[Corpora-List] Fw: SketchEngine CEO: No “business as usual” with Russia anymore

Olga Kolesnikova kolesolga at gmail.com
Fri Mar 11 22:40:02 CET 2022

A very good statement in my opinion:


On Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 6:18 AM Vasundhara G <vasundhara131719 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Christian (and colleagues),
> Thank you for saying this. I've also been quite disappointed by people's
> vociferous agreement with the statement. There are parts I agree with and I
> understand and agree with the desire to condemn Russian military
> aggression, but I also see many problems with the statement that are
> representative of a broader and problematic conflation of the Russian state
> with Russian people.
> As you say, it's a two-sided sword. It strikes me as odd to tell Russians
> it's their duty to "prevent Russia from becoming the second North Korea,
> completely isolated from the outside world, completely cut off from any
> type of collaboration," in an email that's about cutting off SketchEngine's
> service to Russian and Belarusian address space.
> It worries me when people conflate an aggressor state with its citizens
> (however broadly defined), because this is the sort of thinking that leads
> to folks calling for Russian students abroad to be deported
> <https://whitehousewire.com/2022/02/27/eric-swalwell-calls-for-russian-students-to-be-kicked-out-of-american-universities-2/>,
> and to stop collaborations with Russian academics as the SketchEngine email
> does - "It is now not the time to make business in Russia, collaborate in
> research and science or compete in sports. It is now not the time to
> do corpus linguistics in Russia." There are companies cutting off Russian
> access to the internet
> <https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/russia-ukraine-latest-news-2022-03-04/card/internet-traffic-handler-cuts-off-some-russian-customers-UrliLc9YQodPocN0HzxX> (something
> the UN considers a fundamental human right), Russian businesses in the US
> are apparently being vandalized
> <https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/russian-businesses-us-face-backlash-war-ukraine-rcna19155>
> , Facebook is temporarily allowing Russophobic hate speech
> <https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/10/22970705/russia-ukraine-moderation-facebook-instagram-hate-speech-violence-policy>
> ... Some of this strikes me as being similar to anti-Asian sentiment
> because people are frustrated about COVID-19 - the anger is misdirected and
> we need to all be more critical about who is getting caught in the
> crossfire.
> As the StackOverflow post you linked says,
> Geo-targeted restrictions on access to Stack Overflow are unlikely to
> effectively block bad actors from using our site, and are technically
> difficult to maintain. The most inconvenienced people wouldn't be policy
> makers / military members - they have tools to evade IP based blocks. It
> would be students/practitioners who'd suddenly find themselves removed from
> one of the world’s largest most consistently high-quality reference sources.
> Something else that put me off about the email is that I find it awfully
> convenient for people writing emails from the comfort of their homes and
> offices in other countries to be telling Russian people that "we all need
> to make sacrifices now," and "if you live in Russia, you need to act," when
> thousands of anti-war protesters in Russia are being beaten and arrested
> in droves
> <https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/27/more-than-2000-arrested-at-anti-war-protests-in-russia> by
> the state. In my opinion we should be doing what we can to support everyone
> who wants to end this war, rather than cutting them off.
> I understand people's desire to show support for Ukraine but I think this
> can be done without falling into the trap of hatred towards or isolation of
> Russian people who don't even want this war, and we should therefore all do
> better.
> Best,
> Vasundhara
> On Mar 11, 2022, at 12:30 PM, Christian Chiarcos <
> christian.chiarcos at gmail.com> wrote:
> public
> Mx. Vasundhara Gautam (they/them <https://pronoun.is/they>)
> Computational Linguist
> https://vasundharagautam.com/
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