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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 rcc on 7/23/2007 6:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
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But Mr. K's suggestion to teach agriculture and equipment repair... now that's an idea. These skills will build a community infrastructure, a much needed infrastructure to improve quality of life.


I agree, it's a place to start. But I can't help remembering back in the 60s and 70s, the uproar from the 3rd world nations when it was suggested in the US that we ship them farm equipment and knowledge rather than just food.

Now that was primarily the "warlord" elements hollering, because that would take power from their hands, but it's still an issue.

On a separate topic, given the main domestic output of Nigeria appears to be letters and emails trying to con people out of money, shipping their kids notebooks just strikes me as adding fuel to the fire and a providing training aids. If you haven't seen the 60 minutes piece on it, it's worth looking for.


By Ryanman on 7/25/2007 3:14:20 PM , Rating: 1
I Don't understand why we're giving laptops to kids that, I'm sorry to say, ARE gonna be soldiers or dead pretty soon. Why not open the net to farmers and adult workers who have already proved they can survive and who form the backbone of the african food supply.


"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il



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