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Past articles by Rina:

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

India's poor risk loss of privacy, land in drive to digitise records

NEW DELHI, March 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A push to digitise land records in India to establish ownership and minimise conflicts has raised concerns over privacy for poorer communities and could make them more vulnerable to evictions, legal and technology experts said on Monday. India’s national land record modernisation programme seeks to re-survey lands, verify and upgrade records, and… → Read More

Unequal cities bear the brunt of deadly disease outbreaks

BANGKOK - As the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus, becomes the latest urban center to face a deadly disease outbreak, city planners and physicians say such densely packed hubs are particularly vulnerable and may need a redesign. → Read More

Salty water in Bangkok is new 'reality' as sea pushes farther inland

Thai authorities are trucking drinking water to parts of Bangkok and urging residents to shower less as a worsening drought and rising sea levels have increased salinity, a growing risk faced by many Asian cities, climate researchers said. → Read More

Study: PH deadliest nation for farmers, indigenous people over land disputes

The Philippines was also ranked the deadliest nation for land rights activists last year by another human rights group, Britain-based Global Witness, which recorded 164 killings worldwide. → Read More

Facial recognition at Indian cafe chain sparks calls...

By Rina ChandranBANGKOK, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The use of facial recognition technology at a popular Indian cafe chain that triggered a... → Read More

Asian cities risk stumbling 'zombie-like' towards digital dystopia

As Asian cities turn to technologies such as facial recognition and artificial intelligence to deliver social welfare and public services, urban experts on Thursday urged authorities to address privacy concerns and protect the vulnerable. → Read More

Crowded Hong Kong goes underground to overcome land crunch

From Singapore to sub-Saharan Africa, the world's cities are fast running out of space to house their swelling populations. → Read More

Is your Thai holiday resort built on indigenous land?

Place is a news and information website designed to shed light on the many issues revolving around land and property rights. → Read More

Palm oil, pineapples threaten Southeast Asia's indigenous lands

Palm oil plantations in Indonesia and commercial fruit orchards in the Philippines have uprooted indigenous people and rural communities from their land, despite laws put in place to protect them, human rights groups said. → Read More

Mapping project seeks to secure 'invisible' indigenous lands

BANGKOK - An online project mapping all of the world's indigenous lands will help secure legal rights, and alert communities to the potential threats of illegal logging and mining, land and indigenous rights groups said on Friday. → Read More

Asian cities turn to electric vehicles in anti-pollution drive

Asian cities are switching to electric vehicles in a bid to tackle worsening air quality, cut climate changing emissions, and expand their public transport networks, climate experts said on Friday. → Read More

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

BANGKOK - Small islands and coastal cities in Asia-Pacific need more funds to assist vulnerable communities and help them decide whether to relocate or stay and defend against rising sea levels and extreme weather, climate experts said on Thursday. → Read More

Philippines is world's deadliest nation for land rights: campaign group

More than 3 people were murdered each week last year while protecting their land from encroaching industries, a human rights group said on Tuesday, with a 4-fold increase in killings related to conflicts over water. → Read More