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Balancing Design: OLPC Engineers and ICT Translations at the Periphery

Anita Say Chan

in Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027458
eISBN:
9780262325509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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 ... More


Translating Magic: The Charisma of One Laptop per Child’s XO Laptop in Paraguay

Morgan G. Ames

in Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027458
eISBN:
9780262325509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Ames describes the appeal of the XO laptop, created by the One Laptop per Child program, in Paraguay in terms of the concept of the charismatic object, which exerts power not because of what it is ... More


Introduction

Harold Salzman and Stephen R. Rosenthal

in Software by Design: Shaping Technology and the Workplace

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195083408
eISBN:
9780197560471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195083408.003.0002
Subject:
Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction

The concept of social values shaping technology design seems oddly out-of-place to many. Isn’t the design of technology the province of engineers? Aren’t values and technology and other social ... More


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