Cultural Heritage at Risk, Fanny Lechevalier Lafon Art, Medical Supply Fundraising, More: Ukraine Update, July 19, 2022


International Council of Museums: ICOM is Preparing an Emergency ICOM Red List of Cultural Heritage at Risk for Ukraine. “ICOM, in close cooperation with its National Committee in Ukraine, is preparing an Emergency Red List of Cultural Objects at Risk for Ukraine to combat illicit traffic following the invasion.”

Boing Boing: French artist collages war photos from Ukraine into classical paintings. “Fanny Lechevalier Lafon is a French artist trained in classical painting techniques at the School of Fine Arts, Rennes. She also does digital collage. Feeling like she wanted to do something in response to the horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine she saw daily on French media, she decided to do what she does best: make art.” The first image in the article made me go “meh” but the other ones were much more striking, especially the William Banks Fortescue combination.

Enfield Independent: London hospitals launched website to help donate urgent supplies to Ukraine. “People are being invited to visit the new website and purchase items that will then be packaged and dispatched to the war-torn country. Medical supplies needed in Ukraine include ventilators, crutches, walking frames, respiratory masks, scrubs, bandages and wound kits.”


World Monuments Fund: WMF Announces New Projects to Protect Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage with Local and International Partners. “World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the launch of four new projects as part of its recently established Ukraine Heritage Response Fund to address the immediate, critical needs of heritage professionals in Ukraine and to lay the groundwork for the future rehabilitation and long-term recovery of cultural heritage in the country.”


New York Times: The War in Ukraine Is the True Culture War. “The appalling damage to theaters, libraries and religious sites (above all in Mariupol, the occupied city in Ukraine’s southeast) in these past four months alone broadens a horrendous tide of cultural destruction this century, in Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Mali, Armenia and Afghanistan. But the risks to Ukrainian culture are more than mere collateral damage.”

Washington Post: Ukraine wants social media to up its game against Russian propaganda. “Tech companies took aggressive steps to weed out misinformation and disinformation in the early days of the war, developing policies to limit Russian state media and supercharging their fact-checking teams. But as the Russians’ tactics are evolving, officials say the tech companies aren’t keeping pace.”

Jerusalem Post: Ukraine’s unexpected social media weapon: Patron the dog. “An unlikely fighter for Ukraine emerged on social media in the months since Russia’s invasion on February 24: Patron the dog. Patron was recently presented with Medal for Dedicated Services by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”


Reuters: Russia fines Google $370 million for repeated content violations, regulator says. “Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google was fined 21.1 billion roubles ($373 million) on Monday by a Moscow court for a repeated failure to remove content Russia deems illegal, such as ‘fake news’ about the conflict in Ukraine, Russia’s communications regulator said.”

Financial Times: TikTok resists calls to preserve Ukraine content for war crime investigations . “TikTok is resisting calls to preserve and hand over access to its content for war crime investigations, as lawyers and activists warn that the Chinese-owned app is a major data challenge in prosecuting atrocities in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

Bloomberg: Russia Seeks to Punish Expats Who Criticize War on Social Media. “While the exact number of Russians charged in absentia is difficult to quantify, Moscow is already using the fake news law, passed in March, to stifle independent voices on social media platforms where many young people consume their news, according to Stanislav Seleznev, a lawyer at Net Freedoms Project. Besides [Michael] Nacke, Russia has charged several other expatriates who have criticized the war on social media.”

WIRED: Russian ‘Hacktivists’ Are Causing Trouble Far Beyond Ukraine . “In recent months Killnet has targeted a growing list of countries that have supported Ukraine but are not directly involved in the war. Attacks against websites in Germany, Italy, Romania, Norway, Lithuania, and the United States have all been linked to Killnet.”


MIT Technology Review: Why business is booming for military AI startups . “NATO announced on June 30 that it is creating a $1 billion innovation fund that will invest in early-stage startups and venture capital funds developing ‘priority’ technologies such as artificial intelligence, big-data processing, and automation. Since the war started, the UK has launched a new AI strategy specifically for defense, and the Germans have earmarked just under half a billion for research and artificial intelligence within a $100 billion cash injection to the military.”

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