BBC NEWS | Technology | UN debut for $100 laptop for poor

Interesting story out of the UN. W’ve discovered a $100 laptop for the poor. I want to avoid cynicism, and so I’ll say this: What other things might we be able to produce more cheaply than we do now that will bring even more benefit to the world’s poor than a laptop with all its bells and whistles? Food supplies? Human care? Practical education?

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  1. Pip said,

    November 22, 2005 @ 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the post, Keener.

    Another, less popular because it is less immediately gratifying, option is to stop contributing money to “international welfare” organizations like the UN and avoid the bureacratic waste (to say nothing of the scandals) and allow our own country to improve its own economy, and in turn offer global opportunity to the disadvantaged. It’s a seemingly much slower process, but slower amelioration is perferable to quicker waste.

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