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Submitted by Willie Calvin on

ICTs have so much potential to solve problems from local to state to international. Decentralizing this sort of technology is hugely important to bringing modern efficiency to the people that need it most (e.g. low-income households in developing areas) without forcing cultural assimilation. Empowering citizens like Barrio Digital is a great application of ICTs and judging from this, people are interested in using it, even if they do not have much digital literacy. The focus on training / education is vital to success and uptake on training now may not sustain the program forever. The sustainability of these types of programs relies on the ability for those running it to adapt to the needs of the users as they come up. This may seem obvious, but even companies with a lot of resources can lose track of their users' preferences or assert some degree of asymmetric paternalism. Luckily, the strong team behind Barrio Digital has relatively low overhead for changes and updates, but being a government run team, asymmetric paternalism is definitely something to be aware of.