U.K. government subsidizes Linux PCs for the poor and unwired

The British government and “UK Digital Champion” Martha Lane Fox have launched a pilot scheme to help citizens who do not have access to the Internet buy their own refurbished Linux-based PC for 98 Pounds (about $156). Run by a firm called Remploy, the trial is part of the government’s Race Online 2012 program to get all U.K. citizens online.

Reemploy, which bills itself as the U.K.’s leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled people, says the so-called ‘E-cycle’ project is funded largely by the British government via its “Race Online 2012” and “Networked Nation” initiatives, spearheaded by government-appointed “UK Digital Champion” Martha Lane Fox.

Race Online 2012 aims to get the 9.2 million adults in the UK who are currently offline hooked up with Internet connections. About four million members of this group are socially and economically disadvantaged, says the company.

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