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The OLPC in green and white  (Source: The OLPC Wiki)
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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By Misty Dingos on 7/23/2007 9:14:42 AM , Rating: 5
Perhaps we could just let them alone and let them realize what is on the web in the first place. Utter anarchy. Sure I can see that blocking the kids from cruising porn sites while at school is a good thing. I can't imagine that having the kids on porn sites while the teacher is trying to teach geography is going to don anything for good academics. But the whole idea of this OLPC program was to put computers into the hands of millions of kids. At some point you are going to have to take off the training wheels and let reality set in.

These kids aren't going to learn how to build IEDs from the internet they will learn that from the local fanatics trust me they have a training program. And they aren't going to sudden increase the infection rate of AIDS in the area. What is more likely is that they will decrease AIDS but increase the level of awareness of how much violence is perpetrated in their world every day. What they do with that knowledge is up to them.

One other thing. You can not take a million kids to a candy store and tell them to keep their eyes shut and their hands in their pockets. It isn't going to work.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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