The country is on a mission to drum up technology and spread it through. This can be traced in the efforts by the government to invest more in the field. The latest is the techno city, Konza whose works were launched earlier this year.

The country however faces illiteracy problems where a large number of Kenyans remain unfamiliar with how to read or write. Technology today demands that users know how to read and write to be able to use it effectively. This however can seize to be a problem thanks to an innovation by IBM’s Indian team in a quest to reach the illiterate via the internet who came up with “spoken web”.

The basic principle of Spoken Web lies in creating a system analogous to the World Wide Web using a technology most of us all have in common – speech. Spoken Web helps people create voice sites using a simple telephone, mobile or landline. The user gets a unique phone number which is analogous to a URL and when other users access this voice site they get to hear the content uploaded there. Interestingly, all these voice sites can be interlinked creating a massive network, which can work like the World Wide Web.

IBM launched this concept in early 2011.The new “digital government” has it in their manifesto to provide laptops to children in lower learning institutions, this technology could come in handy.

Other possible applications for the Spoken Web technology include access to the Web for the disabled, or people who are injured, or when driving a car.

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