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Raspberry Pi to narrow Digital Divide?

Mar 16th, 2012 | By

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director 

The effort to close Digital Divide — the separation between those who can and can’t afford access to the Internet — has been a point of frustration for government and social activists for more than a decade. However, the rousing success of the Raspberry Pi computer launch on Leap Day could significantly close the Divide with the right price point and distribution strategy and punch a hole in commercial efforts to derail low-cost computing.

The United Nations established the World Information Society Day (May 17) for the first time in 2001 and since then there …



Raspberry Pi founder wants to close digital divide

Mar 14th, 2012 | By

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 …