The Digital Divide: A tribute to Aleph Molinari

An alternative to ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD

One of the "runners up" in my list of ITDE pioneers who deserve to be placed in the Hall of Fame, I encountered the following innovator.

His name is Aleph Molinari, who created a non profit organization in Mexico to fund an alternative to the one laptop per child initiative.

The key difference in Molinari's group:  community support, not individual computer ownership.   

I want to create a category called "Future Hall of Famers"    or "People to Watch in 2020"

Here are some photos and a profile that I found on

More effective than One Laptop Per Child

The Digital divide... 
an immigrant who doesn't know he can call his family for free

a 45-year-old mother who can't get a job because she doesn't work 

70% of the world do not have access to the Internet or have never touched a computer

President of the Fundación Proacceso ECO, A.C.
Aleph Molinari studied Economics and Critical Theory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2006, in conjunction with the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Aleph conducted an in-depth study on the effects of solid residue disposal and urban approaches to Mexico City's periphery. The study formed the conceptual basis of a documentary film on the processes of Mexico City's trash cycle and the lives of trash pickers living in the outskirts of the city.
In 2008 Aleph founded the Fundación Proacceso ECO with the objective of reducing the digital divide and providing access to quality education. After two years of designing the project, the Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje (RIA) or Learning and Innovation Network was inaugurated in 2009 as a network of community centers that provide education with the use of technology. Today, the network has grown to 42 educational centers located in 28 municipalities with a high degree of poverty and lack of infrastructure. The RIA has currently reached more than 115,000 users in less than two years of operating and has graduated more than 28,000 users. By the end of this year the network will be expanded to 70 educational centers and will reach approximately 350,000 users by the end of 2012. Aleph has presented the model of the RIA twice at the Annual Forums of the OECD.