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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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Details are a bit sketchy
By Keeir on 7/23/2007 11:20:00 AM , Rating: 2
Before jumping to a conclusion based on a very basic article on Rueters about a local Nigerian finding "pornographic" images on a OLPC, I think we ought to consider the situation...

1. Nigeria defination of "pornographic" or unappropriate pictures for childern. We don't even know the nature of the pictures... are these just clevage shots, nudes, or actually graphic pictures?

2. Who actually accessed these pictures. After all, an OLPC is not grafted onto the children who recieve them.

3. What does the reporter have to gain. This reminds me of the recent "Cardboard Pork Buns" Chinese food articles, albiet less surprizing. For all we know, the Nigeria reported accessed the images just to prove that the OLPC is capable for accessing the pictures.

I think overall, I would prefer OLPCs to be completely unfiltered. Otherwise, I don't see the point. I can agree in principle with blocking child access to violent and sexual material, but don't trust the government recieving the laptops to maintain access to entire range of the internet. The temptation to filter out political dissention or "wrong thought" would be hard to ignore for most governments.




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