What's the solution to world poverty? Some might say food aid; others, training and investment. But, for a growing number of international philanthropists, the next big thing for the Third World might just be the same force that's been reshaping the First: technology.
The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project reported Aug. 27 that Brazil is finalizing plans for "all aspects" of its $100 laptop roll-out. Along with Argentina, Nigeria, and Thailand, Brazil had previously indicated interest in purchasing 1 million of the machines for needy children.
At the 2005 World Economic Forum in Switzerland a soft-spoken academic made an announcement that sent seismic waves across the computer industry. Nicholas Negroponte, then director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, spoke of making laptops available at US$100 for schoolchildren in developing nations.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has announced that an ambitious project to provide low-cost laptop computers to all of Thailand's millions of elementary school students will begin in October.
The U.S.-based "One Laptop per Child" project aims to deliver up to 30 computers to Thailand in October and 500 more in November, Thaksin said in a nationwide radio broadcast on Saturday.
I do not believe in the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, a.k.a. the "$100 laptop". I couldn't possibly believe in a "handmill laptop", and I don't believe this is the solution for the 3rd world countries. I very much liked (given the intended audience) the proposed design and some mockups.
Some pretty stunning video of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project's distinctive orange clam-shelled case with a fat antenna sticking up on each side of the color screen came out of the Red Hat Linux meeting in San Francisco on Friday.
Technologists are at odds over how to bridge the digital divide. What one group calls the ultimate solution, another dismisses as "the scam of the century", reports Waleed al-Shobakky.
India may not go in for the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) programme, which aims to deliver laptops priced at $100 (about £54) to school students, according to reports.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative for the developing world is gaining ground in Africa, with Nigeria announcing the acquisition of one million laptops.
The OLPC laptops were initially touted as being priced at $100, but OLPC participants now say the price may fluctuate. In any case, they will be the cheapest ever sold in Africa, and several African countries are going for the idea.
The possibility of every child having a laptop, as a way to bridge the digital divide in developing countries, gained the world’s attention when United Nation Secretary General Kofi Anan and Nicolas Negroponte, former MIT Media Lab director and now chair of the non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), unveiled a working prototype of a $100 laptop during the World Information Summit o
The One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC, plan is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the history of the IT industry, according to Tony Roberts, chief executive and founder of U.K. charity Computer Aid International.
Nicholas Negroponte's '$100 laptop computer' will cost about $135 (about £70) when available to children in developing countries by the middle of next year, the head of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child Project) said on Friday.
Available in fetching orange and yellow, or shades of blue and green, here's the $100 laptop, which was unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting yesterday. Almost immediately, pictures of the machine hit the net.
Puppy Linux still wants to be the Linux operating system that powers the laptop computers in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, distro originator Barry Kauler says in an article published May 13 on the Puppy OS website.
Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the One Laptop Per Child organization to bring inexpensive computers to children around the world, wants a version of Linux that's doesn't require fast new processors or large amounts of memory. Puppy Linux would like to help.
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo announced Tuesday that Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and former head of MIT's Media Lab, will headline its lineup of keynote speakers. LinuxWorld is set for April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Linux software vendor Red Hat Inc. plans to publicly confirm on Tuesday that it has become a founding corporate member of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) board of directors today announced that Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan was chosen as the original design manufacturer (ODM) for the $100 laptop project.
The decision was made after the board reviewed bids from several possible manufacturing companies.