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The ‘nano’ Computer

The Indian Minister of Human Resource and Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal, released a $35 (Rs. 1500) tablet computer last week. The touch screen device has been designed and developed by experts from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The device was conceived 5 years ago as a response to XO, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation’s laptop, which is currently priced at $199. Is it another feather in the cap of the Indian innovators, who earlier produced a $2,200 car and $16 water purifier?

"In Search of Secure Borders"

Three years ago today the last bill for comprehensive immigration reform died in the Senate, a result of an incredible filibuster. It was fitting, then, that I went to a presentation at the Center for American Progress on the topic of Immigration Reform. The free presentation, conveniently scheduled for lunchtime, was an attempt to discuss what has changed in the environment surrounding immigration reform in the intervening years. This was admittedly no small feat, but the CAP assembled a panel that did just that.

Maternal Mortality in the US

How can it be that America, a country known for economic growth and leadership, has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized country? More so, in a country pioneering equal rights and diversity, black babies are twice as likely as white babies to die before reaching their first birthday. 

Girl Em(power)ment: Laurel Touby, Leslie Harris and Sheila Krumholz Speak with Changemakers about Women, Tools and Technology

In case you missed the Twitterview podcasts with Mediabistro founder Laurel Touby, Center for Democracy + Technology CEO Leslie Harris and Center for Responsive Politics Executive Director Sheila Krumholz this week, we've got them posted here on for your perusal!

They are all part of the Women | Tools | Technology competition, so make sure to read the entries and cast your vote to decide the winners!

New Data Shows Progress for Maternal Health

The maternal health community has been buzzing this week about a report on maternal health released by the Lancet and featured in the New York Times. The report uses new and improved maternal health data to evidence significant declines in maternal mortality worldwide between 1980 and 2008. Why is this so exciting? One word: progress!

Creating Change: Innovations in the world of disability

The movement’s ultimate gift is that of enabling those it serves to be givers. And that can only mean helping them
become changemakers in a world defined by change.

Kuwaiti Sisters Lulwa & Balsam Al-Ayoub

Ashoka has just elected its first Kuwaiti Fellows: sisters Lulwa and Balsam Al-Ayoub (pictured above with other members of the Kuwaiti Olympic team). Both are professional fencers and use their status to support gender empowerment.