If the digital revolution is about "placing power and opportunity into the hands of individuals," as Kurt Steinhaus, president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), told NECC attendees before Thursday morning's keynote, then former MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte is a modern-day Sam Adams.

Negroponte--founder of the One Laptop Per Child initiative and chief architect of the $100 laptop--brought conference-goers to their feet by describing his efforts to give kids in developing nations a low-cost computer they can take home with them.

Negroponte's goal is no less than the elimination of global...

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