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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 TomZ on 7/23/2007 3:41:41 PM , Rating: 0
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First off i think you need to become a bit more informed,
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_myths
They do not claim that this is the so called silver bullet as you have been calling it.

Did you read what you linked?

You're expecting this to be a magic bullet for poverty.
False: Not at all. It is simply a tool for education and communication and only helps, in part, in contributing to the entirety of aid programs where these laptops are distributed. Nevertheless it provides access to education, health, technology, economic opportunity, and more, and a few children will be able pull themselves out of poverty with no other assistance.


OK, they said that it is not a "silver bullet," but then look at all the things they promise it will provide: "education, health, technology, economic opportunity, and more." Sounds to me like they are promising a silver bullet, while trying to shake the negative connotation associated with the term. It doesn't sound reasonable to me.


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