The One Laptop Per Child Program Was Supposed to Revolutionize the Developing World—Then It Imploded

The engineers behind OLPC ignored the concerns of the very people it was meant to benefit

Hope Reese
OneZero

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Photo by Tayler Smith. Prop Styling by Caroline Dorn

InIn 2005, MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte introduced a program he believed would change the world. Called One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the…

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Hope Reese
OneZero

Writer (currently) in Budapest, bylines @NYTimes, @TheAtlantic, @Undarkmag, @VICE, @voxdotcom & more; follow on Twitter @hope_reese; hopereese.com