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Funeral workers burry a coffin with an unidentified civilian body, who died in Bucha during the Russian occupation period in February-March 2022, during a funeral in Bucha, Ukraine

Digital clues and the stories Ukraine’s mass graves tell

There are two kinds of mass graves in Ukraine, the ones left after Russian executions, and the ones dug by local people to prevent disease or to protect the bodies. Now, there are efforts underway to document the graves and create digital records of the bodies, in order to identify them later.

Digital clues and the stories Ukraine’s mass graves tell
A woman typing on a laptop on a train in New Jersey

What comes after Hydra, the darknet marketplace that changed everything?

What comes after Hydra, the darknet marketplace that changed everything?
Barcelona’s MareNostrum 4 supercomputer is one of the fastest in the world

Barcelona’s supercomputer MareNostrum is one of the world's fastest. It's about to get a massive upgrade.

Barcelona’s supercomputer MareNostrum is one of the world's fastest. It's about to get a massive upgrade.
Chinese policemen patrol the bund area in Shanghai, June 1, 2022.

Massive data breach in China raises questions around govt's responsibility in securing data, expert says

Massive data breach in China raises questions around govt's responsibility in securing data, expert says
Commercial satellite companies provide views once reserved for governments, like this image of a Russian military training facility in Crimea.

Technology is revolutionizing how intelligence is gathered and analyzed — and opening a window onto Russian military activity around Ukraine

Technology is revolutionizing how intelligence is gathered and analyzed — and opening a window onto Russian military activity around Ukraine
The Department of Justice indicted six officers of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service in October 2020 on charges of hacking and deploying malware.

Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US — but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely

Russia probably has the means to attack US electrical grids and otherwise create havoc but probably won’t go that far. Instead, watch for disinformation aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US — but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely
Efforts to reduce tensions between the Koreas, like the 2018 inter-Korean summit, are frequently the target of disinformation campaigns in South Korea.

Disinformation is spreading beyond the realm of spycraft to become a shady industry – lessons from South Korea

Disinformation is being privatized around the world. This new industry is built on a dangerous combination of cheap labor, high-tech algorithms and emotional national narratives.

Disinformation is spreading beyond the realm of spycraft to become a shady industry – lessons from South Korea
Andreina Baduel wears a T-shirt that reads in Spanish "Justice and freedom" and holds a sign with pictures of people during a protest against political prisoners outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, known as the Helicoide, in Caracas

ICC to open investigation over alleged crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Chief prosecutor Karim Khan announces the ICC will open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Venezuela. Also, the US has added NSO Group, the Israeli company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware, to its trade blacklist. And, the UK approves Molnupiravir, the first antiviral oral pill found to be effective in treating symptomatic COVID-19.

ICC to open investigation over alleged crimes against humanity in Venezuela
Colorful trees stand near a road through the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Oct. 2, 2021. More than 100 countries are pledging to end deforestation at COP26 in Glasgow.

More than 100 countries pledge to curb deforestation at COP26 conference

More than 100 countries pledge to end deforestation in the coming decade during the COP26 conference in Glasgow. Also, A deadly explosion at a military hospital kills at least 19 people in Afghanistan. And, Yahoo pulls out of China.

More than 100 countries pledge to curb deforestation at COP26 conference
Fingers on a keyboard

The people powering AI decisions

Sometimes, human intelligence trumps artificial.

The people powering AI decisions
Elementary students sit in a computer lab at school

Sal Khan on leveling the playing field, in and out of the classroom

Father of online education weighs in on learning loss, screen fatigue and education no longer bound by time and space.

Sal Khan on leveling the playing field, in and out of the classroom
Two men are shown standing across from each other with one man handing a large stack of documents over to the other.

Report reveals more than 200,000 children abused by clergy in France

Top of The World: A new probe has revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in France had sexually abused more than 200,000 children since 1950. And, Facebook and its associated apps, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, went down for about six hours on Monday around the world. Also, Russia has reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths and infections for the fifth time in a week.

Report reveals more than 200,000 children abused by clergy in France
A child plays with a toy gun during a promotion for online games in Beijing on Aug. 29, 2020. China is banning children from playing online games for more than three hours a week, the harshest restriction so far on the game industry as Chinese regulators

Chinese govt cracks down on online gaming, TikTok — claiming that tech has outsize influence on society

Every week it seems, the government announces new restrictions targeting everything from entertainment to afterschool education to video games. 

Chinese govt cracks down on online gaming, TikTok — claiming that tech has outsize influence on society
Police officers collect evidence near the car of Serhiy Shefir, first assistant to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that was shot at, near Kyiv, Ukraine

Top aide to Ukraine’s president targeted in shooting

A top aid of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy escapes an assassination attempt. Also, US President Joe Biden hosts a vaccine summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. And, cargo ships are facing a bottleneck at California ports.

Top aide to Ukraine’s president targeted in shooting
Three elections posters show Social Democratic top candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, Christian Democratic top candidate Armin Laschet, center, and top candidate of the Greens Annalena Baerbock in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. 

Dubious voting fraud claims in Germany spread online ahead of elections

Experts say those making the claims have been influenced by the US’ “stolen election” narrative from 2020, including false claims of election fraud and conspiracy theories about the security of voting by mail.

Dubious voting fraud claims in Germany spread online ahead of elections