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Ukraine, Russia and social media

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IPI special coverage of the war in Ukraine and practical support for independent media

Meta launches Sphere, an AI knowledge tool based on open web content, used initially to verify citations on Wikipediaground.news11 July 2022 (LINK)

Stop your crypto operations in Russia, Washington tells Japanese exchanges & minerscryptonews9 July 2022 (LINK)

Roskomnadzor media watchdog unblocks leading Russian crypto news outlet bitcoin7 July 2022 (LINK)

BitMEX restricts European Union-based Russians from accessing its platformthecoinrise6 July 2022 (LINK)

Russian media censor Roskomnadzor blocks major crypto news website Bits.mediabitcoin4 July 2022 (LINK)

Russian State-owned firm 'Rostec' creates Blockchain-based SWIFT alternativegzeromedia5 June 2022 (LINK)

Leading European and Ukrainian charity foundations announced their participation in the world's first innovative ChariFi's project — The Zelenskiy NFT, developed by the IamUkraine studio.chaintimes23 May 2022 (LINK)

Tesla Loses $126 Billions in Value Following Musk's Twitter Dealinvesting27 April 2022 (LINK)

False TikTok videos draw millions of viewsbbc25 April 2022 (LINK)

Aid groups, including Swiss, that help Ukraine face both cyber and physical threatscnn23 April 2022 (LINK)

Russia says Nyet, sanctions Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn's Roslansky, VP Harris and other US leaderstechcrunch21 April 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine bans buying cryptocurrencies with the local currency Hryvniafinbold21 April 2022 (LINK)

Google whacked with £105m Russian fine over Ukrainian far-right videoscityam21 April 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Unleashes New Sanctions Against Russian Oligarchs, Bank And Crypto Miner BitRiverbitcoinist21 April 2022 (LINK)

UK Crypto exchange Exmo sells part of its business in Russia and Belarusthecoinrise19 April 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine: Online posts 'transform' war crimes documentationbbc17 April 2022 (LINK)

FBI says North Korean hackers stole more than $600 million in cryptocurrency in single hackcnn15 April 2022 (LINK)

TikTok created an alternate universe just for Russiawashingtonpost13 April 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine says potent Russian hack against power grid thwartedap / staradvertiser12 April 2022 (LINK)

U.S. DC-Area Wine Bar Manager Started the Ukraine Biolabs Conspiracyvice12 April 2022 (LINK)

Ukrainians are scrubbing open-source maps to keep intel from Russia's armyrestofworld11 April 2022 (LINK)

Infamous Russian Troll Farm Appears to Be Source of Anti-Ukraine Propagandapropublica11 April 2022 (LINK)

As More Russians Support Massacre in Ukraine, Here's How Some Big Crypto Companies Respondcointelegraph6 April 2022 (LINK)

US sanctions Russia's largest darknet market and crypto exchange Garantexcointelegraph5 April 2022 (LINK)

Inside Ukraine's digital ministry and crypto efforts during wartime theblockcrypto1 April 2022 (LINK)

Apple Pay closes loophole that allowed Russian users to pay with Mir cards theverge26 March 2022 (LINK)

FCC puts Kaspersky on security threat list, says it poses "unacceptable risk": Moscow-based firm joins Huawei and ZTE on the same US security threat list arstechnica26 March 2022 (LINK)

Russian military reportedly hacked into European satellites at start of Ukraine war theverge25 March 2022 (LINK)

Spotify pulls out of Russia, citing new laws restricting free expression theverge25 March 2022 (LINK)

4 Russian government operatives indicted for allegedly hacking global energy facilities between 2012 and 2018 cnn24 March 2022 (LINK)

Russian hacking suspect indicted in Texas for running 'marketplace' of stolen logins, information nypost24 March 2022 (LINK)

Leaked ransomware documents show ransomware group Conti helping Putin from the shadows arstechnica19 March 2022 (LINK)

There's no evidence Putin is using cryptocurrencies to dodge sanctions — and Russia's too big for that anyway, crypto experts tell lawmakers businessinsider18 March 2022 (LINK)

President of Fake UN Affiliate Convicted of Fraud in Crypto Scam coindesk18 March 2022 (LINK)

Brazilian court orders Apple and Google to block Telegram over disinformation theverge18 March 2022 (LINK)

LG halts all shipments to Russia engadget18 March 2022 (LINK)

Sabotage: Code added to popular NPM package wiped files in Russia and Belarus arstechnica18 March 2022 (LINK)

Russian pipeline company Transneft hit by data leak dedicated to Hillary Clinton theverge17 March 2022 (LINK)

PayPal expands services to allow users to send money to Ukrainians not just out techcrunch17 March 2022 (LINK)

The U.S. right wing thought DuckDuckGo would not censor their posts. They were wrong vox16 March 2022 (LINK)

Internet Computer founder's $250M plan to help end the war in Ukraine cointelegraph17 March 2022 (LINK)

Williams' proposal is focused on using blockchain tech to counter propaganda and incentivize the Russian population via crypto rewards to get informed on what's taking place in Ukraine.

Swiss Bitcoin-Only Exchange Relai To Donate up to 50% Of Revenue To UNICEF bitcoinmagazine17 March 2022 (LINK)

President Zelenskyy Signs Ukraine's Law 'On Virtual Assets' legalizing crypto bitcoin17 March 2022 (LINK)

"The law will allow crypto platforms to operate in the country which has been using digital assets to finance its defense efforts and help its civilian population in the face of Russia's military assault."

The Russian Media Crackdown: it's getting harder for Russians to cut through the noise of state propaganda and censorship slate17 March 2022 (LINK)

Medusa is an independent Russian news website. "Born from the ashes of a media outlet that crumbled under Kremlin pressure in 2014, Medusa's founders decamped to Riga, Latvia, but they committed themselves to covering Moscow remotely.[...] Last year, [the Russian government] declared Medusa a foreign agent, [...] making it harder to sell Russian ads. The sites now wholly dependent on donations from outside of the country that it covers."

Facebook removes Zelenskyy 'deepfake' video that called on Ukrainian soldiers to surrender businessinsider17 March 2022 (LINK)

Patreon CEO said the company continued supporting creators in Russia despite US sanctions businessinsider17 March 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine's Government Launches Official Website for Cryptocurrency Donations: bitcoin16 March 2022 (LINK)

The donation platform, launched on 14 March, is a collaboration between the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Everstake, and cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

Giveaway signs of state-run troll farms at work (video) dw16 March 2022 (LINK)

The war in Ukraine is also being fought on TikTok digitaltrends16 March 2022 (LINK)

As per The Media Manipulation Casebook, videos with the hashtag #Ukraine have been watched over 26.8 billion times on TikTok as of March 9, while Instagram had only touched the 33 million mark.

"A 20-year old refugee named Marta Vastuya who is based in London amassed 36 million views of her videos, raising awareness about the difficulties faced by Ukrainians, The Times reports. Another 20-year old Ukrainian named Valeria Shashenok has seen her account getting millions of views as she shows her life in an underground bunker while the streets witness a bloody struggle and bombs flatten buildings outside, according to The Cut."

How Russian Disinformation Goes From the Kremlin to QAnon to Fox News thedailybeast16 March 2022 (LINK)

"False claims that Russia has been targeting sinister US-backed 'biolabs' in Ukraine were popularized among conspiratorial American audiences by QAnon believers shortly after Russia launched its invasion in late February. Mainstream Republican voices have since dragged the old Russian propaganda at its roots across the forefront of the U.S. political stage."

Russia blocked Instagram, so developers created a clone protocol16 March 2022 (LINK)

The Rossgram platform will open to the general public on 28 March. "It's unsurprising that Russian developers would create an Instagram clone rather than a platform similar to Facebook, which is also blocked in the country. Instagram is way more popular than Facebook in Russia, based on the number of downloads from the App Store and Google Play."

Japan Asks Crypto Exchanges to Comply With Sanctions Restrictions mdash; Penalty Includes 3 Years in Prison bitcoin12 March 2022 (LINK)

How Asian countries deal with crypto sanctions against Russia cointelegraph14 March 2022 (LINK)

Elon Musk challenges Putin to 'single combat' over Ukraine, Russia responds: 'Weakling' foxbusiness14 March 2022 (LINK)

Everything social media platforms know about the war but won't tell us platformer14 March 2022 (LINK)

Platforms "are making almost no effort to support civil society in making sense of what's happening. I'm talking specifically about TikTok and Telegram, and to a lesser extent YouTube as well."

This Website Helps People Send Accurate Information to Russians href=""13 March 2022 (LINK)

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