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Leave Computers to the Market Economy

Apr 23, 2007, 21:00 (14 Talkback[s])
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"The very worst idea in international development circles is the One Laptop Per Child scheme being fronted by academic Nicholas Negroponte. The idea is that developing country budgets and development aid will be spent buying computers for up to two billion children in the developing world. The organisers want these computers to cost $100 each (although they haven't actually been able to meet that target price) and be ordered in minimum quantities of 1m units. They will be handed out without charge..."

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