The Download: Police used social media to surveil Black people, and India’s worsening heat waves
Climate change is making India’s brutal heat waves worse
Blistering temperatures: Heat waves are scorching India and Pakistan this week, breaking records as the region enters the hottest time of the year. Some states in India have already seen temperatures top 43 degC (110 degF).
Peaking early: Extreme heat can be deadly, especially for a region where many lack access to cooling. Climate change is making heat waves more severe and frequent. The region’s peak temperatures are usually in May and June just before the monsoon rains bring relief. However, this year has been especially hot.
Accelerated change: The effects of climate change on weather can sometimes be difficult to tease out. Researchers have “very high confidence,” however, that climate change is causing heat waves. Read the complete story .
Quote of the day
“I’m sure everyone will say hi to me. Everyone will be my friend.”
–Artur, a 10-year-old from western Ukraine, is optimistic about settling into his new home in America, according to The Guardian.
I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.
1 Elon Musk attacked Twitter’s top lawyer
His tweets criticizing her triggered a wave of racist abuse. (WP $)
Women and minorities are all too familiar with how it feels to be harassed on Twitter. (NYT $)
Republican senators gained followers in the wake of the deal announcement. (Economist $)
No CEO is an island when it comes to running a social media platform. (WP $)
Twitter hid tweets promoting a documentary about QAnon. (Gizmodo)
2 Russia is still being flooded with cyberattacks
While hacks targeting Ukraine have decreased. (Wired $)
Many of Russia’s cyberattacks appear to support its military strikes. (NYT $)
Ukrainians are fighting a colonial war. (New Yorker $)
Ukrainians are posing with destroyed Russian tanks for social media shots. (WP $)
3 A second country has adopted Bitcoin as legal tender
Though just 4% of people in the Central African Republic even have access to the web. (BBC)
Crypto millionaires are pouring money into Central America to build their own cities. (TR)
4 Meta’s revenue growth is the slowest it’s been in a decade
But it’s finally stopped losing users. (FT $)
5 North Koreans are jailbreaking smartphones to access foreign media
And it’s helping them to challenge the government’s regime. (Wired $)
North Korean defectors have flown propaganda leaflets into the country. (Reuters)
6 Google may remove search results that could be used to dox you
That’ll involve taking down personal information such as your address or login credentials. (The Verge)
A reminder that your social media timeline is not a democracy. (Politico)
7 Shanghai residents are crowdsourcing aid to survive lockdown
As the city enters its fifth week of restrictions, people are forming networks to swap everything from recipes to pet care tips. (WSJ $)
Fury over lockdowns is testing China’s triumphant covid narrative. (NYT $)
8 Marine biologists have developed GPS for the ocean
Hopefully it’ll make tracking sea creatures less challenging. (Economist $)
A gigantic ocean current appears to be slowing down. (Scientific American)
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