Social Entrepreneur Focus: Negroponte and his $100 laptop

Nicholas Negroponte is the founder of MIT’s Media Lab and a professor at MIT. Link to his bio.

He helped to establish the 2B1 Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing online access and personal computing to children in remote areas of the world.

My goal is to specifically highlight his “One Laptop per Child” non-profit organization, which wants to distribute a $100 laptop so that every child in the world has access to the power of and knowledge of the internet.

The idea is pretty simple. As more and more stuff moves online, the digital divide will grow bigger and bigger. Those without computers will be left in the dark and with how fast the internet is growing, if we don’t close the gap soon, it will get harder to address. Thats why this laptop project and free/muni wifi initiatives have tremendous social value.

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