In this Q&A, Dr. Martyn Farrows, CEO of SoapBox Labs, and Sean Ryan, President of McGraw Hill School Group, discuss the importance of prioritizing equity in voice-powered literacy tools.
Equity and privacy
We believe that every child, regardless of race or ability, deserves to have positive, safe, and joyful voice-enabled learning experiences that are designed from scratch, with their everyday needs in mind.
That’s why, since 2013, SoapBox has been modeling, building, and testing our voice technology solutions to ensure that we cater to children’s physiological and behavioral needs and language patterns, as well as prioritizing their fundamental right to be understood and to voice data privacy.
Whether a child is completing a voice-enabled reading assessment or talking to their favorite digital character, our award-winning voice engine understands their natural speech — regardless of accent or dialect — and protects their privacy.
We’ve designed and built our speech recognition models to proactively mitigate bias and to understand every child’s voice accurately and equally, regardless of accent, dialect, race, background, or ethnicity.
SoapBox takes kids’ data privacy seriously. Beyond our compliance to regulations such as COPPA and GDPR, we’ve invested in a privacy-by-design approach that protects every child’s fundamental digital privacy rights.
It wasn’t faster or cheaper to build our voice engine for equity and privacy, but it was the right way to build it for kids.Dr. Martyn Farrows
CEO, SoapBox Labs