Friday Five for March 11, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:
1. We want to hear from you! Survey: UC Tech 2022

The UC Tech 2022 planning committee is looking for your input.
As you may have read in this week’s UC IT blog, The UC Tech Conference will be this August 15-17, hosted by UC San Diego. They are working on a hybrid event that allows people to safely come together but also to participate virtually.

So that they can better plan capacity and get a sense of where our community is, please spend 60 seconds taking the survey. Take Survey.
2. Russia to block Instagram after Meta relaxes stance on Putin hate speech

Russia has moved to block Instagram after its parent company, Meta, said it would allow calls for violence against Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers involved in the invasion of Ukraine to appear on the social media platform.

Russian prosecutors demanded that access to Instagram be blocked on Friday after media reports of the relaxation of its policies on hate speech related to the war. Continue reading.
3. Exhibit: confirm humanity

Tues–Sun, March 8 – 13, Hourly, 2:45 – 6:00 PM

In-gallery performance of a solo choreography for two dancers that asks what remains after the contemporary body—as digital as it is human—is reset to its factory settings. Check it out.
4. Facebook and Instagram let users call for death to Russian soldiers over Ukraine

Facebook and Instagram users in some countries will be allowed to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, after parent company Meta made a temporary change to its hate speech policy.

The company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators. Continue reading.
5. You can save up to $50 on some Nintendo Switch games for Mario Day

March 10th is the unofficial holiday to celebrate all things Nintendo, and a variety of retailers are offering bargains on first-party Nintendo titles and some of the best accessories for the Nintendo Switch. While neither the Switch Lite nor OLED models of the Nintendo Switch are currently discounted, both models are readily available for late adopters or anyone who has been looking to upgrade from the classic Switch (in the case of the Switch OLED model).Continue reading.