Meet the Palestinian tech entrepreneurs!
What is it about?
The Silicon Valley model of Tech entrepreneurship is not universial applicable. By studying Palestinian Tech entrepreneurs working out of Ramallah, West Bank - we demonstrate how denied access to digital global platforms, payment gateways, and legal frameworks produce invisible digital barriers. Tech entrepreneurs in the US have fundamental infrastructures which allow them to be successful. However these are not accessible for all - and we need different models for different contexts.
Why is it important?
The Silicon Valley model is celebrated and used as a template for tech entrepreneurship all around the world. Its assume as a golden standard. However it fails when being implemented in geographical context where certain infrastructures are not present - such as in occupied Palestine. We need to provide visibility for the Palestinian Tech entrepreneurs if we are to allow them the opportunity to succeed. Tech innovation is seen one of the only ways to build the Palestinian economy under the current political circumstances. Global tech companies have an opportunity help this process. It is not a big technical issue, but simply to find designs that allow Palestinian tech entrepreneurs' visibility and access to the global digital platforms such as Google Maps and the iOS AppStore. If successful, the global tech platforms would be levelling the field and provide fundamental infrastructures for all, which we, in the global North, take for granted.
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