same time, Ukraine – since the 2013-14 Maidan protests drove Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych out of the country – has been throwing open Soviet archives and releasing troves of detailed information about the past.”

The Conversation: How the Russia-Ukraine conflict has put cryptocurrencies in the spotlight. “Our work examining the digital transformation of the accounting profession has led us to delve into the world of cryptocurrency to explore how it operates and how it is regulated. As the armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia rages on, countries’ interest in regulating cryptocurrency has never been so urgent. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is not just a war of bombs and bullets. It is also a digital war of which cryptocurrency is just one of many components.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Conversation: Airbnb’s Ukraine moment is a reminder of what the sharing economy can be. “As desirable vacation destinations go, war-torn Ukraine must surely rate low. But in the first month of Russia’s invasion, Airbnb bookings in Ukraine boomed, as people around the world used the accommodation platform to channel more than US$15 million in donations to the country. As with other forms of direct donation, using Airbnb to channel aid to Ukraine has been problematic. The company was relatively quick to waive the 20% commission it usually charges on transactions. But stopping scammers from setting up fake accounts to collect money from well-meaning donors has proven more difficult.”

Silicon Republic: EU bans high-value crypto services to Russia to close ‘loopholes’. “The EU has issued a fifth round of sanctions against Russia in relation to its invasion of Ukraine, which includes a ban on providing high-value crypto services to Russia in a bid to ‘close potential loopholes’. Agreed today (8 April), the decision made by the European Council is a response to fears that Russians are circumventing existing sanctions by moving money abroad using crypto wallets.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Daily Kos: Ukraine Update: The challenges of sifting through the fog of war. “The truth is out there, but in the fog of war, it drips out in bits and pieces, all the while all the crap above muddies the water. Our job is to piece together all confirmed facts to try and paint a picture of what is actually happening on the ground, all the while acknowledging holes in our knowledge.”

Rappler: [OPINION] The Philippines as disinformation battleground in the Ukraine War. “International condemnation of the Kremlin’s actions was most prominently demonstrated on March 1, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s ‘special military operation’ by a vote of 141 in favor, five against, and 35 abstentions. The Philippines was one of the countries that voted in support of the resolution. The Philippine position notwithstanding, it is possible to observe the propagation of Russia’s vision of the Ukraine conflict when one examines the comment sections of Philippine news outlets that have published reportage on the Ukraine invasion on social media.”

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