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Can humanity be digitized?

Europe is facing huge challenges, and solutions for the refugee crisis are urgently needed. At CeBIT 2016, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) is showcasing three projects to show how IT can help deal with humanitarian issues.

15 Mar. 2016

The broad remit of the BMI covers a huge range of areas such as domestic security, policies relating to non-German citizens, asylum policy, public services, administrative modernization, constitutional law and sport. In dealing with this multitude of tasks, the BMI is increasingly turning to cutting-edge information technologies and is developing federal IT infrastructures in collaboration with the IT Planning Council (IT-Planungsrat) as the central body. In response to the current refugee crisis, the BMI is showcasing the coordination project "Digitalizing the asylum process" at the IT Planning Council's CeBIT stand. Both Federal and State authorities in Germany hope that the BMI-led project will result in a digital asylum process that is seamless across all media. CeBIT visitors can find out more about the personalization system for registering asylum seekers and the processes for issuing proof of arrival. Data retrieval from the core data system will also be demonstrated.

Germany's biggest charitable online donation platform will also be exhibiting at the BMI's CeBIT stand. With funding from the BMI, it has created zusammen-für-flü (together for refugees), a central online platform for social initiatives that aim to help refugees. The team at provides free support for aid projects looking for people who are willing to donate their time or money and also guarantees that 100 percent of donations go to the organizations running the relevant project.

Another contributor to the BMI stand is the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is exhibiting a valuable contribution for coordinating refugee aid. On show is the ZKI service for federal authorities (ZKI-DE), which can quickly and automatically generate and visualize flood information from satellite data, for example. As satellite data can be analyzed to suit the particular requirements, it can also be used for humanitarian issues, such as in the current refugee crisis.

German Federal Ministry of the Interior (10577 Berlin, Germany), Hall 7, Stand A58