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One Laptop per Child

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is an education project that aims to bridge the digital divide by providing computers to children in developing countries as a way of empowering them and countering the effects of poverty. The OLPC project was conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a nonprofit organization in 2005 and has been supported by large companies and governments. This entry discusses the origin of the project, its implementation, its social consequences, and criticism of the project.

Origin and Implementation of OLPC

In developing the OLPC project, founder Nicholas Negroponte, an architect, computer scientist, and investor, combined his vision of a total digitalization of human life with the goal of providing quality educational opportunities to children in poor and remote areas. Negroponte conceived of ...

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