Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code. “A developer can, on a whim, change their mind and do whatever they want with their open source code that, most of the time anyway, comes “as is” without any warranty. Or, as seen by a growing trend this year, developers deliberately sabotaging their own software libraries as a means of protest — turning software into ‘protestware.’”

Tulane News: Tulane database brings historic activism to the forefront

New-to-Me, from Tulane News: Tulane database brings historic activism to the forefront. “The African Letters Project is a free database that consists of over 5,600 letters written between 1945 to 1994, during the decolonization era in many African countries. [Professor Elisabeth] McMahon’s initial idea for the database was to highlight more African American activists who supported independence movements throughout Africa during that period of history.”

WIRED: Instagram Slow to Tackle Bots Targeting Iranian Women’s Groups

WIRED: Instagram Slow to Tackle Bots Targeting Iranian Women’s Groups. “IRANIAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS groups have for months faced a deluge of bots following their Instagram accounts and disrupting their digital outreach operations. Activists say that while they have repeatedly asked Meta, Instagram’s parent company, to stymie the flood of junk followers, more keep coming, totaling in the millions across dozens of organizations operating in Iran and elsewhere around the world.”

WIRED: Police Linked to Hacking Campaign to Frame Indian Activists

WIRED: Police Linked to Hacking Campaign to Frame Indian Activists. “POLICE FORCES AROUND the world have increasingly used hacking tools to identify and track protesters, expose political dissidents’ secrets, and turn activists’ computers and phones into inescapable eavesdropping bugs. Now, new clues in a case in India connect law enforcement to a hacking campaign that used those tools to go an appalling step further: planting false incriminating files on targets’ computers that the same police then used as grounds to arrest and jail them.”

The Shift (Malta): Documenting the ‘sudden awakening from a deep sleep’ – Book on 2019 protests launched

The Shift (Malta): Documenting the ‘sudden awakening from a deep sleep’ – Book on 2019 protests launched. “Local human rights NGO aditus foundation on Friday launched a photobook and online archive that brings together photographs taken by citizens, participants and onlookers of the political protests that took place in Malta between November 2019 and January 2020, in the hope of preserving the memory of the protest.”

Cincinnati Public Library: 50 Years of Protest Posters, Photos, and Flyers Scanned for the Library’s Digital Collection

Cincinnati Public Library: 50 Years of Protest Posters, Photos, and Flyers Scanned for the Library’s Digital Collection. “The images, part of the upcoming Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) exhibit, Artist Run Spaces, include protest posters, photos, slides, and flyers from fifty years of organizing work by the community organization Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement. The images are now available for high resolution viewing on the Library’s Digital Library, opens a new window.”

Global Voices: How Russians are protesting the war in Ukraine from a totalitarian state

Global Voices: How Russians are protesting the war in Ukraine from a totalitarian state. “The rare independent sources, for instance, student journal DOXA and the Telegram channel of journalist Roman Super, publish collections of protest photos every day showing readers that within Russian society there is more than the ‘unified’ around the lies of propaganda. Global Voices, with the permission of the authors, is publishing a selection of photos of everyday forms of protesting from around the country.”

Breaking News IE: Artist attempting to display portrait of Putin filled with Ukrainian blood in Moscow

Breaking News IE: Artist attempting to display portrait of Putin filled with Ukrainian blood in Moscow. “Russian artist Andrei Molodkin has created a portrait of Russian president Vladimir Putin filled with Ukrainian blood in a protest against the invasion of Ukraine, he spoke to BreakingNews.ie about his hope to have it displayed in Moscow. While some may find this gruesome, Mr Molodkin, a former soldier in the Soviet Army, believes art and culture play a key role in taking a stand against regimes that promote war and violence.”

NPR: Meet the activists who projected a giant Ukrainian flag on Russia’s Embassy in D.C.

NPR: Meet the activists who projected a giant Ukrainian flag on Russia’s Embassy in D.C.. “Anti-war activists engaged in a light beam battle against Russian diplomats in Washington, D.C., Wednesday evening in a display of disapproval over the country’s ongoing war in Ukraine. The activists spent hours projecting the Ukrainian flag on the Russian Embassy’s exterior walls with ultra-bright light.”