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Low-Cost Laptops for Kids in Need

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 5 April 2005



Low-Cost Laptops for Kids in Need
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateTuesday 5 April 2005 07:14 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,67115,00.html?tw ... 
CategoriesChildren; Information Technology; Technology
PeopleNicholas Negroponte 
CountryUnited States

Following on from my blog from yesterday on empowering children, I came across this news story about how children were being equipped with notebook computers from a foundation run by MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte and his wife Elaine.
The mission: to make laptops as ubiquitous as cell phones in technology-deprived regions. Negroponte's pitch: The cost of a laptop comes in far lower than a child's textbook expenses for the computer's lifespan.

"It's a way of having the children be the agents of change," Negroponte told The Associated Press. "They bring the device home, and then the parents look over their shoulder." He thinks it's extremely important that individual children own laptops; it will ensure they'll be well-maintained.
I love children and anything we can do to help them make their way in the world - especially the developing world - the better.

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