Rafu Shimpo: First National Names Monument Honoring JAs Incarcerated During WWII to Launch in Fall

Rafu Shimpo: First National Names Monument Honoring JAs Incarcerated During WWII to Launch in Fall. “With the support of a $3.4 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture is creating Irei: National Monument for the WWII Japanese American Incarceration, a multi-faceted project to address the erasure of the identities of individuals of Japanese ancestry who experienced wartime incarceration.”

Engadget: Meta’s first human rights report defends the company’s misinformation strategy

Engadget: Meta’s first human rights report defends the company’s misinformation strategy. “Meta has released its first yearly human rights report, and you might not be shocked by the angle the company is taking. As CNBC notes, the 83-page document outlines the Facebook parent’s handling of human rights issues during 2020 and 2021, with a strong focus on justifying the company’s strategies for combatting misinformation and harassment.”

LGBTQ+ Rights: New Database Added to the Social Justice Suite (HeinOnline)

HeinOnline: LGBTQ+ Rights: New Database Added to the Social Justice Suite. “In honor of International Pride Day, we’re proud to present the LGBTQ+ Rights database, the newest addition to the perpetually free Social Justice Suite. This collection consists of materials relating to the gay rights movement in America from 1950 until present day, including an interactive timeline, as well as subject-coded court cases, scholarly articles, books, pamphlets, reports, and more.” I believe the “perpetually-free” refers to institutions and organizations, not individuals.

Eurasianet: Armenia moves to restrict internet

Eurasianet: Armenia moves to restrict internet. “Armenia’s General Prosecutor has proposed a law allowing the state to block certain internet content, citing Russia as a positive example of how such a practice might work. In a July 4 letter addressed to the government, General Prosecutor Artur Davtyan suggested that the country should adopt legal regulations allowing the government to block material on the internet it deems harmful.”

UC San Diego: A quarter of world’s Internet users rely on infrastructure at high risk of attack

UC San Diego: A quarter of world’s Internet users rely on infrastructure at high risk of attack. “About a quarter of the world’s Internet users live in countries that are more susceptible than previously thought to targeted attacks on their Internet infrastructure. Many of the at-risk countries are located in the Global South. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping, large-scale study conducted by computer scientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers surveyed 75 countries.”

The Irish News: Ukrainian refugees in the UK have made calls to a slavery and exploitation helpline

The Irish News: Ukrainian refugees in the UK have made calls to a slavery and exploitation helpline. “Unseen said millions of Ukrainians need support to keep them safe from trafficking. The charity, along with a coalition of anti-slavery and human rights groups, has launched a new website… The website aims to provide a one-stop shop of useful websites, helplines, and information including where to get basic travel and housing advice to opening a bank account and understanding your rights as a worker in the UK.”

Fiji Village: Database launched to view boarding passes of Girmitiyas

Fiji Village: Database launched to view boarding passes of Girmitiyas. “Descendants of Girmitiyas can now go online to look at the boarding passes of their ancestors who came to Fiji… Developer, Akhilesh Shiuram says they wanted to create a database that has records of passes of more than 60,000 Girmityas that came to Fiji in the 37 years of the indentured labour system.” Girmityas were indentured laborers who came to Fiji (and other places) from British India. You can learn more about them at https://harvardlawreview.org/2021/03/the-agreement-and-the-girmitiya/ . (There’s a Web site devoted to Girmityas and their history but it is inaccessible at this writing.)

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.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Civil Liberties Groups Urge Social Media Platforms to Better Protect Free Flow of Information in Crisis Zones

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Civil Liberties Groups Urge Social Media Platforms to Better Protect Free Flow of Information in Crisis Zones. “Whether in Ukraine or in other crisis zones around the globe, social media platforms have a duty to ensure that people have access to the free flow of life-saving information, according to a statement issued today by 31 international human rights and civil liberties organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).”

Deutsche Welle: Increased social media use puts African leaders on edge

Deutsche Welle: Increased social media use puts African leaders on edge. “In the latest example of an African nation threatening a social media shutdown, South Sudan said last week it may be forced to close down Facebook and Twitter as users were abusing social media by creating panic. Estimated at around 4% in January 2022, the number of social media users in South Sudan is low. But those who do have social media access, mainly urban youth, are turning to social media to criticize the government of President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar.”

NewsIn Asia: Sri Lanka imposes nationwide social media blackout

NewsIn Asia: Sri Lanka imposes nationwide social media blackout. “The incident comes as the government declares a state of emergency, imposing curfews to counter widespread protests over the economic crisis.Real-time network data show that the restrictions are coming into effect across multiple providers around midnight, corroborating user reports of unavailability on leading network providers.”

Korea Future: Launching the North Korean Prison Database

Korea Future: Launching the North Korean Prison Database. “Today we launch the North Korean Prison Database — a growing and comprehensive archive of international human rights law violations and atrocities that have transpired in the North Korean Penal system. The database preserves and manages evidence gathered through detailed investigations by Korea Future. To date, we have identified 597 perpetrators linked to 5,181 human rights violations committed against 784 detainees in 148 penal facilities.”

ScienceNews: Social media crackdowns during the war in Ukraine make the internet less global

ScienceNews: Social media crackdowns during the war in Ukraine make the internet less global. “The Ukraine war is shining a spotlight on social media’s role as a political tool, says [Joan] Donovan, whose Technology and Social Change Project team has been following the spread of disinformation in the conflict. ‘This is a huge moment in internet history where we’re starting to see the power of these tech companies play out against the power of the state.’ And that, she says, ‘is actually going to change the internet forever.’”

Military Times: Posting POW footage on social media may constitute human rights violation

Military Times: Posting POW footage on social media may constitute human rights violation. “The types of being shared media seem to confirm what much of the world believes about the conflict as the international community largely condemns Russia and rallies around Ukraine. But there is no way to independently verify that the Russian troops filmed are not under duress or saying what they feel they need to in order to survive. Showing videos of POWs, regardless of the content or under what conditions it is obtained, is a violation of international law, experts say.”