On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM, jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> "The city said the purchase will be the
first in a series of steps to
that's just creepy (to me).
> create a wireless network it will use to enhance public safety,
> improve government efficiency
Such a conversation may be off-topic for this list, but personally I'm
in favor of such a program. I work with a large number of individuals
who are not in a position to subscribe to an ISP at home, and libraries
have limited capabilities in serving communities' needs for access to
digital information. Libraries are certainly an excellent resources,
though, and I think that city-wide wifi should supplement library
access, not replace it.
If you're concerned about privacy with public wifi, private ISPs are
certainly a great option, though hardly protection for your browsing
habits, as governmental agencies can relatively easily request IP logs
and similar information. HTTPS implementations are broadening rapidly,
with even Google announcing that basic Google searches will have an
HTTPS option in the near future.