From the "simple is beautiful" file comes Answer Box. It’s not a new idea–I remember someone talking about this sort of device when Web 1.0 first took off. In fact, 25 years ago, I remember someone interested in computing (such as it was) and local government, musing about something like this.
However, it’s exactly the sort of simple solution that, strangely, needs someone to champion to make it happen. Even if you’re not particularly interested in delivering information to towns and villages in India, Question Box looks like the sort of straightforward solution from which we could all learn something.