If you believe that it’s important to bridge the digital divide in the Third World, then this is an incredibly cool idea. Me, I tend to believe that in the Third World food on tables & stable governments are just a bit more important than internet access. Though on the other hand, the Grameen Bank‘s Village Phone Program makes microloans so that people can buy cell phones, and that alone has allowed people to pull themselves up out of poverty. So I have to believe that computers & internet access can do the same, & more. I only hope that the Negropontes have as much of a social conscience as Muhammad Yunus has.
Update: Here’s a link to the Media Lab’s $100 Laptop program site.