18 Facts About OLPC


The OLPC project is critically reviewed in a 2019 MIT Press book titled The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child.

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OLPC program has its roots in the pedagogy of Seymour Papert, an approach known as constructionism, which espoused providing computers for children at early ages to enable full digital literacy.

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OLPC brought a mock-up and was described as prowling the halls and corridors of Davos to whip up support.

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UNDP released a statement saying they would work with OLPC to deliver "technology and resources to targeted schools in the least developed countries".

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Advertisements for OLPC began streaming on the video streaming website Hulu and others in 2008.

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OLPC's added that clean water and schools were more important.

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OLPC project has been criticized for allegedly adopting a "one-shot" deployment approach with little or no technical support or teacher training, and for neglecting pilot programs and formal assessment of outcomes in favor of quick deployment.

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At CES 2012, OLPC showcased the XO-3 model, which featured a touchscreen and a modified form of SugarLabs "Sugar".

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De Raadt later clarified that he finds an issue with OLPC having proprietary firmware files that are not allowed to be independently re-distributed by third-party operating systems like OpenBSD, as well as receiving no documentation to write the necessary drivers for the operating system.

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Negroponte further said that "OLPC will sell Linux-only and dual-boot, and will not sell Windows-only [XO-1 laptops]".

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In 2005 and prior to the final design of the XO-1 hardware, OLPC received criticism because of concerns over the environmental and health impacts of hazardous materials found in most computers.

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The OLPC asserted that it aimed to use as many environmentally friendly materials as it could; that the laptop and all OLPC-supplied accessories would be fully compliant with the EU's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive ; and that the laptop would use an order of magnitude less power than the typical consumer netbooks available as of 2007 thus minimizing the environmental burden of power generation.

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OLPC later worked directly with program sponsors from the public and private sectors to implement its educational program in entire schools and communities.

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OLPC initially stated that no consumer version of the XO laptop was planned.

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Originally, OLPC announced the United States would not be part of the first-year effort.

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OLPC responded by claiming that they had not sold any multi-lingual keyboards in the design claimed by Lancor, and that Lancor had misrepresented and concealed material facts before the court.

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OLPC appealed the Court's decision, the Appeal is still pending in the Nigerian Federal Court of Appeals.

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In March 2008, OLPC filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts to stop LANCOR from suing it in the United States.

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