We've been watching big tech and numerous organisations trying to 'solve' digital divide by continuously cultivating outdated paradigms. Our starting point is based on their mistakes:
The ‘computer per person’ approach barely makes a dent in the incredible demand. It is simply impossible to manufacture a laptop per person.
‘Mobile First’ is not a realistic solution for a quality educational experience. Its a cheap manipulation driven by commercial agendas with dangerous outcomes to society in general and youth specifically.
The distribution of devices such as smartphones and tablets introduce safety concerns to young students. In communities where people earn less then $2 a day, its unimaginable to think a $100 digital device is not putting a young child at risk.
About 100,000 computers are thrown away every single day in the western world. Many of them can be used and recycled. This culture of waste and damage to our plant is unacceptable and should be a key starting point to anyone trying to solve digital divide.
The commercial culture of mass surveillance, big data analysis and AI decision making is not a legitimate proposition. People are not a product. Companies offering 'free' services so they can harvest your data or bomb you with advertisements are not going to save the planet and are not a legitimate partner.
It is obvious that if we want to actually solve this problem, we need to stop and change radically the way we approach things. And with this in mind, we created Keepod.