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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11:16

 

Last week I got a call from mobile technology expert, and BBC Technology journalist Dan Simmons asking me to comment on the new keepod, an initiative that recently raised $40,000 on the Indigogo crowd-funding platform for their programme in Mathere, Nairobi.

You can read Dan's article here but I thought I'd use this blog-post to reflect more fully than the space in Dan's article or the lead story on BBC Click allowed. Let me be clear, I support the efforts of the keepod team, but here I aim to offer some constructive criticism from technical, social and critical perspectives.

 

The Technical

 

ICT4D is rightly criticised for being technocentric when it focuses on the technology itself at the expense of social and critical perspectives. This is not to say that the technical is irrelevant or should be ignored.

 

The keepod is a $7 bootable USB drive running the free and open source Android...

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