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Beyond Imported MagicEssays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America$
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Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027458

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001

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Balancing Design: OLPC Engineers and ICT Translations at the Periphery

Balancing Design: OLPC Engineers and ICT Translations at the Periphery

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(p.181) 9 Balancing Design: OLPC Engineers and ICT Translations at the Periphery
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Beyond Imported Magic
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Anita Say Chan

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.003.0009

Chan studies the design, use, and meaning of the XO laptops created by the United States-based One Laptop per Child program for deployment in developing and rural zones. Attending to the lessons that emerged from local deployments of the XO laptops in the Peruvian Andes, Chan traces the shifting perspectives in design of a programmer affiliated with the program in the US and an engineer working on classroom deployments of the laptops in Puno, Peru. Chan delineates two models for designing digital education initiatives—an engineering-centric vision that minimizes engagement with local users and contexts and prioritizes technological design, and a participative model that anticipates input from multiple members of local communities, from rural teachers to indigenous language activists and local free software activists—and argues that the adoption of new technologies necessarily depends on processes of local translation and interdisciplinary collaboration that can open new technological possibilities.

Keywords:   Technology design, OLPC, digital education, participative engineering, free software, indigenous communities, rural teachers, collaboration, local translation, Peru

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