Kasadaka: a Voice Service Development Platform to Bridge the Web's Digital Divide

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Abstract

The World Wide Web is a crucial open public space for knowledge sharing, content creation and application service provisioning for billions on this planet. Although it has a global reach, still more than three billion people do not have access to the Web, the major ity of whom live in the Global South, often in rural regions, under low-resource conditions and with poor infrastructure. However the need for knowledge sharing, content creation and application service provisioning is no less on the other side of this Digital Di vide. In this paper we describe the Kasadaka platform that supports easy creation of local-content and voice-based information services targeted at currently ‘unconnected’ populations and matching the associated resource and infrastructural requirements. The Kasadaka platform and especially its Voice Service Development Kit supports the formation of an ecosystem of decentralized voice-based infor mation services that serve local populations and communities. This is, in fact, very much analogous to the services and functionalities offered by the Web, but in regions where Internet and Web are absent and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on ICT4D
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Symposium "Perspectives on ICT4D" co-located with 10th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci'18). Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 27, 2018.
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Number of pages2
Volume2120
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event5th International Symposium "Perspectives on ICT4D", P-ICT4D 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 27 May 2018 → …

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073

Conference

Conference5th International Symposium "Perspectives on ICT4D", P-ICT4D 2018
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period27/05/18 → …

Keywords

  • Digital divide
  • Low literacy
  • Low-resource hardware
  • Services development software kit
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Voice-based services

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