Lawfare Blog: How to Fight Foreign Hackers With Civil Litigation

Lawfare Blog: How to Fight Foreign Hackers With Civil Litigation. “Since 2010, Microsoft alone has won court orders to seize command and control (C2) servers and sinkhole malicious traffic in 24 cases, seizing a total of more than 16,000 malicious domains. Mechanically, these cases work a lot like the Justice Department’s botnet takedowns: Both entities compile evidence that particular domains are being used to control botnets and use that evidence to obtain court orders requiring U.S.-based domain registries to redirect those domains to servers controlled by the entity that sought the order, among other possible court-authorized remedies.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches new Mortality Database visualization portal

World Health Organization: WHO launches new Mortality Database visualization portal. “Since its founding in 1948, WHO has required all Member States to report mortality data and collected this information in the WHO Mortality Database. Today, this unique database is the oldest and largest of its kind, containing data from over 120 countries and areas by cause, year, sex, and age. The portal is a significant step towards ensuring mortality data is used to drive impact in countries. Among other features, users can now filter and compare information by disease category or age group. They can also use interactive visualizations to view the data by number of deaths, death rates per 100 000, or as a percentage of total deaths.”

StopFake: Russia-Ukraine War through the Prism of Mass Communications

StopFake: Russia-Ukraine War through the Prism of Mass Communications. “Ukraine’s struggle for independence from Russia has become truly global from the perspective of mass communications. This war is universally covered in the world media. It is extremely visible. It is a war that demands the expression of public judgment, thus becoming a point of political identification. The current confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian media discourses is not an ordinary clash of warring parties propaganda rhetoric. In this war, Western civilization is searching for an answer to a question of utmost importance: can it withstand within its own value framework – or is it no longer able to do so.”

Yale School of Management: Almost 1,000 Companies Have Curtailed Operations in Russia—But Some Remain

Yale School of Management: Almost 1,000 Companies Have Curtailed Operations in Russia—But Some Remain. “Since the invasion of Ukraine began, we have been tracking the responses of well over 1,200 companies, and counting. Almost 1,000 companies have publicly announced they are voluntarily curtailing operations in Russia to some degree beyond the bare minimum legally required by international sanctions — but some companies have continued to operate in Russia undeterred.”

World Economic Forum: Which countries spend the most time on social media?

World Economic Forum: Which countries spend the most time on social media?. “On average, global internet users spend 2 hours and 27 minutes on social media per day, though trends differ widely by country. In many of the markets that Global Web Index surveyed, social media use had shrunk or plateaued in Q1 2020 when compared with 2019 and 2018 figures, but the coronavirus pandemic reversed this trend in many countries.”

Globe and Mail: Nearly 15 million died in first two years of COVID-19 pandemic, new WHO study finds

Globe and Mail: Nearly 15 million died in first two years of COVID-19 pandemic, new WHO study finds. “The first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has killed nearly 15 million people around the world, a new detailed estimate from the World Health Organization has found. The latest estimate, focusing on direct and indirect mortality caused by the pandemic, is nearly triple the official count of 5.4 million deaths in the same period. Global deaths since January were not included in the study.”

Homeland Security Today: An Overview of Russia’s Cyberattack Activity in Ukraine

Homeland Security Today: An Overview of Russia’s Cyberattack Activity in Ukraine . “The purpose of this report is to provide insights into the scope, scale, and methods of Russia’s use of cyber capabilities as part of the largescale ‘hybrid’ war in Ukraine, to acknowledge the work of organizations in Ukraine defending against persistent adversaries, and to provide strategic recommendations to organizations worldwide.”

Social media regulation: why we must ensure it is democratic and inclusive (The Conversation)

The Conversation: Social media regulation: why we must ensure it is democratic and inclusive. “With concerns mounting about state influence on media and information, we urgently need to understand what democratic social media regulation should look like. As philosophers in this field, our work looks at the theoretical foundations that underpin democracy. The key insight at the heart of our ongoing research is that political freedom depends on public debate. We have spoken to policymakers, broadcasters, journalists, activists and regulators about how best to apply these insights and political theory to the public sphere.”

Princeton University: New scholarly database documents the rise in publicly identifying LGBTQI+ elected officials across the globe

Princeton University: New scholarly database documents the rise in publicly identifying LGBTQI+ elected officials across the globe. “Ranging from the few ‘out’ officials in the time of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk until now, the database in the new Queer Politics website shows the steady growth of people in office who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, gender-non-conforming, queer and intersex. ”

Spotted via Reddit: The Ukraine Support Tracker

Spotted via Reddit: the Ukraine Support Tracker. From the front page: “The Ukraine Support Tracker (Beta) lists and quantifies military, financial and humanitarian aid transferred by governments to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022. We focus on support by 31 Western governments, specifically by the G7 and European Union member countries. The database is intended to support a facts-based discussion about support to Ukraine. Because we focus on government to government transfers into Ukraine, we do not include private donations or transfers by international organizations in this version of the database.”

New York Times: The Drive to Vaccinate the World Against Covid Is Losing Steam

New York Times: The Drive to Vaccinate the World Against Covid Is Losing Steam. “In the middle of last year, the World Health Organization began promoting an ambitious goal, one it said was essential for ending the pandemic: fully vaccinate 70 percent of the population in every country against Covid-19 by June 2022. Now, it is clear that the world will fall far short of that target by the deadline. And there is a growing sense of resignation among public health experts that high Covid vaccination coverage may never be achieved in most lower-income countries, as badly needed funding from the United States dries up and both governments and donors turn to other priorities.”

The Guardian: New Covid cases globally down by nearly a quarter last week

The Guardian: New Covid cases globally down by nearly a quarter last week. “The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the number of reported new Covid-19 cases worldwide decreased by nearly a quarter last week, continuing a decline seen since the end of March. The agency said nearly 5.59m cases were reported between 11 and 17 April, 24% fewer than in the previous week. The number of newly reported deaths dropped 21% to 18,215.”

US Department of State: State Department Launches New Partnership with Google Arts & Culture to Preserve Cultural Heritage

US Department of State: State Department Launches New Partnership with Google Arts & Culture to Preserve Cultural Heritage. “Have you ever wanted to explore a cultural heritage site in another country, but didn’t know where to start? Now, there’s a platform for that! On World Heritage Day, we invite you to join the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center for a virtual exploration of our heritage preservation projects at sites around the world…. Launching for the first time on Google Arts & Culture, the Cultural Heritage Center is sharing examples from over 1,100 Ambassadors Fund projects in 130+ countries.”

The Conversation: Libraries around the world are helping safeguard Ukrainian books and culture

The Conversation: Libraries around the world are helping safeguard Ukrainian books and culture. “Librarians and libraries across the world play a role in preserving and sharing Ukraine’s cultural history. They acquire western observations about Ukraine or material printed on its territories. And people can learn a lot from these resources.”