Raspberry Pi founder wants to close digital divide

Mar 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Trend

The Raspberry Pi personal computer project began 6 years ago at the University of Cambridge in the UK out of a study conducted by Cambridge to discover why incoming students had ever declining programming skills.  The study showed that many of the students had no regular access to computers prior to enrolling, a problem that seems to be increasing in families below the poverty level in developed countries.  The availability of a fully functioning, low-cost computing system could rapidly close the gap as long as students had the ability to learn how to use them.  This interview with foundation executive director Eben Upton, PhD, Computer Sciences at Cambridge, outlines the beginning of the program and where the foundation hopes to go with the technology.

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