Negroponte’s ivory towers crumble: The OLPC’s travails

Not long ago, OLPC undertook a drastic internal restructuring coupled with what, despite official claims to the contrary, is a radical change in its goals and vision from those that were shared with me when I was invited to join the project.

so writes Ivan Krstić, who resigned as the director of security architecture for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project recently.

As this Ars Technica article on the issue points out, the XO laptop has been plagued with a litany of issues, from its rising cost of production to the many ways in which is has simply NOT sold according to early hype and expectation. The articles ends by saying that “At this stage, it seems unlikely that OLPC will be able to fulfill all of its ambitious goals.

That’s putting it lightly.

Also read my other articles exploring the potential and pitfalls of the OLPC:
Porn on the “$100″ PC
ICT4Peace, OLPC and Technology for Social Change – A conversation with Paul Currion
To be or not to be – The $100 laptop
From the Sinclair ZX81 to OLPC’s Sugar

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