What would it look like if the local ministries and churches began offering free WiFi to anyone who would drive up, without forcing them to register or even have them “buy” anything?
What do you think would happen? One thing is for sure – I’d love to see it happen more often!
And it did!
About a month later, John announced a church had taken him up on his challenge.
What do you think about an open wireless connection?
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation sent out a call to action encouraging people to join the Open Wireless Movement.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo, NY police department is spinning cautionary tales of innocent people being falsely accused of being pedophiles, complete with full police SWAT teams ramming down their door. The message: Secure your network!
In this scenario, free WiFi wasn’t free at all; it came with a price, and many of you weighed in on the matter. There was certainly a mix of reactions. Some blamed the PD, while others said users need to increase their router security.
In fact, researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan designed a new paint that absorbs WiFi signals, thus adding an actual physical WiFi security via signal deflection. No need to worry about your neighbor cracking your code, then!
This seems to be a polarizing issue. We certainly don’t live in a utopia. It would be nice to offer free WiFi, but what if someone uses it to victimize children!?!
None the less many people still run open Wi-Fi networks in order to share the wealth—although lots of people use their router software to limit how much bandwidth other users can suck up.
What do you think?
Where do you stand on the issue?
Free WiFi or secure WiFi?
[HT How-To Geek]