Saturday, January 12, 2008

Needy American students will get free laptops

The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) plans to distribute laptops to needy American students this year, PC World reports. OLPC America will be based in Washington DC and will work through the 50 state governments. The non-profit organization formed by MIT professors was originally formed to provide $100 laptops to children in developing countries in an effort to bridge the digital divide. While OLPC's mission earned it worldwide attention and acclaim, it had also come under criticism for not including the US in its plans. OLPC is considering a give one, get one offer in Europe similar to the one it had previously offered in the US and Canada. In a separate turn of events, former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jansen has founded Pixel Qi ( hey, notice the 'qi' as in Techqi :) ) to commercially produce $75 laptops.

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