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Building a high tech community - Class Notes Extras
December 2010 Issue
Free IT Athens takes donated computers, refurbishes the hard drives, installs the Linux operating system and sells the machines at a reduced rate. Since 2005, when Semmy Purewal (PhD ’07), Michael Luchtan (BS ’01, AB ’01) and Michael Moore (BS ’04, MS ’06) started Free IT Athens, the organization has distributed more than 1,500 computers. The alumni also work with the Clarke County School District to restore old computers and provide software training classes to students and parents at schools and at public housing complexes around Athens. The idea of bringing technology, especially free technology like Linux, to everyone is what drives the organization. But Brian Pitts (MA ’10), who is on the board of directors for Free IT, says making technology accessible takes more than just $25 computers. He envisions an Athens where everyone who wants a computer and Internet access could have it and could get free IT help—ideally from a computer savvy friend. The organization trains people in …
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