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 Monday, October 01, 2007

Om Malik of GigaOm writes about the popularity of the One Laptop Per Child project among kids and the problem of internet connectivity and infrastructure in the emerging economies. He sites the success and impact of the OLPC project on children in Brazil as expressed by the Brazilian Culture Minister Gilberto Gil on his speech at the Emerging Technologies (EmTech) Conference at MIT. However, the nation is not yet ready to pick up on this demand because of the lack of network infrastructure in the country. "We canít just distribute computers. We have to build a backbone. Just making the technology accessible is not enough. Technology leads to language, to spiritual dimensions. Itís the whole process that matters. Itís not just one item, computers are not enough," says Gil.

However, John Roese, chief technology office of Nortel (NT), wrote on his blog about OLPC and the concept of hyperconnectivity saying that "while OLPC is not a Nortel product, it is a tool to stimulate the R&D teams to consider new communication models of hyper connectivity, new programming models and new collaboration methods. It also represents a new type of client, as well as new economic and networking models that are possibly a reflection of the future nature of broadband networking."

Read the full article here.