Digital instruments that do not require any network functionality/connection to the internet.
Instruments are based on largely established technologies that require at least a temporary connection to the internet.
Instruments include new technologies, complex combinations of different tech-nologies and newly developed proprietary solution
Source: Venro (2019)
For instance, a possible low tech solution can be to use SMS for training.
A medium-tech solution could be to use Etherpads or Emails, since these require not an always online smartphone, nor are producing many data. A positive side effect is their descretion, since they are usually not involving tracking.
Also social media can be a solution. Messengers are widespread among learners of all ages. In many countries of the world people cannot afford the unlimited and free access to the whole Internet and its technologies, but have the opportunity to buy "cast
In many regions of the world, people cannot afford free unlimited access to the Internet and thus to all kinds of new technologies. They can, on the other hand, purchase inexpensive packages that unlock some core services and apps. Often YouTube and popular social media platforms, for example. Here, of course, users cannot really influence data collection and monitoring.
But does it really always have to be Google Doc? Isn't a simple pad sometimes enough? The message that low- and mid-tech solutions send us is:
Try to get as much as possible out of limited resources, instead of resorting to ready-made solutions for every special purpose imaginable. Isn't that roughly what is meant by "hacking"?
Geographic information systems (GIS)
Augmented reality (3D visualisation)...
- Lukas Goltermann (editor). Julia Manske, Melanie Stilz (authors): Tech for Good:The possibilities and limits of using digital instruments in international development projects of non-governmental organisations. Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen e.V. (VENRO), Berlin 2019