There is an effort to ensure that cheap computer notebooks (sub $100) are available for children in developing countries. I recently read an interesting take on that project in a PC World blog
I have to agree in principle with Mr. Albro's post. This really smacks of a "Peace Corp" type operation where water wells were dug for nomadic people allowing them to stay in one spot. But the effort was never made in teaching the nomads how to transition to a settlement lifestyle: how to maintain wells, sanitation, farming, and government.
Now kids will have computers that cannot connect to the internet since they probably don't have any. Where is the infrastructure to support this effort? Did the bleeding hearts just create expensive doorstops? Or will these find their way into the hands of terrorists to be used for a "dual use
I have visions of crates of these things sitting on docks with no intent of the local government to distribute them to the needy, but instead to sell them on the black market to fund their new mansion or arm up their death squads.