Fighting Russia with a laptop: Meet the women on the front lines of Ukraine’s information war (Grid News)

Grid News: Fighting Russia with a laptop: Meet the women on the front lines of Ukraine’s information war. “When it comes to the information war over Ukraine, Russia has President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin’s well-resourced propaganda machine, and a hammerlock on Russian television and radio. It also has laws Putin put in place in the early days of war, which made any counternarratives a crime. For its part, Ukraine has a charismatic president and a ministry for digital information. And it has a few dozen women who run an organization called Dattalion.”

Brookings Institution: U.S. podcasters spread Kremlin narratives on Nord Stream sabotage

Brookings Institution: U.S. podcasters spread Kremlin narratives on Nord Stream sabotage. “Using a new Brookings dashboard and database, we are able to more systematically study how popular political podcasts shape the information environment. By spreading the idea that the United States was in fact responsible for the explosions, several leading U.S. podcasters have advanced the Kremlin’s preferred narrative while staying under the radar of researchers—until now.”

Why Russia Is Nicknamed the “Weak Goose” on Chinese Social Media (What’s on Weibo)

What’s on Weibo: Why Russia Is Nicknamed the “Weak Goose” on Chinese Social Media. “While the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine war are closely watched by millions of Chinese social media users, the ‘Weak Goose’ meme is becoming more popular among military bloggers and Weibo users, signaling a shift in online sentiments regarding Russia’s position and its military competence.”

Kyiv Post: Russian Citizens Wage Cyberwar From Within

Kyiv Post: Russian Citizens Wage Cyberwar From Within. “Earlier today, Oct. 2, Kyiv Post was contacted by hackers who identified themselves as part of the National Republican Army (NRA). As Kyiv Post has reported before, the NRA is an organization of Russian citizens seeking the overthrow of the Putin Government. The NRA hackers explained to Kyiv Post that they had executed an advanced ransomware attack on the network of Unisoftware, a Russian software development company known for the development and implementation of web applications, desktop systems, cloud, and API solutions.”

BBC: Roblox removes ‘meat grinder’ Ukraine v Russia game

BBC: Roblox removes ‘meat grinder’ Ukraine v Russia game. “The world’s biggest gaming platform for children, Roblox, has removed two games that allowed players to fight and kill each other as Russians or Ukrainians. One of them, called War on Larkiv: Ukraine, was showcased to users in the Roblox discovery section. It clocked up 90,000 plays in less than two weeks.”

Natural History Museum: How scientists are saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage during the Russian invasion

Natural History Museum (UK): How scientists are saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage during the Russian invasion. “Standing at the heart of Kyiv for over a thousand years, the Saint Sophia Cathedral is one of Ukraine’s most important cultural sites. Sadly, the medieval murals that line its walls are being degraded by microorganisms. In the midst of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, scientists have been working out how to protect these historic artworks from further damage.”

Kyiv Independent: Apple removes Russian VK, Mail.ru apps from App Store

Kyiv Independent: Apple removes Russian VK, Mail.ru apps from App Store. “As of Sept. 28, Russia’s popular homegrown social network VK (formerly VKontakte) and email service Mail.ru are no longer available for download on the App Store in any country. In a statement, Apple cited conflicts with British sanctions as the reason for the removal. Apps that are already downloaded can continue to be used, according to Apple.”

Wall Street Journal: Battlefield Hotlines Let U.S. Military Keep Ukraine’s Weapons Firing

Wall Street Journal: Battlefield Hotlines Let U.S. Military Keep Ukraine’s Weapons Firing. “Near where weapons and equipment donated by the U.S. and other allies cross the border into Ukraine, a group of 55 U.S. troops and translators on iPads fielded repair queries about weapons that are already on the battlefield, via secure chat apps. There are 14 chats for each major weapon system, forming a makeshift wartime telemaintenance network for fighters who are using weapons well beyond the limits for which they were designed.”

Identifying Suspicious Businesses, Reddit Analysis and Tracking Russian Propaganda: Here are the Results of Bellingcat’s First Ever Hackathon (Bellingcat)

Bellingcat: Identifying Suspicious Businesses, Reddit Analysis and Tracking Russian Propaganda: Here are the Results of Bellingcat’s First Ever Hackathon. “Bellingcat hosted its first ever hackathon earlier this month with the event focussing on developing network analysis tools. We were impressed with the quality of the projects and had a great time getting to know the developers, many of whom work at the intersection between open-source research and open-source software.”

Vanity Fair: Darth Vader’s Voice Emanated From War-Torn Ukraine

Vanity Fair: Darth Vader’s Voice Emanated From War-Torn Ukraine. “Bogdan Belyaev was working from home when the air raid sirens went off. They hadn’t been heard in the city of Lviv since World War II, but it was February 24, and Russia had just invaded Ukraine…. But for Belyaev, work carried on because he needed it to. People on the other side of the world were relying on him, and the project was the culmination of a passion he’d had since childhood: Star Wars.”

The Conversation: US and Russia engage in a digital battle for hearts and minds

The Conversation: US and Russia engage in a digital battle for hearts and minds. “Key government-sponsored media outlets in the current battle are Russia Today, often known as RT, and two U.S. government-backed operations, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. But it can be hard for many people to tell the difference between these outlets and independent news. As a propaganda scholar, I believe citizens of all nations deserve to know how their media have been filtered and when governments are seeking to influence their views.”

Tulane News: Bombed labs, war won’t stop collaboration between Tulane and Ukrainian scientists

Tulane News: Bombed labs, war won’t stop collaboration between Tulane and Ukrainian scientists . “Tulane recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute (KhPI) in Kharkiv to collaborate with faculty from Tulane School of Science and Engineering in the fields of science, engineering and technology. Administered by the Tulane Provost’s Office, the collaboration will span several technical fields and include research projects, curriculum development and teaching.”