Feeds

Free PCs for the poor on sale in black market

The Reg applauds this recycling effort

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

In October last year, the government delivered a massive boost to the UK PC recycling industry when it revealed its intention to donate 35,000 PCs to the poor in a £10m scheme.

How long before these PCs were nicked, we asked at the time (Story: Poorest Brits to be given PCs)?

Not so very long, laptops doled out to the poor in the Kensington area of Liverpool (an inner city area chosen to run the pilot) are resurfacing on the black market, an FT report "reveals".

Apparently, the laptops are being offered for £100 each, a bargain, we think. And it's very nice to see that the resourceful citizens of Liverpool are doing their bit to breach the real divide, as opposed to the illusory digital divide.

In any hierarchy of needs, computers come pretty low down the list - even in the first world (and yes we do include Liverpool in this category). Poor people need warmth, shelter, food - clothes for their children, and free subscriptions to Sky TV. etc. etc.

If the government wants to remove the Digital Divide, then subsidised connections to digital TV is the way forward. And even that's a daft waste of money. ®

Related stories

Have Net and have not divide grows
Essex girls to get free WebTV
Poorest Brits to be given PCs
Truants rewarded with £1K laptops

Top three mobile application threats

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.