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  • Blog Post: Look! Windows on the OLPC XO!

    Today Microsoft and the OLPC are announcing support for Windows on the OLPC XO computer. The two organizations will work together on several pilot programs in emerging market countries starting next month, and the offering will RTM in August or September. Initially it will only be available in emerging...
  • Blog Post: OLPC in the News (Part 2)

    Well, I will be flying out to Cambridge next week for my first meeting with some of the people at the OLPC , and I have to say I am looking forward to it. Some of my UPG co-workers from Microsoft have been meeting with the OLPC team for about a year now, but since I am a relative newcomer to our group...
  • Blog Post: Snowing in Moscow

    A group of us are in Central and Eastern Europe this week, starting with two days in Moscow. It's snowing. The highlight of our day yesterday was the official opening of an IDEA Center, a community-based computer center targeting unemployed, seniors, and people with disabilities. IDEA stands for "Information...
  • Blog Post: The Delightful People from Aga Khan

    I had the opportunity to participate in a signing ceremony today between Microsoft and the Aga Khan Development Network , a group of agencies administering a broad set of programs in education, health, and social development. Shown here is a photo of Iqbal Noor Ali from Aga Khan along with my UPG colleague...
  • Blog Post: ICT4D Explained

    ICT4D, or "Information and Communication Technologies for Development" is the name for the multidisciplinary academic approach involving the application of high tech to address international development problems. Kentaro Toyama - who leads Microsoft Research's Technology for Emerging Markets...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Stories

    Yesterday I attended AMD's 50x15 partner summit in Sunnyvale, California. 50x15 is AMD's equivalent to Microsoft's Unlimited Potential, with the idea that 50% of the world's population can achieve access to the Internet and computers by the year 2015. In attendance were representatives from technology...
  • Blog Post: Buchalost

    October 17, 2007 I began the morning in Bucharest today by going for a run and getting terribly and completely lost. I mean 45 minutes of " Do you speak English -- do you know where the Howard Johnson's Hotel is? " lost. The team ended the day having to cross a highway and  walk along...
  • Blog Post: Will the Digital Divide Widen Before it Narrows?

    October 19, 2007 I had a scary thought in Budapest today. What if the digital divide widens before it narrows? The thought occurred to me on Day 2 of our launch event here. I was attending a meeting of an informal group working on a program called "EUGA", or "EU Grants Advisor." This...
  • Blog Post: "The Bottom Billion"

    I just had a chance to read "The Bottom Billion",  a book by by Oxford University economist Paul Collier. He used to work for the World Bank and for the British Government and has created a model for why poor countries remain poor and then describes steps on what "Top of the Pyramid"...
  • Blog Post: Fundacion Omar Dengo

    Tuesday, October 2nd. While I was in Costa Rica I had the opportunity to visit with Eduardo Monge and Clotilde Fonseca at the Fundacion Omar Dengo , an NGO focused on discovering new ways to use technology to improve education. They've been doing this for 20 years and have built up quite a legacy and...
  • Blog Post: UPG Launch in Budapest

    October 18, 2007 We held our big press event in Budapest on Thursday and Friday this week. With most Microsoft events, we try to hold on to some important piece of "news" that we unveil at the show in order to make it easier for journalists to write a story. In this case we did indeed have...
  • Blog Post: Paul Polak and the Art of Listening

    Paul Polak is a hero of mine. He created a nonprofit organization called International Development Enterprises (IDE) and spent 25 years there developing creative ways to make poor people in Asia and Africa less poor. His specialty is developing sustainable tools that rural farmers earning $2/day actually...
  • Blog Post: More from Omar Dengo

    In an earlier post , I talked about a visit I made to the Fundacion Omar Dengo, an NGO in Costa Rica. Eduardo Monge was kind enough to send me some more information. Below is a photo of their new facility in San Jose along with a photo of their resident artist posing next to one of his creations. The...