ECONOMY

State supports software for $100 computer

The Special Secretariat for the Information Society has put under its auspices the initiative of a group of volunteer scientists to translate into Greek the software applications of the so-called $100 computer, proposed by Greek-American Nicholas Negroponte. Negroponte, founder of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and head of the non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child, aims to create a portable computer so cheap that most children in the world can afford access to it. He said previously that the Greek state did not seem very interested in his project. Those behind the initiative are looking for teachers to assist in designing applications for pupils and for laboratories to test the software.