Monday January 21, 2019

Brooklyn Neighbors Had Wireless “Internet to Spare”

An opinion piece by Brooklyn College teacher Helen Rubinstein justifying her ability to glom wireless internet from her Brooklyn neighbors since 2005,  sparked some lively debate on the website. Rubinstein says she doesn’t believe she was stealing, since the owners’ leaving their networks password-free was “essentially a gift,” akin to saying “I have Internet to spare.”

She also wonders why she couldn’t pay her neighbors for allowing her to partake of their Internet and argues that paying for Web access isn’t like paying for cable where cable providers pay cable networks in return.  Most commenters pointed out the dangers of leaving a router unsecured, and one even said that his unsecured router had been used by a child pornographer.

The New York Times


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