Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pornography on donated laptops, and privacy?

Reuters reports that "Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from a U.S. aid organisation have used them to explore pornographic sites on the Internet" and that filters will be installed. Not too much information is available about the conditions of the project, but to make a news out of that seems a little odd. That teenagers try and actually access pornography is something that, although not to be encouraged, quite normal (I personally find pornography stupid and exploitative, but I probably had different ideas when a teen). What probably is not quite normal and good for the future of those teenagers self esteem and trust in the established rules, is the fact that somebody went through the pages they had surfed, unless of course they were previously informed about that. It is also expected that those teen were trained and educated about the uses of Internet and whether accessing pornography was permitted or legal...or the whole program is just part of a cultural integration where the morals of certain American sectors are to be transferred to people around the world?

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