It’s hard to believe The Verge published this piece ”out loud” where people could see it.
Taking homeless people and turning them into “mobile hotspots” is utterly dehumanizing and is not “raising awareness” about homelessness.
What it should raise awareness of is how much of an asshole you would have to be to actuallly use such a service.
If you want to help homeless people then perhaps the company running this crap could provide corporate profits to provide them with an actual “home” or society in general could actually deal with homelessness which is not a “hidden issue”.
Absent that, just give the money you would spend on a “wifi” connection to a homeless person and wait until you get home before you tweet about being at SXSW.
What’s next? How about we get homeless people to sell food, and every time somebody buys food from them they get a free sandwich. If they don’t sell any food though, no sandwich!
Jon Mitchell from Read Write Web describes this nonsense best with this comment;