Uganda spends cash on a magic internet smut machine

Uganda-flagWhile it is desperate for cash to pay for a cancer diagnostic machine, the Ugandan government is prepared to waste $88,000 on a magic device which is supposed to tell if people are watching porn on their PCs and mobiles.

Having nude photos on mobile and electronic devices in Uganda can land you in jail for up to 10 years as the government is keen to “stamp pornography out of Ugandan society”.

It even has a Minster of Ethics, Simon Lokodo, who thinks it is ethical to waste money on this device while his country’s hospitals are strapped for tech.

He is clearly impressed with the machine which will arrive in Uganda next month.  It is not clear how it will work but Lokodo said that it will be able to “detect, control, and scrutinize porn on mobile handsets and other electronic devices”.

The ethics minister has previously asked telecoms operators in Uganda to track and block public access to pornographic material. To implement the anti-pornography law, a government-funded committee has been set up to look into it, tut, and have another look into it.

We are just amused that some South Korean salesperson managed to convince a government that their device can carry out the “difficult task” of sniffing out porn.  It must be like shooting pigs in a barrel. It would be harder to find an internet connected machine which did not have any porn on it.