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. [New York Times]
Photos by Pieter Hugo for the New York Times