Children using OLPC laptop to view porn

July 22, 2007

Children use OLPC laptop to view porn The XO-1 laptop, also known as the $100 laptop or Children’s laptop was originally intended for children, in underdeveloped countries, to provide them with access to the wealth of knowledge that only the Internet can provide. But instead of surfing and learning, Nigerian children have been caught viewing pornographic images, according to the official News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Reuters quoted NAN as saying, “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.”

Pornography was found on several of the children’s laptops during NAN’s investigation into the matter.

Developers of the Laptop, U.S. based non-profit organization, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), responded to the hype, chalking it up to human nature.

“I’ve seen whole computer rooms turn into porno galleries as boobie-gazing men replace women and children as the primary customers of a center. Yes, its sad, but its also human nature,” wrote Wayan Vota, on the OLPC news blog.

Vota went on to say that he’s not surprised to see teenagers were “getting a eyeful of hot coffee,” and criticized reporters for wanting a “headline grabbing story,” suggesting that they may also be against the OLPC project on a personal level.

OLPC Nigeria has, however, addressed this problem by deciding to fit all future XO computers with pornography filters. However, Vota notes that the filters are not full-proof, naming Americans as being lazy and claiming we have already found multiple ways around them.

So it would seem that the voice for the OLPC project has taken great offense toward the OLPC porn scandal, despite the fact that no one is pointing the finger. If anything, OLPC has pointed the finger at itself, while attacking those who reported this problem.

But the truth is, OLPC is not to blame. They’ve been doing good since the start of the project, and they shouldn’t have to make explanations for how the children are behaving on these laptops.

Even the Media is not to blame. They recognized a problem, reported it, and a solution is now being implemented.

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2 Responses to “Children using OLPC laptop to view porn”

  1. Tony:

    What did you expect? No one should be outraged, we look at porn in the states, why shouldn’t they?

    Human nature, geeze, who would of thought of that?

  2. Kat:

    Yeah, but kids? :(

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