India Says No To One Laptop Per Child

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The Times of India (via slashdot) reports that India has rejected the idea of OLPC:

“India must not allow itself to be used for experimentation with children in this area,” the ministry has said.

Indian leaders don’t believe that the ROI of such a project would be as good as other projects they can undertake:

It would be impossible to justify an expenditure of this scale on a debatable scheme when public funds continue to be in inadequate supply for well-established needs listed in different policy documents,” the ministry said.

This isn’t good press for OLPC but India is only one country out of many that face a Digital Divide problem.

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