We desperately hope that the computers which we ship to developing countries will be genuinely beneficial to locals, but unfortunately that isn't always the case—more often than not, they're simply abandoned until they're searched for precious metals.
The New York Times has done a piece on what they call a "global graveyard for dead computers." It is a mass grave of electrical parts near Ghana with piles that are searched through by locals who seek precious metals to resell. I strongly recommend giving the piece a look and seeing how what we believe is a gift may affect a population. [NY Times]
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