Elpís is the Greek for hope. This is what two students from Edinburgh University are trying to give to refugees… Read More
15 Jun 2016
“Many times we detainees get upset, fed up living stressful life in detention. Facebook [would be] helpful to spend some good moments having talk to family and friends. This feeling help out to change the mood and release the stress.” – Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons
Home Office Detention Services Order 04/2016 (DSO) will come into effect, prohibiting people living in immigration removal centres, pre-departure accommodation and short-term holding facilities from accessing social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms and instant messaging.
stating that social media among the “prohibited categories of sites” along with things such as gambling and extremist and radicalisation material. But, it is the first formal order to Home Office staff on the subject.
This begs the question, why was it released now if the rules were already in place? Responding to this question with a generic reply, the Home Office stated that, “The internet Detention Services Order has been in development since last year and was not a direct response to Stephen Shaw’s review, although the findings of his review were taken into account.”
02 Jun 2016
What’s happened in the last few months has been astounding. From the day I created a simple Facebook group and Twitter feed in September to today, we’ve had two major conferences in London, a day-long global live stream, multiple hackathons in many cities and countries, name-checks at the highest levels (e.g. Syria Donors Conference) and a burgeoning number of Techfugees “Chapters” have mushroomed around the world (in fact, so fast we have barely had time to update the web site!). We’ve engaged with major NGO agencies and caught the attention of the global media.
It would be a shame if all that good will petered out into nothing, when we know in our heart of hearts that technology has an enormous amount to bring to the refugee situation either in terms of empowering them directly or empowering the agencies that try to help them, from the beginning of their journey to their integration into a new country.
01 Apr 2016