Facebook is extending its philanthropic arm, joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on three fronts. First and foremost: money. Facebook users will see a donation bug pop up in their news feed in the coming days offering options to donate to three nonprofits (the International Medical Corps, the Red Cross and Save the Children). Leveraging its enormous user base to funnel funding to nonprofits is just the base level -- Facebook is also providing emergency voice/data services to medical workers in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It's working with NetHope, a collaboration of nongovernmental organizations, to provide those services.
Facebook and NetHope are deploying 100 "mobile satellite communication terminals" -- standalone computer terminals which provide broadband internet and telephone service. The devices are headed to areas with "little-to-no-existing communications capacity" with the intention of helping curb the spread of Ebola through data and communication.