Remember when you first heard about One Laptop Per Child, and you started to visualize thousands of "$100 laptops" going to poor children in the developing world. What was one of the first concerns that came to mind? Maybe "XO theft"?
Nicholas Negroponte likes to dismiss this concern with his "post office truck" anti-theft logic as told to the World Bank:
there are thousands of cars in the United States stolen each day, but not one single post office truck has been stolen in the history of the United States. The reason is that there is no secondary market for post office trucks because they look like post office trucks.Well with all the hype around XO laptop distribution in Peru, it looks like his belief in distinct looks to safeguard laptops isn't holding up. Just a month after distribution, we have a OLPC armed robbery:
Three armed criminals robbed this morning 66 [XO] laptop computers for the school No. 31939, located in the human settlement of San Pedro, El Tambo district in the province of Huancayo, Junin, reported police sources.I wonder if, in the midst of tying up and beating the guard during the larceny, the perpetrators concerned themselves with Bitfrost? Or as Eduardo Villanueva Mansilla pointed out, often in poor countries, crime is a mixture of vandalism and actual stealing of anything that can be re-sold. And it doesn't take that much a criminal mind to realize XO's have re-sale value, one of the G1G1 unintended consequences.
While these specific laptops may be quickly replaced by OLPC in Peru, the innocence of XO distribution is now lost forever.