NewsForge: Assessing the True Cost of One Laptop Per Child
Dec 12, 2006, 00:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)
"While Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project
has garnered a tremendous amount of support worldwide, it has also
become a lightning rod for critics who have questioned the
viability of its long-term success and impact. As the OLPC receives
its first shipment of laptops and continues to formalize agreements
with developing countries, the cost of individual laptops hover at
about $130. Critics, however, suggest that the 'true cost' may be
several times that amount.
"Jon Camfield, a writer for OLPC News and master's degree
candidate in the International Science and Technology Program at
George Washington University, says that once maintenance, training,
Internet connectivity, and other factors are taken into account,
the actual cost of each laptop rises to more than $970..."