Cheap computers for the poor

When computer industry executives heard about a plan to build a $100 laptop for children in the developing world, they generally ridiculed the idea. How could you build such a computer, they asked, when screens alone cost about $100? That advance and others have allowed the project, One Laptop Per Child, to win over many skeptics in the past two and a half years. The cost is now closer to $150, but five countries - Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria and Thailand - have signed on to put the computers into the hands of millions of students, with production expected to begin by mid-2007.

Read the full story by John Markoff (published in The Internatonal Herald Tribune).


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