AP: Polish hospitals struggle with surge of virus patients

AP: Polish hospitals struggle with surge of virus patients. “Polish hospitals struggled over the Easter weekend with a massive number of people infected with COVID-19 following a huge surge in infections across Central and Eastern Europe in recent weeks. Tougher new pandemic restrictions were ordered in Poland for a two-week period surrounding Easter in order to slow down the infection rate. The country hit new records of over 35,000 daily infections on two recent days, and deaths have been in the hundreds each day.”

Covid: France and Poland increase lockdown measures as infections surge (BBC)

BBC: Covid: France and Poland increase lockdown measures as infections surge. “France and Poland have reintroduced partial lockdowns as both countries battle a sharp rise in Covid infections in recent weeks. Some 21 million people in 16 areas of France, including the capital Paris, are affected as the country fears a third wave. In Poland, non-essential shops, hotels, cultural and sporting facilities are closed for three weeks.”

Emerging Europe: Poland and Hungary are gunning for the social media giants

Emerging Europe: Poland and Hungary are gunning for the social media giants. “At a time when major social networks, primarily Facebook and Twitter, are facing increased scrutiny over issues such as the spreading of misinformation and the promotion of extremist ideologies that could undermine democracy, Poland is debating a new law that will stop social media platforms from deleting content or banning users who do not break Polish laws.”

National Law Review: Polish government to pass law that will allow it more control over the Internet content and legitimize blocking access to certain websites

National Law Review: Polish government to pass law that will allow it more control over the Internet content and legitimize blocking access to certain websites . “On February 1, 2021, a new draft act on freedom of speech on social media platforms appeared on the Polish Ministry of Justice website. Works on the draft act, originally announced by the ministry in December last year, gained momentum in mid-January amid Twitter and Facebook blocking Donald Trump’s accounts, which the Polish government viewed as censorship.”

Politico: Poland’s ‘anti-censorship’ social media platform gets off to rough start

Politico: Poland’s ‘anti-censorship’ social media platform gets off to rough start. “A Polish attempt to create a pro-government version of Facebook — but without any of the content moderation — got off to a troubled start [in late January] as critics pointed out numerous bugs that could leak data and expose users’ identity. The platform, known as Albicla — an acronym for the Polish phrase ‘Let all be clear’ — was created by a pro-government journalist in the wake of Donald Trump’s ouster from Twitter and promises a haven from “censorship” on mainstream social media platforms.”

Reporting Democracy: Fakebooks In Hungary And Poland

Reporting Democracy: Fakebooks In Hungary And Poland. “The creators behind Hundub in Hungary and Albicla in Poland both cite the dominance of the US social media companies and concern over their impact on free speech as reasons for their launch – a topic which has gained prominence since Facebook, Twitter and Instagram banned Donald Trump for his role in mobilising crowds that stormed the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6. It is notable that both of the new platforms hail from countries with nationalist-populist governments, whose supporters often rail against the power of the major social media platforms and their managers’ alleged anti-conservative bias.”

The First News (Poland): Delightful ‘little corset’ tiles showcase rescued fragments of Warsaw architecture

The First News (Poland): Delightful ‘little corset’ tiles showcase rescued fragments of Warsaw architecture. “An Archive of Warsaw Detail has been launched to showcase rescued fragments of the Polish capital’s architecture. The online museum brings together architectural bits and pieces collected during renovation works – both inside buildings and on their façades.”

AP: Poland’s President Duda tests positive for coronavirus

AP: Poland’s President Duda tests positive for coronavirus. “Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for the coronavirus, but is feeling well, his spokesman said Saturday. The spokesman, Blazej Spychalski, said on Twitter that the 48-year-old conservative leader was tested the day before and his result was positive. He said the president is in isolation.”

Hyperallergic: Writing the Untold Stories of Polish Women Artists

Hyperallergic: Writing the Untold Stories of Polish Women Artists. “Not Yet Written Stories is a collaboration between the Arton Foundation, the Croatian Office for Photography, SCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Ljubljana and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. The project aims to expand the Forgotten Heritage database and organize a series of exhibitions and workshops. A conference about female European artists is tentatively scheduled for spring 2021 and will culminate in a publication.”

The First News: Photographer lovingly restores photos of 1930s Warsaw and the results are stunning

The First News: Photographer lovingly restores photos of 1930s Warsaw and the results are stunning. “Remarkable colourised photos of pre-war Warsaw show the beautiful side of the city before its complete devastation. Photographer and IT specialist Mariusz Zając took old photos and videos he found online and using only his computer and several programs brought Warsaw of the 30s back to life.”

Culver City News: Polish Solidarity Collection Donated to Wende Museum

Culver City News: Polish Solidarity Collection Donated to Wende Museum. “The Wende Museum of the Cold War received a groundbreaking collection of materials from the Polish Solidarity movement, an anti-Soviet and anti-authority movement that is credited for playing a vital role in the collapse of the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The Polish Solidarity is a trade union that was formally started in September of 1980 in Poland and was made up of a group of workers that were striking against the scarce economy, rising food prices, and authoritarian state under a Polish government that was controlled by the Soviet sphere of influence.” Plans are to digitize the collection and make it available online.