I recently joined and wanted to share some things me and a fellow student are working on.
Me and @teodora are both Computer Science Master students at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
I am following the track Software Engineering & Green IT and Teodora is following the track Parallel computing.
For our master project, we were brainstorming together with our supervisor for potential research topics. Then we came up with the idea to do 2 master projects on Solid, as there was a call for more ideas and use cases and we are very interested in the project. Specifically, (since our supervisor is specialized in the research area of ICT for Development) we want to do research on the possibilities of Solid in low-resource environments like in Third-world countries.
The protocol documentation of Solid also states that the Ethical Web Principles are used for orientation, which we will try to support even further. The Global South is often forgotten and doesn’t have most resources and support to make use of new ideas created in first world countries and therefore the gap in between seems to increase by that.
The goal of this research is to include the Global South by researching how Solid can be taken advantage of there. This is done by coming up with new ideas and possibilities, possible barriers, designing a proof-of-concept, creating of a Solid app and deployment in a real world environment. In African countries like Nigeria and Burkina Faso, most people use mobile phones so adapting to these technologies will become a challenge.
One example project our supervisor is working on, is a project in Mali to connect farmers to potential buyers of their seeds. These countries are less up-to-date about data laws etc, and this data can be misused by others because it is personal data. Using Solid might provide a solution to this problem. But this is just one example to give some more food for thought.
It would be nice to start a general thread here with possible ideas, feedback or thoughts about this project. All comments, both negative and positive, are welcome!
Thanks for reading.