UNICEF Australia is “going crypto,” having recently announced an initiative to allow users to easily mine for cryptocurrency and donate it to the good cause.
The service, called Hopepage, enables good people from all around the world to use a portion of their computers’ processing power to generate Monero cryptocurrency and fund life-saving aid for children in crisis.
An easy way to collect the funds
According to Tony Andres Tang, the digital brand and content manager of UNICEF Australia, those interested in helping UNICEF don’t have to do much to contribute. Also, users stay in control as they are able to choose how much power is donated.
Although Hopepage doesn’t disclose which software it uses for mining cryptocurrency, ITnews has found that UNICEF is using AuthedMine, a variant of Coinhive, that gives users an option to mine the altcoin Monero.
In the “How To” section of the website, we read — and already know, mind you — that “mining is perfectly safe for your computer.” But, we must add, that this process will produce a slightly higher energy bills and perhaps an overall slower Internet connection. Nothing major, but still worth knowing.
Not the first UNICEF crypto gig
Earlier this year, UNICEF launched a two-month campaign that asked PC gamers to donate their unused computer power to mine for Ethereum. The proceeds of this initiative went to Syrian child refugees, and when the campaign ended on March 31 – a little over 1,000 euros was raised from more than 11,000 contributors.
That, obviously, is not a lot of money for UNICEF, but we gotta remember that the first quarter of this year wasn’t exactly the honeymoon for cryptocurrencies, Ethereum included.
Also, not the first mining campaign for good cause
In early 2018, we’ve talked about Bail Bloc, a project of The New Inquiry conducted in partnership with the Bronx Freedom Fund. It involved a Windows desktop application that mined for Monero to get people out of jail. The proceeds raised were used to help the poor people pay their bail.
Users who installed Bail Bloc were effectively verifying transactions for the Monero cryptocurrency ledger, donating a percentage of their overall computing power for the task. This process, according to its authors, used only an additional 10-25% of the available computing power, translating to an additional $1-3 per month of power use.
Finally, it is worth reminding that other sites around the web are using web-based cryptocurrency mining to finance their work. Notably, we have seen a few content providers such as Salon taking this route. Also, there is a number of shady operations that “cryptojack” users’ computer resources, but that’s something completely different. Cause users are not aware that their computer is used for this activity…