What good are transformative applications if people can not use them? BuyThisSatellite.org campaign works to ensure universal access to connect.
Over a hundred innovators, thinkers, technologists, futurists, movers and shakers all over the globe are working together to build a solution to connect everyone through ahumanright.org. The "buy this satellite" campaign is an ahumanright.org initiative.
They believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves - a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right. Imagine your digital life disconnected. Without access to the 100 million man-hours that have been put into Wikipedia, how much do you actually know? Without your contacts online social networks how much can you accomplish? Without access to the news, weather, your bank account-- how in charge of your life are you?
The Internet has transformed what it means to be human - we are now more connected to one another than ever before. Yet, over 5 billion people do not have access to this incredible invention, do not have a voice in the global dialog, or the opportunity to share ideas and learn from the Internet's ever-expanding knowledge pool.
They believe that access to information and the Internet is a necessity for every global citizen and We plan to address the information inequality by making internet access so ubiquitous you can take it for granted: Free, global, seamless connectivity.
The webpage: The webpage: http://buythissatellite.org/
The best with the app/supporting initiative
> The obvious, but too little discussed: The focus on those that are not connected.
> Crowd souring for money
> That a small group of passionate people can highlight the need and importance of connectivity.
The weak parts of the app/supporting initiative
> Unclear if this is the best way to connect people and what equipment that is needed among those that will be connected.
What could accelerate this app/supporting initiative into a world changer?
> A roadmap for connectivity for 9 billion people that is technology neutral and flexible where people can contribute to different parts.
> A strategy to encourage content development that could be used by poor people.
How direct is the delivery of the result the app tries to achieve
- Long shot
People still need equipment "on the ground", but as soon as the satellite is directed in a new direction a lot of people will be connected.
How transformative is it
- A new world
- A major shift
- A bit of a shake-up
- A gentle rocking
Contributing to a global focus is really important and hopefully more groups and individuals will explore ways to connect and support the poor on the planet.
How much does it encourage collaborations
How much are new networks supported
- Strong support for global networks?
- Currently encourages new forms of collaboration
- Provides interesting opportunities in the future
- Restricted to a small (expert) group
Connecting those without connectivity and doing so with crowd sourcing is as connected as it gets.
What synergies can be delivered
How well does it also solve other problems/generate solutions
- It solves everything
- Several important challenges
- Some important challenges
- Only one challenge
As a infrastructure project this only need affordable devices (and relevant software) to deliver.
Nine billion contribution
How global is it? Is it helping/will it help everyone on the planet
- Instant global equality
- Almost global
- Getting (incrementally) global
- Not applicable
The satellite will obviously not reach everyone, but the initiative itself can help put the focus on global equity.
Building on current trends
How well does it use current trends
- The app is setting new trends by itself
- Building on multiple trends
- Effectively building on one trend
- Not really building on any major trend
Using crowd-financing has become very popular, but unclear how successful it is for risky investments that have little financial payback.
How fast can it deliver
- It's already happening
- In the coming weeks
- In a year or so
- In a distant future (hopefully)
As it is only redirecting existing infrastructure to cover the poor the change can be fast.
Does it support transformative transparency
- Brave new transparency
- Transparency that is innovative (never seen before)
- Increased transparency, but nothing innovative
- No increase in transparency
Allowing those without connectivity to make their "voice" heard.