VoiKiosk, a voice-based kiosk solution, is accessible by phone and thus suitable for deployment in rural, non-literate populations. The system requires a centralized server that stores voice content. Any user can access this server via a phone and leave their own voicebased advertisement. Users can dial-in to hear content in different categories. The centralized content repository is monitored and can be modified by the kiosk operator.
This model of a peer-to-peer phone based community radio service, by its very nature of being totally decentralized, aims to avoid the problems of centralized content creation or filtering. Any community member is equally equipped to air their content on the radio service, without a central authority choosing or filtering the content.
It requires a central server that is administered by a central authority, the kiosk operator, who has the power to modify any content. In contrast, one of the essential elements of our design is to ensure a totally decentralized system with no hierarchies. Secondly, the VoiKiosk relies on an existing telephone network, which automatically excludes remote regions which are off “the grid” and are expected to remain unconnected for the near future.