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Free Software Magazine: Thoughts on the "One Laptop Per Child" Project

Jan 03, 2006, 04:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"Sometimes first impressions are totally wrong. Other times, they turn out to be right--usually by complete coincidence. My first impression of the '$100 Laptop' idea developed and promoted by Nicholas Negroponte and colleagues at the MIT Media Lab is that it's brilliant. Since then, I've heard a lot of criticism, and I think some of it is justified. In the end though, I still think it's brilliant. Maybe it isn't the best plan imaginable and maybe the agents making it happen aren't doing it 'all for the right reasons,' but in the end, those are trivialities. The Cold War was a stupid reason to go to the Moon, but it was getting there that mattered.

"One of the biggest obstacles preventing computers (and through them, the internet) becoming the 'great levellers' of society is that not everybody has one..."

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