The Download: The online volunteers hunting for war crimes in Ukraine

Since the war began, people around the world have been trying to help refugees and the Ukrainian cause. For those with investigative skills, such as Aden, this means using their time and effort to document possible war crimes by Ukrainians and to analyze material posted on the web to confirm their exact location.

The skills gained from the January 6 uprising in the U.S. and subsequent attempts to find the rioters online have been translated into online sleuths using the same skills in the Ukraine war. But it is not clear whether that effort will actually result in admissible evidence for the prosecution of potential war crimes, especially without a universal system for classifying the flood of evidence to come. Read the full story.

-Tanya Basu

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1 Pfizer is seeking emergency FDA authorization for the fourth Covid shots
For now, just over 65 people. (Political)
+ Wastewater surveillance indicates that covid cases are on the rise again in many parts of the U.S. (Bloomberg 2)
+ The supply of vaccines is finally reaching Africa, but it is a logistical nightmare to know who gets what. ,NYT $)
+ New Zealand is set to reopen next month for fully vaccinated tourists. (The Guardian)
+ The Johnson & Johnson vaccine seems to be more effective than previously thought. (NYT)

2 Inside Ukraine’s 300,000-strong volunteer hacker army
That sounds impressive, but it’s hard to measure the group’s true impact. (The Guardian)
+ It has brought down the leading Russian websites. (New Scientist)
+ But the propaganda war has eclipsed the cyber war in Ukraine. (TR)
+ Digital repression has been on the rise in Russia for years(Scientific American $)

3 This should be the right time for electric vehicles
But the industry just isn’t ready to take advantage. (Wired)

4 OpenAI’s new coding program is fun, fast and full of flaws
This can help us automate boring life tasks. But it can also end up flooding the Internet with bugs. (Wired $)
+ FTC has a new implementation method: algorithmic destruction. (Protocol)

5 Swiss cartographers manually scrub the glaciers of the Alps
This should be a worrying job. (NYT)

6 How Amazon Traps You in Prime
Shenanigans has been underhand at work ever since you signed up. (Internal)

7 El Salvador’s bitcoin gambling is breaking down
This is a slow-moving car crash from the start. (Rest of the world)
+ The crypto scene looks very complicated. (The Guardian)

Interest in 8 metavers and NFTs is descending from the cliff
That level of hype will never last. (Forbes)
+ Mark Zuckerberg is still moving forward with plans to bring NFT to Instagram. (Engage)

9 Daylight Saving Time may be permanent in the US
The proposal received a rare unanimous vote from senators yesterday. (Ars Technica)

10 An American astronaut has broken the record for the longest stay in space
Mark Vande has been on the International Space Station since April 2021. (CNET)

“Like China or North Korea, controlling the flow of population information from day one is one thing. Giving them access to Western culture and Internet freedom and then taking it away is another matter. “

Graham Shellenberger, global team director at Miburo Solutions, which tracks online extremism, tells the Financial Times why we shouldn’t underestimate the anger over the sudden loss of access to platforms like Instagram in Russia.

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+ We have another shipwreck! It’s a pale imitation of his predecessor, but I can’t pretend I’m not thrilled at all. Especially since the ship is called “Ever Forward”.
+ A beautiful wooden bridge in China.
+ Technology, such a miracle. till then Stops working,
+ This Flower Looks like he’s from another world.
+ I really want to know where this is Bird based warfare Moving forward in Japan.
+ The Crafts Version Swan Lake is the most unhinged thing I’ve ever clapped for.
+ If you are celebrating Easter, this is the place to get food inspiration.

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