According to official UN figures, more than half of the population of the world does not have an internet connection.
The continents with the lowest internet penetration are Asia and Africa, as these regions lack the required infrastructure and people lack the skills needed to benefit from the Internet. In response, eRise is digitally empowering not only those who are not connected to the Internet, but also those who are already connected to it. With one of the main challenges being the high cost of internet access, eRise provides low-cost technology to enable them to get connected to the Internet.
The first eRise project which is aimed to tackle the problem of Internet connectivity for less privileged communities is the Toki Server project. The aim of the project is to provide and empower one billion people for the next five years. Toki Servers are WI-FI ready servers which can run on both AC power, or on batteries for up-to 24 hours and can handle 500 concurrent connections. These servers are placed in the private residences of Toki “Mayors”, who are responsible for maintaining and managing the servers.
eRise is initially expects to have the first 100 Toki Servers distributed to communities in Nigeria during December 2019. The project also aims to pre-load the servers with SD-Cardst with educational materials and libraries that provide awareness in fields such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Disaster Management, Public Health, Gender Issues, Community Development, Economy Development, as well as reference materials.
The curation of these libraries are compiled by Local Digital Librarians (LDL) in order to provide locally relevant content to those communities. eRise leverage decentralized content delivery systems which make websites load faster while consuming minimal power and bandwidth. This accelerates dissemination of knowledge and know-how, thereby uplifting lives in the Digital Age. “