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The danger of digitalising aid

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Digital systems are critical to development and humanitarian activities, but they can expose some of the world’s most vulnerable communities to unforeseen risks. Recent examples from Afghanistan highlight these dangers. In September, it was reported that the UK Ministry of Defence had been involved in two separate data breaches, potentially compromising the safety of participants in the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy programme, which is intended to protect people who had worked for British forces. These breaches followed revelations that the Taliban now control systems for digital id…

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