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Re: [school-discuss] OLPC Trouble

Food for thought indeed...and I'll definitely make sure our Malawi systems have Squidgard/Dansguardian enabled. Our cable modem at Brandon is fed through a proxy server with these two OSS packages, and it does a better job of blocking porn than the district's proprietary solution.

So, now all those OLPCs have to be updated regularly and keep a separate copy of the blacklisted/whitelisted sites on each unit, and will they have enough CPU power to also do the content filtering, not just URL blocking? Another reason the thin client model makes so much sense.


Yishay Mor wrote:
thanks, saw it. totally absurd, and oh-so expected.

As a matter of fact, I think this is a heads-up for the OLPC: if its good enough for porn, then its good enough for anything they say it can do!

On 21/07/07, *Joel Kahn* <jj2kk4@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:jj2kk4@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    For those who may have missed it: below the dotted line
    is a story from Reuters, Friday, July 20th, 10:31 AM ET.
    Food for thought here in connection with the Malawi
    project. I can't help wondering why they didn't have
    filters on the laptops in the first place. . . .


    Pupils browse porn on donated laptops

    Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from
    a U.S. aid organization have used them to explore
    pornographic sites on the Internet, the official
    News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Thursday.

    NAN said its reporter had seen pornographic images
    stored on several of the children's laptops.

    "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," NAN said.

    A representative of the One Laptop Per Child aid group
    was quoted as saying that the computers, part of a
    pilot scheme, would now be fitted with filters.

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