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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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RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By mdogs444 on 7/23/2007 9:34:51 AM , Rating: 5
I see where you both are coming from. In one sense, getting computers, internet, and modern day technology into the hands of these 3rd world countries is a good thing to help them prosper. However, some of the african places have been in civil wars for a long time, and probably will not be ending soon. So could giving them increased technology be considered a good thing, or just another weapon to use for bomb making & communications. I dont know, but i guess giving an 8 yr old a computer cannot be worse than giving them an automatic weapon right?


RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By Xavian on 7/23/2007 9:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'm always a believer that if you give any people on the planet enough Information that their society will eventually develop itself.

With most 3rd world countries drowning in Ignorance because of the lack of technology, so pointless wars caused by power-hungry warlords will continue to go unchecked by the populous by and large.

If people in general don't know there's something OTHER than war, warlords, pointless fighting and being displaced from their homes, then the pointless bloodshed will continue.

Sure there's a chance that 0.001% of people in 3rd world countries might want to blow stuff up and this will give them the information to do it, but the benefits of a massive surge of information (via the Internet) to these 3rd world countries far outweigh the downsides.


By copiedright on 7/23/2007 10:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
That is exactly right!

Many of the missionaries going over to third world areas are used to inform people of some basic things we all know, such as keeping sanitation away from the water supply.

Many still believe that the way to cure AIDS is to have s_x with a virgin!

As for the weapons argument, they already have imported weapons and explosives, additional information wont do much because they have no infrastructure to develop weapons.

So lets give them basic information access. In a way we are following the wise old saying: "Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. But teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life"

Remember Charity is not a long term solution. Education and teaching of self reliance is!


RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By xsilver on 7/23/07, Rating: -1
RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By Exodus220 on 7/23/07, Rating: 0
RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By FITCamaro on 7/23/07, Rating: -1
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 11:25:33 AM , Rating: 1
That's a pretty callous attitude. Just because the leaders in that region of the world are not doing a good job, the problems there are very hard to solve. Even the US, with all its "wisdom" and "power," hasn't been able to crack that nut yet.

And I have to believe that the people that live in the middle East are just like us and just like others around the world, they want to live in peace, raise their families, have jobs, etc. Suggesting they just all nuke each other is a pretty inhumane comment.


RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By omnicronx on 7/23/2007 11:57:57 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
I don't think there's been peace in that region of the world for the past several decades if not centuries.


Ya because it was under British rule, and before than ottoman empire. Then they withdrew leaving whoever wanted to be in power to achieve that.


RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By Ringold on 7/23/2007 1:53:32 PM , Rating: 3
Keep going further back. They were left to their own devices at times, and were in chaos. The times the region was peaceful was after General Muhammed ripped off the Jews and crafted a religion perfectly suited for mass conquest -- and got all the way in to mainland Europe before the only French man ever to live stopped them cold. That's not an exaggeration or propaganda -- pick up a history book, any history book.

I heard someone say a couple years ago that the world will continue to have grevious problems with Islam until the equivalent of a Martin Luther nails a moderate viewpoint to a mosque door, the religion fractures (again), and the Islamic Reformation runs its course. That took hundreds of years in Europe; we can only hope modern technology accelerates it to just a couple generations for them.


RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By bubbacub616 on 7/23/2007 3:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
I would go even further back. Human civilization first developed in the fertile crescent (egypt/israel/jordan/iraq). The development of crops and resultant biodiversity from the amalgamation of european african and asian ecologies has been mirrored more recently over the last 2-3000 years with this area being a crossroads or front were peoples and cultures collide. It is thus unsurprising that the area has been a bloody warzone for most of this time. Its tempting (especially with 9/11 rose tinted glasses) to blame Islam for all of our woes but I don't think this is necessarily the case here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertile_crescent


By Ringold on 7/23/2007 5:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
Difference is, those that left the area and developed elsewhere have, for the most part, lead a peaceful prosperous existence with a recent historical focus on individual freedom, liberty, etc. I won't blame any of the problems of the 1900s on Islam really (well, they did start their campaign against us then, we simply didnt notice), but since 2001? Definitely; and probably for the rest of this century.


By nah on 7/25/2007 11:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
General Muhammed ripped off the Jews and crafted a religion perfectly suited for mass conquest


exactly how did he rip of the Jews--and as for crafting a religion for mass conquest---who ultimately ended up controlling most of the world by 1900--the Europeans

this hatred of Islam and Muhammad goes back to the middle ages when mothers would frighten children by using Muhammad as a bogeyman

for a balanced view of Muhammad--read the bio by Karen Armstrong an Oxford Scholar and articles by Wilfred Cantwell Smith of Harvard


By Ryanman on 7/25/2007 2:50:22 PM , Rating: 1
The obvious conclusion is those with religeous fervor are more likely to kill and be killed. You can't honestly say that they're killing each other for any other reason, or at least using religeon as a justification. In Iraq, we kill a bunch of insurgents a day. They kill each other so much more than we could ever possibly do, it's a neat little system that has only the flaw of killing civillians.

Natural Selection FTW.


RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By Oregonian2 on 7/23/2007 1:45:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think historically, those who are hated are manipulated into that hate by local politicians (or equivalent, dictator, etc) into making a scapegoat for problems people have. A cause of problems other than "them". Focus of that hate toward that outside power (or "other race" as it is sometimes) provides power to those who create the fiction. This technique has been used in history a LOT, and probably because it works well. Even mild versions of the same technique is used by all parties in domestic American politics. This also is why it's hard to impossible to fight by the outside "hate-ee", they're targeted by the local powers at large (political, religious, or economic) and those have a MUCH stronger control of their people's minds. It's, in effect, an marketing battle, not a battle of truth and justice or actual deeds.


By xsilver on 7/24/2007 4:33:17 AM , Rating: 2
exactly - it is a bit of a marketing battle and an issue of trust.
tomz said it well above where you would like to think that people in iraq or whatever are just like you and me but a lot of western people fail to realize this.

the -1 rating of my post above only shows me how conservative people are.
I'M FOR GIVING THE 3rd WORLD COUNTRIES A CHANCE - Im just laughing at how western media is considering something like this news - Its their bloody laptop, they can do what they want with it. JEEZ.

NEWSFLASH - there is something called pr0n in the internet, are the 3rd world denied access?


"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov











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