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  •  One Laptop Per Child plans to make that the (0+ / 0-)

    reality for up to a billion children at a time. We are at something over 4 million so far, all over the world, and some governments are building their own low-cost education computers. We provide computers that cost less than printed textbooks, with Free Software and free learning materials known as Open Educational Resources (OERs) under Creative Commons (CC) licenses that allow adaptation, translation, remixing, and sharing the results under the same or better licenses.

    What happens when a billion children at a time are brought up in the culture of sharing represented by Free Software, CC, and OERs, with access to the information riches of the Internet and to each other?

    For a start, we end poverty and its multitude of associated ills. Then we get to tackle the hard problems together.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:07:36 AM PST

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    •  dunno ... sort of disagree (3+ / 0-)
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      Bill Gates, of whom I am not a big fan, once stood up at a big tech conference talking about bringing IT to Africa and said "They need clean water, medicine and security from armed gangs. Wireless is good but ... "

      The hard ecological problems come along with poverty and consumption driven corporate capitalism etc ... I think they can only be solved together. While I applaud free software and laptops the structural political and cultural problems are pretty deep. Steps in the right direction, for sure, and maybe towards a network tipping point, but too amorphous for near term assessment. Meaning I think that (legally) seizing control of the United States government - through the ballot of course - is far and away the most important thing anyone in these threads can focus on.

      If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

      by jgnyc on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:21:47 AM PST

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      •  It is true that many children need safety (2+ / 0-)
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        and the basic necessities before they can get down to educating themselves to get out of poverty and start creating a functioning civil society in their countries.

        So we need both the immediate lifesaving needs fulfilled in certain countries, and we need the long-term strategy worldwide.

        The quickest way to get started on this for all of the nations of the Earth is for us to elect better and more Democrats and shift the terms of the debate to reality. Agreed.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:03:11 PM PST

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      •  For once I agree with Gates. (1+ / 0-)
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        My clock must have stopped.

        The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

        by raboof on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:19:38 PM PST

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