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Yes, One Mouse Per Child is a silly gimmick. Why no mention of a genuine campaign to bring education to all of Africa and everywhere else? What is this nonsense? "That said, it also undeniable that improvements in connectivity are not coming fast enough, or at a high enough speed or quality, or cheaply enough, for all citizens and schools, especially outside major population centers -- and won't any time in the near future." I deny it absolutely. First, how fast is "fast enough"? How long did it take to get railroads across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa? Telegraph? Telephones? Optical fiber is moving much more quickly. Not only are multiple cables being laid all around Africa, but spurs have reached several landlocked countries, and there are plans in motion to connect all the rest. Second, we are talking about broadband to the village. Within some of the newly-connected countries, most notably Rwanda, there are plans to get all cities and towns connected, and discussions about the best combination of technologies to reach all of the villages, with WiMax an important contender. Thirdly, you write as though ICT were an expense rather than an investment. The economic growth from universal broadband, particularly for education, will repay the initial costs and ongoing maintenance many times over. All that is required is the political will to continue to bring the poor out of poverty, rather than to further enrich the already rich. Lastly, advances in technology generally happen about as fast as possible, when they are possible at all. It's no good whinging about how fast it is. Just do what you can to move it along, and to help others to take advantage of it. For example, we know that fiber optic and wireless communication are growing out at great rates. We know that computers now cost less than printed textbooks in all but the poorest countries, those where the textbooks are completely inadequate. So we need to get cracking on free e-learning materials in a hundred or more languages, by engaging the already educated who speak those languages, and not leaving it to foreign "experts". http://www.earthtreasury.org/