On Russia's war against Ukraine

🇺🇦 Since February 2022, my home country, Ukraine, has been suffering from a brutal full-scale Russian military invasion, which brought enormous devastation to everyone in Ukraine. Some of the ways you can help:

Advocacy: No peace without justice. Many people believe that pursuing "peace at all costs" is the right course of action in Ukraine. While appearing moral, stopping military action at the current stage means that the mass killings, summary executions, deportations, arbitrary violence and detention, looting of people's belongings and cultural heritage in the occupied territories will continue with impunity. Not only "peace at all costs" is a call for subjugation in disguise, but it cannot stop even the military action in the long term. After a pause, the attack is bound to resume with fresh forces unless the mainstream imperialist chauvinist ideology loses its cultural and political domination in Russia. If you have political representation in one of the countries that are capable of providing assistance to Ukraine, please call for aid and sanctions that would help Ukraine to achieve not only peace but justice — at the very least, the liberation of the occupied territories — for as long as Ukrainians are willing to fight for it.

Host scholars and students. Consider hosting Ukrainian scholars and students at your institutions through, e.g., Science for Ukraine.

Platform Ukrainian voices. If you hold events or curate publications on Ukraine, make sure to invite Ukrainians and experts on Ukraine, not Poland or Russia. If you are looking for Ukrainian academics who could comment on the war taking into account the technological aspects, I have compiled a list for you.

Donate to vetted local organizations on the ground. The majority of humanitarian work in Ukraine is done by local organizations, yet they receive only 0.003% of all humanitarian contributions. Reluctance to donate to unfamiliar organizations is understandable, but I encourage you to try this curated list of local organizations: standforukraine.com

🇺🇦 Some resources about the context of the war in Ukraine and Russian colonialism:
🇺🇦 A non-exhaustive list of academics who study Ukraine and technological aspects. Consider inviting them for comments, panels, and talks:
Tetyana (Tanya) Lokot. Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at Dublin City University.
She researches threats to digital rights, networked authoritarianism, internet freedom, and internet governance in Eastern Europe. She is the author of Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), an in-depth study of protest and digital media in Ukraine and Russia.
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Olga Onuch. Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Politics at University of Manchester.
Works on comparative study of protest, elections, migration & identity in Eastern Europe and Latin America. In 2022, Onuch joined a team of of colleagues at the Kyiv School of Economics, Duke, UNC, and University of Maryland on the #DataForUkraine project providing data on: civilian resistance (CR), human rights abuses (HRA), internally displaced people (IDP) and humanitarian support/needs (HS) durring the ongoing Russian invasion of and war against Ukraine.
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Olga Boichak. Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Digital Cultures at University of Sydney.
She is a sociologist researching social media and its implications on how we communicate with each other, engage in humanitarian activism in our communities, and influence the outcomes of military conflicts near and far. She is also a domain expert and media commentator on the Russia-Ukraine relations and my work has been featured on television, radio, and in press articles, including on ABC, SBS, BBC, Bloomberg, Vox, LA Times, and others.
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Nadiya Kostyuk. Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Her research focuses on security studies, modern warfare, cyber conflict, cyber institutions and capability, Russian and Eurasian politics. Her methodological areas of interest include network analysis, mathematical and computational modeling, and text analysis.
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Larissa Doroshenko. Postdoctoral Teaching Associate of Communication Studies at Northeastern University.
Explores how marginalized groups, ranging from racial minorities and women politicians to pro-democratic citizens in authoritarian regimes, use emerging media to gain power.
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Roman Horbyk. Postdoctoral Researcher in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University.
Studies fake news, media and war, history of media and culture, primarily in Eastern Europe.
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This list was last updated in July 2022.