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Nicholas Negroponte of OLPC
But no matter your stance, we can all agree that Nicholas Negroponte has helped resurrect technology as a form of international development from its post-dot.com, dot.bomb malaise.
Now the debate is not if information and communication technologies (ICT) can increase the development of poor countries but how. For this, I thank and respect Dr. Negroponte.
Ironically, all the debate about the project's pros and cons has actually done quite a bit to draw attention to the problem, said Song. "It has stimulated the private sector and there is a race to produce low-cost PCs for developing countries," he noted.So listen tonight to our debate on Radio Open Source: One Laptop Per Child? and let us know your opinion on the Children's Machine XO and its role in education via this wonderful blogging forum: OLPC News.
"It's also stimulated the debate about what is the meaning of introducing [personal computers] into the classrooms of developing countries. Is that the best thing you can do? The OLPC has become a lightning rod for these kinds of debates."