RE: Uplift Projects (Was: rehabilitation versus punishment ...)

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 11:03:38 MST

> > The primary appeal of the scheme, to me, is the idea of dropping
> > billions of easily concealable ringtop computers onto oppressed
> > countries, as Marc Stiegler proposed in _Earthweb_.
> I can understand that, but I'm a little skeptical about it. Most of the
> people in the most urgent need of help can't read, let alone use a
> computer - and they don't speak English, Japanese or any European language,
> either, so there isn't a lot of content they could use anyway.
> I could see it as a way to destabilize an oppressive government in a
> half-developed country like Malaysia or Pakistan, but I'm not sure it would
> do much to improve the local economy.

The recipients of the machines wouldn't necessarily be the only
beneficiaries of their distribution: just the existence of a large
number of networkable machines in remote parts of the globe would make
things like the Freenet project more robust and government-proof.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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