At the Hewlett meeting, Allen Hammond made a convincing argument that mobiles are much more readily available for learning in the developing world than computers are. He did not talk about the extra, new or different affordances that mobile devices provide, which I find at least as relevant a reason to consider them as an alternative platform.
After a question from the floor, Allen explained his reservations about approaches that require perpetual subsidies. Challenged about why he works with Hewlett then, he stated that
“Foundations like Hewlett are the venture capitalists of civil society”
I’m going to use that quote myself, I think…