One Laptop Per Child: Still Alive But Not Kicking as Hard

One Laptop Per Child: Still Alive But Not Kicking as Hard

RUMORS OF OLPC'S DEATH may have been greatly exaggerated. The Twitterverse was momentarily abuzz after OLPCNews, a blog unaffiliated with Nicholas Negroponte's ambitious project, published a post grimly titled "Goodbye One Laptop per Child." While it referred only to the closure of the Boston office, the author wrote: "The great excitement, energy, and enthusiasm that brought us together is gone. OLPC is dead."

Negroponte confirmed to Wired.co.uk that "OLPC is neither closed nor dead." The official word from the organization says it is still delivering laptops and tablets to places like Costa Rica and Uruguay, and will be selling them at retail outlets. In response to murmurs that it's scaling back operations, OLPC says:

OLPC also has outsourced many of the software and development units because the organization is becoming more hardware and OS agnostic, concentrating on its core values – education. As an example, we've partnered with the Smithsonian Museum to bring feature-rich, interactive and more targeted content to our young learners...

We have more exciting things planned in the horizon including the implementation of very large scale projects in several regions of the world, so be sure to stay tuned.

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