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Got a dollar? I got Wifi!

Posted By: KJ · 3/14/2012 4:05:00 PM
This just feels wrong in so many ways: Not many cities have the right resources in the right places to help their homeless population. And a lot of cities have spotty wireless coverage.  The homeless and a lack of wireless hotspots are problems, but on a much different scale.  And tackling both at the same time... I don't know, feels wrong but hey more wireless hotspots would be a good thing.
 
A marketing company called BBH wants to address both problems by turning homeless people into wireless hotspots.
 
They're testing the program with 12 homeless people this week at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
 
As you can imagine, this idea has stirred up some serious criticism. But others think it's an 'innovative' idea... and that's what SXSW is all about. Does it help the homeless by literally turning them into walking wifi hotspots or is it exploitation?
 

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