One Laptop Per Child Project Discusses Human Powered Generator

Tech review has an article that features the human powered generator that will accompany the $100 laptop. The new generators, which will be field-tested beginning this October, abandon the bulky and inefficient hand-crank design featured on an early mock-up of the laptop in favor of a more compact off-laptop design that uses a pull string… Continue reading One Laptop Per Child Project Discusses Human Powered Generator

AT&T and Tech Philanthropy

Earlier today, AT&T announced that it would partner with MetroFi to provide free municipal wifi internet access. AT&T also announced that it will kick off a tech philanthropy campaign. AT&T has launched a three-year, $100 million program, called AT&T Access All, that aims to provide technology packages–including a new computer, printer and Internet access–to 50,000… Continue reading AT&T and Tech Philanthropy

Banish The Digital Divide!

That’s what YellowSheepRiver wants to do. They are all about selling low cost linux-based computers, according to this Wired story: YellowSheepRiver Municator is selling a new Linux-based desktop for about $150. Like Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop per Child project, makers of the Municator say they want to banish the digital divide. The article compares the… Continue reading Banish The Digital Divide!

“Nearly all homeless people have e-mail addresses”

This Wired article discusses how computers and the internet are changing the lives of homeless people. While people living in shelters and alleys have found it difficult to cross social divides, the digital divide seems to disappear on the streets. Nearly all homeless people have e-mail addresses, according to Michael Stoops, director of the National… Continue reading “Nearly all homeless people have e-mail addresses”

Muni Wifi In New York City

I spent an evening last week helping NYCWireless install wifi in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The process involved running a Covad DSL line from the basement of Smack Mellon, a nonprofit art organization, and setting up some additional equipment on the main floor, with antennae pointing out towards the park. So now you can take your… Continue reading Muni Wifi In New York City

Flickr Photoset of $100 Laptop

If you’ve been following the story of Negroponte’s $100 Laptop Project, check out this really cool Flickr photoset of the first working prototypes.

Spitzer Speaks Out About The Digital Divide In The United States

Eliot Spitzer, the New York State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, addressed the Digital Divide issue in the United States during his keynote speech at the the Personal Democracy Forum in New York. Eliot Spitzer outlined a proposal to provide affordable broadband to all citizens of New York. “In the 21st century, Internet access is… Continue reading Spitzer Speaks Out About The Digital Divide In The United States