Right now, the estimated 550 million North American and European Internet users dominate the online world. The 96 million Latin American, 33 million African, and 19 million Middle Eastern Internet users? All together, they are only 13% of the global world wide web adventurers. As Web 2.0 participants, they are most likely even less a percentage, removed by language and culture from the hyper-participatory "developed" world antics.
Now image the African, South American, and Middle Eastern numbers doubling, tripling, quadrupling over the next year as millions of students come online via the Children's Machine XO due to One Laptop Per Child's efforts.
With 5-10 million laptops set to be distributed in the next 12-18 months (the single largest computer monoculture ever shipped), children in the developing world will be consuming and producing educational content on a grand scale.
What will the Internet look like? What should it look like? How will OLPC impact web design, content generation, information consumption, the entire "average user experience" online? Sugar is just the beginning of the revolution.
I wonder these questions on a daily basis and you read some of it here. But how can one once-a-day blog really capture the full dynamic of the OLPC influence? It takes more that writers, contributors, and commenters. It takes a whole community of concerned collaborators - just what will be at the Washington DC headquarters of The Motley Fool (map) | (metro) Thursday night.
There, I will be speaking about OLPC XO: The Design Environment for 10 Million New Web Users at Refresh DC, a community of new media professionals working together to refresh online trades in Washington, DC. If you are in the Metro DC area, do stop by. The party starts at 6ish, I start yapping at 7pm, and this should be one lively discussion!