Photo of $150 prototype laptop for the developing world.
It’s worth loking at the article in the New York Times (30 November 2006) by John Markoff updating on progress with the project One laptop per child in the developing world. Devised by Nicholas Negroponte of MIT, the scheme has tentative support from 5 countries – Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria and Thailand – and could be set to supply, through a Taiwanese production company, $150 laptops to millions of young people.

Provided it gets backing from the Governments concerned and there is support for teachers in how the laptops can best be deployed, there’s room for optimism here, despite the scepticism of some. Suchit Dash has some interesting comments on the programme on his Thoughts on Technology blog.