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Reducing the digital divide with blockchain & crypto

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UNICEF France

Connectivity

We want to connect every kid in the world to the best services the internet has to offer and in order to do that we need to connect every school in the world to an appropriate supply of gigabytes. We need to figure out how to pay for that connectivity and account for those payments in a fair and transparent manner. We need a blockchain based system for dynamic load balancing, accounting and arbitrage across multiple different chains of value from connectivity to energy to IOT sensors in the schools to create new economies and make this effort self-sustaining. Systems exist for doing this type of monitoring in the fields of connectivity and electricity but they are mostly built for more wealthy and well-connected environments.

This particular bounty is to create the code and user-interfaces for applying distributed ledger technologies to disconnected, rural and resource-poor environments.

https://www.unicef.org/innovation/stories/trip-amazonas
https://www.unicef.org/innovation/Magicbox/school-connectivity-kyrgyz-republic

UNICEF already has 600,000 schools mapped, 120,000 of which have connectivity data. You can learn more at http://school-mapping.azurewebsites.net/. This is just the start - we’re looking to the community, leveraging blockchain accounting and transparency & crypto for financing, on how to bring connectivity to every child.

The opportunity

Develop a way to transparently connect and manage school connectivity around the world, creating a reality where young people have access to opportunity but also to create value for themselves in their communities.

We envision this system having several parts to it, including:

1. Application to connect donors to districts (macro views of districts);

Donor (for example, a government) visits a website and can direct funding to connecting districts around the world to get schools in remote areas connected. This is different to projects like 'give directly' or others that are 1:1. Instead of donating directly to a specific school or user, we need to think about how a government / institution with 1M$+ could correctly allocate resources…at scale.

2. Application to enable Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to bid on providing connectivity for different districts;

ISP can view the number of unconnected schools in a specific district and provide a cost estimate to get the schools connected - this isn't for a single ISP - but rather to allow sets of ISPs or others in "connectivity" game - Mobile Network Operators, etc. - to look at pooling their capacity and providing gigabytes/connectivity where it is needed.

3. Application to enable governments, the public, and connectivity/network providers to view connectivity for a specific district;

ISP, donors and general public can leverage data from this dashboard to view the connectivity for each district. When ledgers are public and the accounting is being done for the system in a straightforward manner, it will then be clear when and where there is an ability to meet service contracts.

4. Application to hold all parties accountable;

Mobile network operators, and other service providers will have connectivity data in the public domain, while investors, funders and users will be able to track and understand connectivity better. Smart contracts can adjudicate contractual status in realtime (i.e. if a provider isn't providing…the contract can automatically move to a next vendor etc.)

Criteria

List your assumptions: where is this, what is the scope, etc.
Readme with setup instructions and explanations for implementation details
All code (Variables, function names, comments, etc.) is in English
Open source code (link must be shared via GitHub)
Submit link(s) to working (D)App / tool / API
Web application must have a working front-end
Two of the four buckets of work complete, including requirements listed below

Requirements for Completion

Bucket 1. Application to connect donors to districts (macro views of districts);

Donor visits a website and can donate money directly to connecting districts around the world to get schools in remote areas connected

Donor visits website and can see connectivity stats for different districts
Donor can view the cost of connecting “unconnected” schools for different districts
Donor can send crypto to district

Bucket 2. Application to enable Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to bid on providing connectivity for different districts ;

ISP can view the number of unconnected schools in a specific district and provide a cost estimate to get the schools connected

ISP can view the connectivity stats for different districts
ISP can provide a cost of connecting the “unconnected” schools for different districts

Bucket 3. Application to enable governments, the public, and connectivity/network providers to view connectivity for a specific district;

ISP, donors and general public can leverage data from this dashboard to view the connectivity for each district
Users can see a list of districts Users can select a specific district and view the schools related to the selected item
Users can view the schools that are connected and not connected for that district
Users can see the status of that district (e.g. if donors have provided funding, if ISPs are engaged, number of schools connected and not connected etc.)

Bucket 4. Application to hold all parties accountable;

ISP will be required to update donors and the general public about the connectivity in districts around the world

ISPs are responsible for updating users on an ongoing (can be daily, weekly, etc.) basis re. the connectivity for a specific district
If the ISP fails to grant a minimum download and upload speed for more than n (can be days, weeks, etc.) duration of time, the ISP will not receive funding from donors
If the ISP fails to grant a minimum download and upload speed for more than n (can be days, weeks, etc.) duration of time, the solution will change to a new ISP , which is than responsible for providing internet to the district
Reports should be generated at an ongoing basis re. the connectivity of schools for the district that the ISP is providing connectivity for and donors are providing funding for

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