When it was first introduced, the $100 laptop appeared to be a great idea. The project, called One Laptop Per Child was designed by the U.S. government and would help to give developing nations a way to leap over technological barriers in order to become active members of the digital age. One of the most important elements of the project was to create the cheapest laptop possible. The result was a little machine that can do just a sliver of what most of our machines can do at home. For many, however, it’s enough.
Although the laptop can be for anyone, it’s primarily designed for children. There’d be no reason to educate the adults or the elderly. The U.S. government wants to get the children online because they’re the ones who will be running their countries in the future. That was an important element to the project. And so far, it appears to be something of a success. The governments of China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, and Thailand have expressed their interest in the $100 laptop.
However, what’s troubling most people is exactly how the government can be sure whether or not these laptops are getting into the right hands. For instance, Nigeria, which has placed the first order for 1 million of the laptops, is a country of corruption. How can the U.S. government be sure that the 1 million laptops will be getting into the hands of those who need them? Criminals would love to get their hands on a $100 laptop. Are we putting bad people online?
Source: The Linux Extremist