Sunday, July 22, 2007

Fine use for the One-Laptop-Per-Child

The One Laptop Per Child, OLPC, was a project started at MIT some time ago by Nicholas Negroponte. Its main goal was to create a durable laptop that can be used in harsh environments by children. It was supposed to cost about US $100.

From their website
Our goal: To provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.

It took sometime for the vision to become a reality, and just recently some OLPC's have reached children from around the world. Third World.

The latest use for some of these laptops? According to a story from technochurch.com:

The One Laptop Per Child initiative has reached new heights by delivering internet porn to third world children.

According to a report Thursday from the official News Agency of Nigeria, laptops in a primary school in Abuja "have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials."

It’s heart warming to know that the efforts of the well meaning folks behind the OLPC project are delivering real results on the ground; providing the same opportunities for teenage boys to access internet porn no matter how impoverished they are or where they live.

The party however will be short lived; a representative of the One Laptop Per Child group was reported saying that the OLPC computers would now be fitted with porn filters.


I really don't know whether to laugh or cry. But as is usual with many things in life, even the best intentions can have some very bad consequences.

2 comments:

BuZain said...

That's funny :)

I wonder how long it will take a HUNGRY teenager to crack through the porn filter :)

ammaro.com said...

oh man........ lol...

Just Google it!