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Laptops, not mobile phones, are the means to liberate the developing world

Cory Doctorow, in this piece for the Guardian, defends the goals of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and counters the detractors who insist the mobile phones are the way to go.

"By contrast, an open laptop with mesh networking is designed to be locally customised, to have its lessons broadcast to others who can use them, and to avoid centralised control and vulnerability to bad weather and bad governments. It is designed to be nearly free from operating costs, so that once the initial investment is made, all subsequent use is free, encouraging experimentation and play, from which all manner of innovations may spring."

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