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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 TomCorelis on 7/25/2007 12:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think the question we need to be asking is, "How well is the OLPC being used to supplement or replace these Essentials for Education?"

With OLPC, you can conceivably evaporate the need for textbooks and school supplies, as the laptop handles that. Of course, without a proper learning infrastructure (as in, the rest of the list) OLPC *is* more of a waste. Not to say that it's worthless, but if these machines are just dumped on kids then it will be a much smaller percentage of kids and people (the more curious, enterprising ones) who will get any kind of measurable learning experience.

I'm trying to stay out of this debate as it seems to have evolved into a flame war, but this is my two cents.


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