1. How to Use Social Media During the Russian Invasion of Ukraine (Logically)

During a conflict, it can be even harder to navigate social media with responsibility, and even harder to recognize propaganda and disinformation. This guide offers an overview of how to use social media responsibly during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

2. Cyber road from Ukraine: where will it take us? (DIPLO)

This (in)famous warning has been discussed and re-discussed since 2012. Could a devastating cyberattack against critical infrastructure – like an energy grid or a water facility – be a prelude to all out war? The past decade has taught us that, in spite of numerous severe cyberattacks around the world (including notPetya, SolarWinds, WannaCry, BlackEnergy, etc.), countries haven’t called for arms in response.

3. The rise of hybrid diplomacy: from digital adaptation to digital adoption (Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor)

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced diplomats to embrace virtual platforms and to learn to combine virtual and physical meetings in their work. In this article, we investigate how this process has taken place and with implications for the conduct of diplomacy. Specifically, we ask how diplomats have adapted to the transition to the virtual medium, what lessons have they learned from this, and how these lessons may inform the conduct of diplomacy in the post-pandemic period?

4. Six #stratcomm tactics used by Ukraine to fight the Russian aggression (Corneliu Bjola Twitter Thread)

5. Scale AI providing free datasets to help national security partners gain current insights into Russia-Ukraine conflict (Scale)

At Scale, we believe in using AI technology in support of democratic values. That’s why starting today, Scale will be providing a series of AI-Ready datasets that algorithm developers can use to rapidly train and deploy AI in support of Ukrainian operations. By providing these datasets at no cost to national security practitioners, we hope to support a diplomatic solution and swift end to this conflict.

6. The UN is testing technology that processes data confidentially (The Economist)

Data are valuable. But not all of them are as valuable as they could be. Reasons of confidentiality mean that many medical, financial, educational and other personal records, from the analysis of which much public good could be derived, are in practice unavailable. If companies could be certain it would remain secret, they might be more willing to make it available to officialdom.

7. Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New (NY Times)

The company is undertaking a far-reaching effort to change how it works. For some, it is an echo of their early idealism and a vision for what the internet could have been.

8. China, Russia prepare new push for state-controlled internet (EURACTIV)

Officials and stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic expect China to put forward a renewed proposal for a centralised version of internet governance this week, which will probably take the discussion into political rather than technological territory.

9. The cyber spillovers of the Ukrainian war (EURACTIV)

Cyberattacks are hardly limited to one country in an interconnected world. We discuss the impact of Russian cyberattacks against Ukraine on European companies with dr Vera Demary, head of digitalization at the German economic institute, and Iva Tasheva, cybersecurity consultant at CyEn.

10. The TikTok generation is not the first to use social media to capture war. But here’s what’s different (CNN)

Recording and delivery of the images and words via social media are not nearly as new, game-changing, or revolutionary as some are claiming since the Russian invasion began.

11. TikTok Was Designed for War (The Wired)

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine plays out online, the platform’s design and algorithm prove ideal for the messiness of war—but a nightmare for the truth.

12. Watching the World’s “First TikTok War” (The New Yorker)

Social media’s aesthetic norms are shaping how Ukrainians document the Russian invasion. Is it a new form of citizen war journalism or just an invitation to keep clicking?

13. The Meme-ification of the Ukraine Invasion (Vice)

Why are people recasting ordinary Ukrainians as Marvel heroes? It’s got more to do with internet fandom than you think.

14. A guide to deciphering pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin’s war (EUvsDisinfo)

For years, the Kremlin and its media and trolls have used cheap tricks of the rhetoric of disinformation. It has gone into overdrive during Putin’s war. We have listed these acts here by using the SWAMPED model.

15. The Cultural Voice of Ukraine (USC Center on Public Diplomacy)

Now, while thanking my contacts for their expressions of sympathy and concern, I wonder, what are they learning about Ukraine from the international media? How is the story about my country’s past, present and future being told?