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Inside Ukraine’s open-source war

By Gillian Tett

22 Jul 2022 · 10 min read

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A detailed explainer on how Ukrainian techies have adapted digital networks to resist the Russian invasion and what it means for the future of networked warfare.

Digital networks are helping Ukraine resist the Russian invasion. Will they also reshape the future of conflict?Andrey Liscovich was at home in downtown San Francisco when he saw a tweet from the American politician Marco Rubio: “The #Russian invasion of #Ukraine is now underway.”

He felt sick. The 37-year-old Ukrainian had spent most of the previous decade working far from his native country, including as chief executive officer of Uber Works, a subsidiary of the ride-booking group, before creating his own tech start-up. But Liscovich was born in Zaporizhzhia, on the border of the south-eastern Donbas region now suffering intense Russian bombardments.

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