The Download: Russia Spreads Misinformation About Chemical Weapons in Ukraine


Tensions between Russia and NATO escalated over the weekend after Russia spear a barrage of attacks on a military base in Ukraine located just 18 kilometers from the Polish border, murder at least 35 people. Poland is a member of NATO, raising fears that the conflict could spread beyond Ukraine.

The war on the ground is inevitably mirrored and accompanied by an uphill battle over the information people see online. The White House informed TikTok highlights the war last week, in a nod to the important role the platform has played throughout the war so far.

Information passed to Russians is increasingly tightly controlled and filtered as part of a broad crackdown on dissent inside the country. A to block on Instagram goes into effect today, and Facebook and Twitter have been to cut in Russia too.

In the West, many technological platforms are to give up on the illusion of neutrality. Facebook has survey its ban on calls for violence in the case of Russian soldiers, and even DuckDuckGo, which previously presented itself as apolitical and neutral, has announcement it will start downgrading sites associated with Russian disinformation (a move that has caused a rapid backlash far right.)

The unavoidable

I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scariest/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Parts of China have returned to lockdown
A surge in cases in Shenzhen is likely linked to the crisis in neighboring Hong Kong. (Bloomberg $)
+ Foxconn had to close its factories. (FT $)
+ South Korea reported more than 380,000 new cases in a single day. (NYT $)
+ Covid is not over yet. In fact, some countries haven’t even been through the worst yet.. (NY Magazine)
+ It has been two years since covid-19 became a pandemic. (TR)
+ A better response to the pandemic would have saved millions of lives. (NYT $)
+ Vaccinating children has never been easy for any disease. (Atlantic $)

2 tech companies race to hire Ukrainians
The country has a well-respected technology sector with a large pool of talented people. (CNBC)
+ Meanwhile, tech workers are fleeing Russia, along with much of its middle class. (Rest of the world)

3 Can you inherit cryptocurrency?
In theory, yes. In practice this is often impossible. (Voice)
+ How people make (and lose!) money with crypto. (Wired $)
+ It’s been a year since Beeple’s $69 million NFT sale. (NBC)
+ Some NFT Myths, Shattered. (Wired $)

4 Facebook office workers are going to have to start doing their own laundry
My heart is bleeding, really. (NYT $)
+ Facebook has a major child safety issue. (Wired $)

5 Things Google Search Doesn’t Show You 🔍
It’s getting worse and worse, but it’s so deeply ingrained now that we find it hard to imagine using anything else. (New Yorker $)

6 Your Uber rides will get even more expensive
It introduces a fuel surcharge to compensate for rising gasoline prices. (WP $)
+ To resist Putin’s price hike, Americans might try driving a little slower. (Atlantic $)

7 Where does the captured CO2 go?
Shipping lines are rushing to join the nascent carbon capture boom. (IEEE Spectrum)
+ The plant that captures carbon from the air. (TR)

8 Your bosses start spying on you before you even start 👀
Delete those embarrassing social media posts. (The Economist $)

9 The Psychology That Explains Why Conspiracy Theories Take Off
They can be a collective response to threats. (Wired $)
+ Generation Z is not immune to misinformation. TikTokers are trying to clear them up. (NBC)
+ How to talk to conspiracy theorists – and still be nice. (TR)

10 How Chico the cow went from social media star to therapist 🐮
And helped heal a regrettable game designer in the process. (Atlantic $)

“It’s an epidemic in the making.”

—Felicia Grondin, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, says Recode that Americans should worry more about the explosive growth of gaming apps.

We can still have beautiful things

A place of comfort, pleasure and distraction in these strange times. (You have any ideas ? Write to me Where tweet them to me.)

  • an incredible Photo of the International Space Station crossing the moon.
  • How? ‘Or’ What BBC 6 Music has become the UK’s coolest radio station.
  • Read it story of the one-legged Paralympic snowboarder who built an ingenious prosthesis for himself and his opponents.
  • Another Batman-related ranked list! This one is from bad guys.
  • If you haven’t read Vanity Fair’s madmen maintenance with Grimes (in which she reveals she has a secret second baby with Elon Musk), now is your chance.
  • TEAR Marie-Combesthe first woman to program a commercial computer.
  • If you also like red carpet shots, take a look those taken at the BAFTAs last night.


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