Russia-Ukraine Monitor Map, Children in Pro-War Demonstrations, Digital Cultural Property, More: Ukraine Update, May 16, 2022


Centre for Information Resilience: Eyes on Russia: Documenting conflict and disinformation in the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine. “The Centre for Information Resilience’s Eyes on Russia project has operated since January 2022 with one simple goal: provide timely and reliable information to the world. The CIR team, assisted by the wider open source community, created and now runs the Russia-Ukraine Monitor Map. The map serves as an archive of verified information that can be used by justice, accountability and advocacy groups. It is the heart of the project.”

Radio Free Europe: ‘The Future Of The Country’: Russian Activist Creates Database Of Schools That Use Children In Pro-War Demonstrations. “The Telegram channel, Oni Za Voinu! (They Are For The War!), is the brainchild of 36-year-old Dmitry Tsibiryov, a former coordinator for imprisoned opposition politician Aleksei Navalny from the Saratov region, on the Volga River. Tsibiryov left Russia in 2021, shortly after the organizations connected with Navalny were banned as ‘extremist’ and law enforcement began opening criminal cases against people who had worked for them.”


Reuters: Meta withdraws Ukraine war content policy guidance request. “Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc said on Wednesday it has withdrawn a request for policy guidance from its Oversight Board about the content moderation of posts related to Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine.”

Novaya Gazeta: Russian streaming service Yandex Music removes Mediazona’s ‘Fuck War’ podcast . “Russian streaming service Yandex Music has removed a podcast by independent news outlet Mediazona dubbed ‘Khuy Voyne’ (‘Fuck War’) on request of censorship agency Roskomnadzor.”


The Beacon: Irish extremist Telegram channels are sharing pro-Russia disinformation from sources directly linked to Kremlin security services. “No country has escaped Russia’s Information War, least of all the various shades of conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists. Having all but abandoned focusing on COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns, our own assortment of conspiracy theorists and extremists here in Ireland jumped on the war as their latest hobby horse. From the beginning of the war Russian disinformation was rife in their ecosphere. Nearly three months on, though, has that changed?”

National Defense: JUST IN: Marine Corps to Study Information Warfare in Ukraine. “As military operations continue in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Marine Corps officials say the conflict could be a useful case study for its modernization process. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has asked leaders to analyze the use of drones and information warfare in the war in Ukraine to inform Force Design 2030 — the modernization strategy that was released in 2020, according to the deputy commandant for information.”

Ars Technica: How a French satellite operator helps keep Russia’s TV propaganda online. “More than a decade on, Russia once again finds itself trying to consolidate its information hegemony in the region. And, once again, Eutelsat is making it possible. But two experts on the satellite industry say it’s time that Ukraine’s allies step up and force Eutelsat to prioritize real reportage on the situation in Ukraine over Russia’s state-backed disinformation.”


UPI: House Dems urge social media platforms to keep evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. “High-ranking House Democrats have called on the four major social media companies of Meta, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok to preserve and archive content shared on their platforms that could be used as evidence of Russian war crimes committed against Ukraine.”

Lieber Institute West Point: Ukraine Symposium – The Ukraine Conflict And The Future Of Digital Cultural Property. “Various international instruments explicitly provide for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict. As conceived, the law was formulated to protect physical works from damage or destruction in war. Events in Ukraine, however, have demonstrated that armed conflict can endanger digital material as well. Some digital creations might even qualify as a digital form of cultural property—that is, digital cultural property. Given the growing prevalence of digital material and the threat posed to all forms of cultural works in war, how should States approach their legal obligation to protect digital cultural property in the event of armed conflict?”

BBC: Eurovision 2022: Russian vote hacking attempt foiled, police say. “Police in Italy, where this year’s contest was staged, said the Killnet hacker group targeted the first semi-final – in which Ukraine performed – as well as Saturday’s grand final. But they said their cybersecurity division blocked the attacks.”


CBS News: Bellingcat: The online investigators tracking alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. “Since 2014, Bellingcat investigations have exposed Russia’s undercover hit squads and tied Russian troops to atrocities. Suffice to say the Russian government denies everything you are about to see in this story. But that’s exactly where Bellingcat comes in. Bellingcat’s founder, Eliot Higgins, has created a method of mining online data and social media to put the lie to disinformation and unmask Vladimir Putin.”

The Conversation: Ukraine’s information war is winning hearts and minds in the West. “As a scholar of armed conflict and security, I also find a compelling explanation for why the West is so focused on Ukraine in the Ukrainian government’s ability to provide information about the war in a way that appeals to Western sensibilities.”

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