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A number of articles published elsewhere on the Internet have begun to explore aspects of this:
From the latter article:
- "One Laptop Per Child has been a textbook example both of the worst kind of development . . . and the most egregious kind of technotopianism . . ."
- "One Laptop Per Child Foundation: The Competitive NonProfit" By Gordon Zhu (pdf)
Discusses how the OLPC project has affected both profit and non-profit efforts to get laptops into the hands of children worldwide.
Elements identified include:
- Focus, Readability Existing infrastructure
- Not all learning can be done with an OLPC, Lack of content
- Keyboards, Scalability, Ergonomics
- Wrong Problem
- The Community of Learning vs. The Cult of the North American Individual
Of these, half relate to the sociology of the OLPC rather than the technology.
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