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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 wordsworm on 7/25/2007 3:15:27 AM , Rating: 2
Education has the ability to give these children the chance at studying in ways that has been denied to them before. If some choose to educate themselves to become better warriors, then so be it. If others choose to learn about sex, I think that's good too. To each their own, and in nowise do I feel threatened by that. Teens doing research about sex is not a bad thing, pornography is not evil. Not all teens will choose these two things. Some might choose agricultural knowledge, it's hard to say. May those children follow their natural inclination regardless of its direction.

I think it would be quite useful for kids to send an IM that their house had just been raided, some perhaps raped, others killed. It's hard to see how this kind of technology will change the culture. In any case, education gives people power. If more people have power in the region, perhaps the balance of power will shift to that of the people rather than the few.

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Laptops in a third world country in classrooms will not have any success, its just a waste of time, money, and resources.


Perhaps you figure the same about books, pencils, and the like. Education has no value in the hands of third world inhabitants. Well, my opinion is polar to yours. I think this project could be the greatest step to bringing global equality to the region. I believe in education, and this is the greatest tool that these kids have ever had access to.


"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins











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