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Aid groups use blockchain to ensure help reaches intended recipients

The technology behind Bitcoin is ensuring that help is going to the intended recipients.

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UN has high hopes for private sector after Microsoft rights donation

The United Nations human rights office welcomed a US$5mil (RM21.58mil) donation from Microsoft Corp and called on the rest of the private sector, which makes up only a tiny proportion of its donors, to "step up to the plate".

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Top Italian official says Facebook must do more against hate speech

Facebook must do much more to stamp out hate speech on its site, the president of Italy's lower house of parliament said, warning that rising abuse on various social media was being fuelled by fake news.

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Internet in Greek migrant camps as important as food, water: aid groups

One of the first questions aid worker Isaac Kwamy was asked in Greece's camps for refugees and migrants was not whether there was food or water, but whether there was Internet access.

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UN taps crowdfunding app to tackle refugee camp food shortages

The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has responded to a funding crunch by developing a mobile app that lets people around the world donate money to help feed the four million displaced Syrians living in neighbouring countries.

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Britain's tech community links up with charities to help migrants with mobiles

A group of London-based techies has started working with charities to find ways to help refugees on the move, most of whom have mobile phones.

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For many refugees, journey to Europe begins on Facebook

Would-be migrants hoping to flee war in the Middle East are using Facebook as their compass for finding the people smugglers they hope will get them to a better life in Europe.

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Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland

Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war.

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Skype slims down software for aid workers

b>GENEVA/b>: Internet phone company Skype has a bare-bones version of its software that is designed to work over very low bandwidth connections which often are the only links aid workers in far flung places have to the outside world.