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    Homeless Hotspots?

    Boulder is not as bad as people think, Austin is going to turn the Homeless into Hotspots.

    Discuss...

    http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2012/03...est-idea-ever/

    Homeless Hotspots: Worst, or best idea ever?

    Digitalphiles have convened on Austin for the SXSW Interactive Conference, a celebration of all things digital and connected.
    I love technology, and I love the Internet, but I don’t worship at the alter of Apple nor the concept of ubiquitous, always-on connectivity. Anyway, personally I’m a little troubled by the concept one marketing company is bringing to Austin in conjunction with the conference. It’s called Homeless Hotspots.
    The company Bartle Bogle Hegarty (a Dickensian name if there ever were one) announced the plan in a recent blog post:
    This year in Austin, as you wander between locations murmuring to your coworker about how your connection sucks and you can’t download/stream/tweet/instagram/check-in, you’ll notice strategically positioned individuals wearing “Homeless Hotspot” t-shirts. These are homeless individuals in the Case Management program at Front Steps Shelter. They’re carrying MiFi devices.
    Introduce yourself, then log on to their 4G network via your phone or tablet for a quick high-quality connection. You pay what you want (ideally via the PayPal link on the site so we can track finances), and whatever you give goes directly to the person that just sold you access. We’re believers that providing a digital service will earn these individuals more money than a print commodity
    That’s right, homeless people are walking around as digital hotspots. They’re easy to find, wearing a T-shirt that says, “I am a digital hotspot.” Give them a few bucks and you can hop on the information superhighway to check your e-mail, read a blog or watch a video.
    I believe the campaign to be well meant, it’s being run as a nonprofit operation and the homeless people, such asClarence and Dusty, are earning a few bucks.
    Nevertheless, it rubs me the wrong way. Jon Mitchell, at ReadWriteWeb, articulates some of the reasons. It has to do with digital divides, haves and have nots, and the idea that a fellow human being is of no more use to you than as an Internet jack.
    Your thoughts?

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    Sounds about right.
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    Sounds like a good idea to me. Giving anyone a job that otherwise doens't have one is good.
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    If they actually make money at it, the cell companies will address it in the next TOS they force out.
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    So how do these guys look on the street with their shirts on? If they look like the pics GREAT. If they look like the streotypical homeless person with scraggly hair, beard, holey stocking cap, ripped clothes on, smell like they haven't bathed in a week etc how many people do you think will approach them to get on a hot spot? I would kind of assume or hope that the company doing this would have a dress standard to look at least a little presentable.
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    Same as selling newspapers on the corner. I think it's a great idea worth at least trying.

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    They're filthy capitalists. They have the resource and they want other people to pay for it. Occupy the homeless!

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