(via David Weinberger) Libya has become the fourth country to make a sizeable order of the $100 laptop to the tune of $250 million. Interesting vision here:
It is possible that Libya will be the first nation in the world to connect all of its children to the Web via computers provided by schools, Negroponte said, according to the Times. In addition to the 1.2 million laptops Libya will receive, its $250 million buys it a server for each school, a crew to get the systems up and running, satellite Web service and additional hardware, the Times reports.
Two observations: First, I love David‘s take on what this means:
1. OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) has more revenue to do good things with.
2. A generation of Libyan kids maybe will become computer literate.
3. A computer literate, networked generation will further integrate Libya into the life of nations, AKA peace
4. We have 1.2 million more potential Linux hackers.
5. Since Wikipedia comes loaded on the laptops, now we see what happens when 1.2 million Libyan kids decide to spend the afternoon editing.
Second, I would ask what does it say about our commitment to our children in this country if we are not the first to connect all of its children to the Internet? I’m serious. It is, I think, a moral imperative at this point, yet no one I have heard of has even squeaked about it as a campaign issue.