Digital great game: The West’s standoff against China and Russia (Politico)

Politico: Digital great game: The West’s standoff against China and Russia. “The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) — a 150-year-old body that sets rules for how much of the global telecom and tech infrastructure works — will gather at end of September in Bucharest for a three-week conference. The more than 190 member countries will elect a new secretary-general and other top brass, as well as set the policy goals for the U.N. agency for the next four years. The two candidates for the top job, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, an American, and Rashid Ismailov, a Russian, have crisscrossed the globe to rally support from telecom policymakers and regulators.”

The chips are down: Putin scrambles for high-tech parts as his arsenal goes up in smoke (Politico)

Politico: The chips are down: Putin scrambles for high-tech parts as his arsenal goes up in smoke. “Kyiv is acutely aware that the outcome of the war is likely to hinge on whether Russia finds a way to regain access to high-tech chips, and is out to ensure it doesn’t get them. In order to flag the danger, Ukraine is sending out international warnings that the Kremlin has drawn up shopping lists of semiconductors, transformers, connectors, casings, transistors, insulators and other components, most made by companies in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., Taiwan and Japan, among others, which it needs to fuel its war effort.”

NHK World-Japan: Intl. conference to discuss how to help Ukraine recover from Russia’s invasion

NHK World-Japan: Intl. conference to discuss how to help Ukraine recover from Russia’s invasion. “The Ukraine Recovery Conference, the first gathering of its kind, will open at Lugano in southern Switzerland on Monday. It will be jointly organized by the governments of Ukraine and Switzerland. The Swiss government says the two-day conference will bring together government delegations from about 40 countries, including Japan, the United States, and European nations. EU-related delegates, World Bank officials, and other international organization representatives will also take part.”

South China Morning Post: China and US locked in new infowar after Chinese social media claims American manipulation over Xinjiang

South China Morning Post: China and US locked in new infowar after Chinese social media claims American manipulation over Xinjiang. “Beijing and Washington are locked in another round of narrative wars over an unsubstantiated claim that US diplomats had admitted human rights issues in Xinjiang were made up to undermine China. In a statement emailed on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the US embassy urged China to stop attributing false statements to American officials that could make them targets for harassment.”

Fueling Secession, Promising Bitcoins: How a Russian Operator Urged Catalonian Leaders to Break With Madrid (OCCRP)

OCCRP: Fueling Secession, Promising Bitcoins: How a Russian Operator Urged Catalonian Leaders to Break With Madrid. “On a trip to Barcelona in 2017, Nikolai Sadovnikov offered to give the Catalonians $500 billion to aid their attempts to make the region an independent state. In return, he asked them to turn Catalonia into a haven for cryptocurrencies.”

From comedian to wartime leader: How President Zelenskyy is helping Ukraine win the information war (ABC News)

ABC News: From comedian to wartime leader: How President Zelenskyy is helping Ukraine win the information war. “LONDON — Just after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was offered the chance by the U.S. government to leave the city of Kyiv for his own safety. What he is said to have responded has come to embody the defiance of the former comedic actor turned wartime leader: ‘The fight is here,’ he reportedly said, ‘I need ammunition, not a ride.’”

CNET: US Pledges to Keep an Open Internet With Dozens of Other Countries

CNET: US Pledges to Keep an Open Internet With Dozens of Other Countries. “The United States, along with 60 other countries and partners, have pledged to keep an open internet in the face of ‘rising digital authoritarianism’, the White House said in a statement Thursday. The Declaration for the Future of the Internet includes commitments to protecting human rights, making internet connections ‘inclusive and affordable,’ and promoting the free flow of information.”

The Times: Italy offers to rebuild Mariupol theatre and save Ukraine’s cultural heritage

The Times: Italy offers to rebuild Mariupol theatre and save Ukraine’s cultural heritage. “Italy has offered to rebuild Mariupol’s theatre, a symbol of the wanton destruction of war, and to provide the assistance of its ‘monuments men’ to protect Ukraine’s artistic heritage. The offer to rebuild the Donetsk Regional Drama Theatre, where as many as 300 people may have died, was made last month by Dario Franceschini, Italy’s culture minister.”

Bloomberg: Russian Propaganda Is on Social Media, But Not Where You’d Think

Bloomberg: Russian Propaganda Is on Social Media, But Not Where You’d Think. “Early in the Ukraine conflict, it seemed like Russia’s propaganda campaigns abroad were going to be severely curtailed. The European Union banned Russian outlets RT and Sputnik. And efforts to paint Ukraine’s government as a neo-Nazi regime were quickly dismissed by the international community, with only a few, very fringe voices saying otherwise. Now, almost eight weeks into the war, Russia has discovered that one of the more effective tools for spreading propaganda is already on the payroll: diplomats—and the social media accounts they control.”

ERR: US Embassy launches 100-day program marking century of US-Estonia relations

ERR: US Embassy launches 100-day program marking century of US-Estonia relations. “The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn on Tuesday launched its ‘100 Days to 100 Years’ campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Estonia. The embassy has also launched a new website featuring 100 moments from the past century, including contributions of the Estonian-American diaspora.”

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.”

The Conversation: Canada’s Russian embassy weaponizes social media to fuel support for the Ukraine invasion

The Conversation: Canada’s Russian embassy weaponizes social media to fuel support for the Ukraine invasion. “In order to curb the spread of disinformation by official Russian news sources, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently made a symbolic move by banning Russia’s state-run RT news channel in Canada. Yet this is an ineffective measure given the way social media channels controlled by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa are spreading disinformation, and how fact-checking is being weaponized by the Russian government to twist reality and confuse people about the war in Ukraine.”

Politico: Russia turns its diplomats into disinformation warriors

Politico: Russia turns its diplomats into disinformation warriors. “After the European Union banned Kremlin-backed media outlets and social media giants demoted their posts for peddling falsehoods about the war in Ukraine, Moscow has turned to its cadre of diplomats, government spokespeople and ministers — many of whom have extensive followings on social media — to promote disinformation about the conflict in Eastern Europe, according to four EU and United States officials.”

Fielding Graduate University: How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War

Fielding Graduate University: How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War. “Memes play a central role as the world watches Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in real-time. Not only is the amount of information available is unprecedented, but social media’s aesthetics are shaping how we see conflict. Viral mockery of Putin has replaced funny cat memes. The juxtaposition of Putin at a ridiculously long table is funny as a visual and political joke. But it creates an image of Putin as out of touch, isolated and paranoid. This kind of short-form content defines the narrative of this war, particularly for younger generations.”