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In this edition, as we enter the holiday season – a time during which NGOs launch donation campaigns and people tend to ponder more on generosity – we look at how blockchain and crypto funds are now facilitating the act of donating. We speak to the executive director of Unicef France, an agency that has been a pioneer in launching its very own crypto fund. 

We also take a look at the city transport of the future. The Urbanloop project, designed by engineering students from eastern France, is a pod-like system that offers a greener and cheaper mode of transport. With the ultimate aim of ridding towns of cars, it could see the light of day as early as 2024, but first it has to pass a test to beat the world energy-saving record for an autonomous vehicle. 

Our tech editor Peter O’Brien also explains that while some may see these mobility projects as futuristic, we’ve actually been transporting humans in tubes, on and off, for more than 150 years. 

Also, how can NGOs increase their transparency to regain people’s trust? Indeed, NGOs around the world receive donations through various channels. But, like everyone else, NGOs also face corruption and money-laundering accusations. We speak to Sébastien Lyon, the executive director of Unicef France about why NGOs are looking to cryptocurrencies and blockchain in a bid to address this issue.

In Test 24, we try a system by French developer Iodé that will help you prevent your data from being harvested or correlated. An easy system accessible to all, even for people who aren’t tech savvy!