UN to back Negroponte's $100 laptop

MIT Media Lab chief Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project has won a key backer, as the United Nations Development Program announced that it will support the program, which aims to produce laptops that can be sold for as little as $100 each for sale in the developing world. Although the agreement, announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was vague on details, having access to the UNDP's global resources could be a key factor in getting the computers in the hands of 1 million students and teachers by the end of next year. In a statement, the UN agency said it would work with Negroponte to deliver "technology and resources to targeted schools in the least developed countries."