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Past articles by Rina:

In Thailand's Muslim south, phones cut off in surveillance crackdown

Thai authorities said residents of 3 provinces, and some districts of Songkhla, had to re-register their SIM cards with their fingerprints and facial image. → Read More

Salaries to remittances: Afghans embrace crypto amid financial chaos

When Roya Mahboob began paying her staff and freelancers in Afghanistan in bitcoin nearly 10 years ago, little did she know that for some of these women the digital currency would be their ticket out of the country after the fall of Kabul in August. → Read More

Afghan panic over digital history spurs data collection rethink

Privacy experts warn that United Nations and development agencies' use of biometric data and digital identity cards poses risks to refugees and other vulnerable groups. → Read More

Afghans scramble to delete digital history

Thousands of Afghans struggling to ensure the safety of their families after the Taliban took control of the country have an additional worry. → Read More

Afghans scramble to delete digital history, evade biometrics

There are fears that government offices and aid agencies may fail to secure databases, leaving people vulnerable to attacks → Read More

Indonesia's tourism mega-project 'tramples' on human rights, UN says

A tourism mega-project on the Indonesian island of Lombok has uprooted local and indigenous people, and destroyed homes, fields, rivers, and religious sites, UN human rights experts said. → Read More

Boon or bane? Malaysian island reclamation plan divides residents

The island of Penang on the northwest coast of Malaysia is known for its sandy beaches, the colorful wall murals of its capital Georgetown, and its fiery street food. In time, it will also be known for three man-made islands that state authorities say are needed to provide housing and economic opportunities for an expanding population, while also generating funds for a modern transport network. → Read More

Thai landfill turned into urban farm to feed poor during pandemic

An urban farm developed on a former landfill site in northern Thailand boosted the food security and livelihoods of poor families during the coronavirus pandemic, and can be a model for unused spaces in other cities, urban experts said on Thursday. → Read More

Asian migrant workers locked up, dumped as coronavirus curbs ease

Migrant workers in Asia are being locked up and abandoned by employers even as countries ease coronavirus curbs, say human rights groups, which are calling for better housing and changes to visa laws. → Read More

'Venice of the East' revives canals to fix traffic snarls

Until recently, Nuttanakul Somsak's daily commute to work was unlike that of most residents in Bangkok: she hopped on a boat for about half the price of a train ticket, and taking just a fraction of the time that a taxi or bus did. → Read More

How walkable is your city? London, Hong Kong put pedestrians first

BANGKOK - Urban planners and local authorities must improve walkability in cities to tackle poor health and social inequality, researchers said on Thursday, after the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of being able to walk easily and safely. → Read More

FEATURE-With social media and academics, Thai villagers save ancestral forest

T he villagers of Ban Boon Rueang in northern Thailand had long known that they benefited from the community wetland forest that supplied them with fish and firewood, but it wasn't until devastating floods in 2010 that they realised just how much. → Read More

7 Lawyers Continuing RGB's Fight for Women's Rights Around the World

Across the world, female justices are achieving victories for women's rights, much like the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg did in the US. → Read More

FEATURE-Chatbots, motorbikes: Southeast Asia HIV centres adapt to coronavirus

BANGKOK, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five days after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in Manila, charity LoveYourself hired 20 former motorcycle taxi riders, gave them a crash course on HIV and sent them off to deliver life-saving medication after signing confidentiality agreements. The restrictions on movement and a lack of public transport in the city meant many of the charity’s… → Read More

Back to work? Not without a check-in app, immunity passport

To go anywhere in Singapore these days, Joni Sng needs mobile phone apps and other technologies: a QR code to enter shops, a digital map to see how crowded a mall or park is, and a tracker to show if she was near someone infected with the coronavirus. → Read More

Health workers, slum dwellers face housing bias as lockdowns lift in PH, other countries

The easing of coronavirus lockdowns in cities around the world could lead to a rise in evictions of slum dwellers, housing experts warned on Wednesday, with healthcare workers and migrants also facing difficulties finding homes. → Read More

Grow your own: Urban farming flourishes in coronavirus lockdowns

The coronavirus lockdowns are making city dwellers realise how crucial urban farms can be in feeding the urban population → Read More

Africa: Internet Shutdowns 'Not Justified' in Coronavirus Outbreak

Internet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned. → Read More

Internet shutdowns 'not justified' in coronavirus outbreak

BANGKOK / ADDIS ABABA, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - I nternet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned. The outbreak has infected more than 245,000 people worldwide and the death toll now exceeds 10,000, according to a Reuters tally. “Internet access is critical at a… → Read More

Asia's rapid urbanization, deforestation linked to deadly viruses

The rapid pace of deforestation, urbanization and road building are major factors in the spread of infectious diseases across Asia, including the coronavirus, health and environment experts said on Wednesday. → Read More