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Re: [school-discuss] OLPC Trouble

Another important clip about this story:

"Luckily for the porn-addicted youngsters, administrators of the pilot program are aware of this snowballing crisis, and will soon be installing filters that will very likely block out a slew of legitimate pages while still allowing curious students to see all the flesh they want on Myspace."

On my recommendation, and since their solution relies more heavily on URL blocking than filtering, APS now blocks the following sites which turn out to have porn in them: MySpace, YouTube, FaceBook, and even Craig's List. Too bad about YouTube, there's lots of great old video clips of historic value there, but if you can't block the bad stuff via filtering, better to block the whole site.


Joel Kahn 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.

Boardwalk for $500? In 2007? Ha! Play Monopoly Here and Now (it's updated for today's economy) at Yahoo! Games.

Daniel Howard
President and CEO
Georgia Open Source Education Foundation