UN body backs $100 laptop for world’s kids


I recently wrote about Nicholas Negroponte and what he’s trying to do with the $100 dollar laptop initiative.

Well, there is an update about it coming out of the Annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos–

Reuters reports that the UN body is backing the project:

The United Nations has thrown its weight behind a project to place a $100, hand-cranked laptop computer in the hands of millions of schoolchildren around the globe.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will sign a partnership agreement with the head of the project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Nicholas Negroponte, in the Alpine ski resort of Davos on Saturday, officials said.

This is a great win for Negroponte and its wonderful to see projects that aim to close the digital divide gain traction at such an international level.

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