I was reading an interesting article from the BBC entitled “The myth of free wi-fi”. I am a tech savvy guy with more computers and iStuff floating around my house than it is possible to use. To be honest I’m surprised my fridge isn’t wi-fi enabled – perhaps that is my next step. My thoughts on social media and faith are well documented. I believe that the internet a shift in the way information flows that is as significant as the invention of the printing press. So reading an article on open source public wi-fi was right up my street. However, what caught my attention was this quote from Sam Churchill:
“But it’s a basic requirement these days, just like water and power in a civilised society, that helps people communicate and keep informed.”
We live in a world of serious inequality. I struggle to reconcile this quote with the picture above. Having wi-fi in public spaces is a ‘basic requirement’? If there is one thing that the article has inspired me to do it is “donate some money to water aid“.