The current situation in Ukraine is moving everyone to take action, including tech companies.
Tech giants like Elon Musk's Starlink are supporting Ukraine by delivering satellite internet terminals, while social media giants like Meta, YouTube and Twitter are restricting accounts that spread mass misinformation and banning advertising from Russian state media.
Netflix and TikTok have temporarily suspended their services in Russia in response to the new Russian "fake news law".
Airbnb announced it would provide free accommodation for up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. Hosts can offer their accommodation on Airbnb for free or at a lower price. The platform covers the costs of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees. In addition, Airbnb offers hosts all-round protection and liability insurance.
Gaming industry companies like Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Epic Games, CD Projekt Red and Activision Blizzard are suspending the sale of their games in Russia. Microsoft even supports Ukraine's cybersecurity systems to better protect the country against hackers from Russia.
Austrian start-ups and tech companies also want to contribute. In the transport sector, the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region, ÖBB and Wiener Linien are providing free rides for all refugees from Ukraine and Asfinag is exempting all aid transports from motorway tolls.
A1, Magenta and Drei allow free phone calls and SMS from and to Ukraine and have temporarily suspended roaming charges.
Austrian software companies such as Celum or the online supermarket Gurkerl.at are organising fundraising campaigns, donating money or doubling the donations of their employees. The Austrian crypto exchange Bitpanda is calling on its own user community to donate and has quickly set up a Bitpanda Emergency Response Fund via a crowdfunding platform.
The Viennese telehealth start-up TeleDoc actually wanted to launch its service in Ukraine before the invasion and is now offering Ukrainians a free medical consultation by phone.