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January 2006

SLN January 2006 Cover ImageToday the American Memory, Tomorrow the World
Cover Story by Tom Peters
"In addition to its more overt plans to 'organize the world's information'...Google seems to be expanding its mission via other organizations: enter a stealthy dontation for the proposed World Digital Library (WDL) project. On November 22, 2005, the Library of Congress announced it had received a three-million USD gift from Google to undertake some prelmininary work on a proposed World Digital Library, a project—when implemented—will offer digitized copies of primary resources from around the world.... The WDL will be modeled on the American Memory Project, which began back in 1994 and has grown to include ten million digital versions of primary materials."

Also by Tom Peters... The Digital Divide and the $100 Laptop (Crank Included)
"Last November in Tunis, Tunisia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Nicholas Negroponte, from MIT's Media Lab and Wired magazine, demonstrated a working prototype of the one-hundred-dollar laptop. ...[T]his project was designed primarily for children in the developing world. Annan's and Negroponte's demo featured a rugged-ized laptop that generates power from a hand crank.... Even without a profit margin worked into the equation and high sales volumes, one must wonder how this initiative was able to achieve the target $110 production cost."

And in The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding
Long-Standing Geac to Be Absorbed by San Fran Firm
The Raw Power of SUSHI