Interview: OLPC's Michail Bletsas Part 1 [of 2]
When Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative was first announced, the project was nearly universally lauded by the tech press. OLPC was born with a truly noble intention: to put laptops in the hands of children in developing nations who previously had no access to such technologies, the 21st-century equivalent of the "Give a man a fish..." adage.
OLPC made its flagship notebook, the XO, available via its Give One Get One program. This initiative proved fairly successful, with some 80,000 machines set to be deployed to developing nations.
Now that the program is a reality, however, critics have become more vocal about what they perceive as shortcomings in the program, a matter compounded by recent events such as Intel's departure from the project, the defection of CTO Mary Lou Jepsen, and the end of the Give One, Get One program.
We caught up with OLPC's Chief Connectivity Officer, Michail Bletsas, to speak about these issues and the future of One Laptop Per Child.