On the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Kiev-based daily Den remembers "the red button that changed the world" on its front page, featuring a picture of Chernobyl's "trumpeting angel" memorial.

The Ukrainian-language newspaper tells the story of the April 26, 1986, nuclear catastrophe, one of the worst in history, and the fateful chain of events that led a power plant employee to press the EPS-5 button, triggering the explosion at reactor number four.

The disaster killed 31 people directly, and long-term effects of the resulting radioactive contamination are still being investigated.

For more, read this exclusive Le Monde/Worldcrunch article, Nuclear Past, Radioactive Future: In Chernobyl, 30 Years Later.

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The Metaverse Will Make All That's Bad With The Internet Worse

The change of Facebook's name to Meta is a hint to the general public of where social media and digital sovereignty risks taking us in a future "virtual" world.

Creating a digital avatar in the metaverse

Raphaël Suire

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PARIS — The first bricks of the internet emerged in post-World War II California at the crossroads of a double ideology: military and libertarian, based on the virtues of decentralization. It was all about inventing a network infrastructure that was resilient to targeted attacks. It also allowed for individuals to be emancipated through a new set of capabilities, including in communication, interaction and learning, facilitated through a microcomputer.

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