New York kiosks offering public free data are being used for porn

It is human nature to misuse what is given to us for free and good use. This is what is happening with the free Internet being provided to New Yorkers through Wi-Fi kiosks. The New York’s Wi-Fi kiosks seemed a good idea when they were introduced in February 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced the free Internet service as a tool to bring parity in the digital divide among New Yorkers. they aimed to provide crucial power and internet facilities to visitors and residents. Phone charging, weather reports, and maps to help users get from A to B in a sometimes baffling metropolis.

The three, viz, charging, weather and maps are being put to a good use but it’s the fourth that a big worry. Seems like New Yorkers want to use the free Internet to surf porn.

In fact, the kiosks have been so popular with porn surfing New Yorkers that, LinkNYC network, the provider of this service has said it’s shutting off web browsing on the built-in tablets.

The internet kiosks have been a regular feature on the New York’s map. The free Wi-Fi points spanning a 150-foot radius, free domestic calls, two USB charging ports, a 911 button and a tablet for accessing the internet, and were designed to replace antique phone booths.

However, Mayor and the councilmen were horrified to discover that the tablet is being used more for surfing porn rather than bridging the digital divide, City councilman Corey Johnson, who’s responsible for Greenwich Village, Chelsea and some of Midtown, was among those voicing complaints. He said he’d seen people watching porn in them with children nearby, according to NYT.

“These kiosks are often monopolized by individuals creating personal spaces for themselves, engaging in activities that include playing loud explicit music, consuming drugs and alcohol, and the viewing of pornography,” he said in a letter to LinkNYC.

Taking heed of the growing porn problems of New Yorkers, LinkNYC has now disabled web surfing on the tablets provided in the kiosks. LinkNYC said in a statement said, “The kiosks were never intended for anyone’s extended, personal use,” it adds, noting that web browsing will be removed from the kiosk’s tablets while it “works to explore potential solutions, like time limits.”

Free phone calls, maps, device charging, 311 and 911 access and the Wi-Fi will remain unchanged. It remains to be seen whether New Yorkers will  now carry their laptops and own tablets and use the still free Wi-Fi to surf porn making the kiosks a complete failure.

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