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Nigerian children get caught up on the Internets with porn

One of the aims of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project is to give the underprivileged new opportunities and experiences they otherwise wouldn’t have. Interestingly enough, some school children are using their laptops to browse pornographic Internet sites.

According to a Reuters report, a reporter at the official News Agency of Nigeria discovered pornographic images on the donated laptops from a U.S. aid organization. It is unclear whether or not school children were actually caught in the act of browsing such websites.

"Efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials," reported the News Agency of Nigeria.

Perhaps in response to the discovery of the OLPC’s side features, a representative for the laptop project said that the computers will now be fitted with filtering software.

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RE: Well
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 8:50:47 AM , Rating: 3
It would be nice if adult materials had their own top-level domain (extension), however, this approach has two major problems:

1. Who gets to decide what is adult content and what isn't? The line is entirely subjective.

2. How do you force existing sites globally to give up their <something-nasty>.com domain names to switch to some other web URL?

These two problems make it unlikely we'll ever see a simple filtering solution like that.

RE: Well
By zombiexl on 7/23/2007 8:55:22 AM , Rating: 2
Many legit adult site's were behind the xxx TLD.

The problem I still see is what if there is a <somethingnasty>.com and <somethingnasty>.net owned by 2 different companies?

RE: Well
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 9:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
Many legit adult site's were behind the xxx TLD.

I'm not sure what "many" means, 10%, 40%, 80%? But the plan would only be successful if all sites voluntarily agree to a transition and/or there was some way to legally compel them to change. But neither of those conditions are true.

RE: Well
By zombiexl on 7/23/2007 9:43:01 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know the exact numbers, but some is better than none.

Most legit sites realize that they could stop a bunch of the crap they have to deal with if it were easier to block their sites.

RE: Well
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 11:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know the exact numbers, but some is better than none.

No, it has to be "nearly all" in order to be an effective filtering mechanism. If only some sites are using a certain TLD, then it is not at all effective as a filtering mechanism.

RE: Well
By masher2 on 7/23/2007 12:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
> "No, it has to be "nearly all" in order to be an effective filtering mechanism."

If only 30% of all adult sites move behind this domain, it would mean a 30% reduction in the chance of a child stumbling across such a site by accident. That seems a rather worthwhile improvement. Since when is a filter useless if its less than 100% effective?

RE: Well
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 12:57:51 PM , Rating: 3
If you add a new adult-content TLD, then clearly that new space is easy for existing filters to block. But it doesn't change at all the problem of blocking existing TLDs - that problem stays the same as today. The net effect is that you opened a new namespace for adult web sites, but you still have the complexity of today's filtering/blocking systems.

If after such a change, a sizeable fraction of adult content moves from existing URLs to the new adult TLD, then this will be an improvement in the way you state. But what I think is more likely is that the pie will expand - in other words, millions of new sites with the new TLD will suddently appear, and the existing sites will continue to operate. After all, what incentive do existing adult site operators have to shut down sites using their existing URLs? They would most likely keep existing URLs in addition to securing additional new URLs in the new TLD. Net effect for filtering: minimal.

RE: Well
By masher2 on 7/23/2007 2:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
> " But what I think is more likely is that the pie will expand."

Quite likely, I agree. I concede the point.

RE: Well
By AmbroseAthan on 7/23/2007 9:18:11 AM , Rating: 2
with regards to number 2: I always wondered about this. Wouldn't it be possible for them to keep there .com or .net etc, and have the site forward you to their new .xxx site? This would let them keep their .com/.net names, but also filter out the sites for the underaged (if such software was running on the computer).

I have no answers for number 1, but I think the majority of hardcore porn could be moved to xxx without issue. Its the softcore/literature areas that get more difficult to decide.

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