UN supports project aimed at providing cheap laptops to students in poor countries
28 January 2006 – A pioneering $100 laptop programme, designed to give children in poor countries access to knowledge and educational tools, came a step closer to realization today with the signing of a partnership agreement in Davos, witzerland, between the main United Nations development agency and the organization responsible for the initiative...
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If you thought iPods were the best invention since sliced bread, well, get over it.
Until Americans start buying those nifty little things, stripping the crappy pop music off of them, and turning them into something that actually supports something other than the Apple shareholders, they are just overpriced Mp3 players.
The rest of the world needs real solutions to ending information poverty, not more trinkets. Ghana needs more telecentres, Ethiopia needs more Internet Cafes, and there are hundreds of millions of children on this planet who are lucky if they ever learn to read.
Entertainment technologies may make life for the Industrialized World more comfortable, but bringing information technologies to the world is a pressing need that will help end poverty, halt the spread of disease, and make the planet a nicer place to live.
The ZenFo Pro gives mad props to MIT Media Lab's $100 Laptop Project. The product was formally unveiled at last year's World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.