Bringing the Internet to Public Housing, Your Neighbors and a Unicorn

NYCHA digital van

This week on New Tech City, we're crossing the digital divide. 

First up, some residents New York City's Housing Authority who use free WiFi vans run by the city to apply for jobs, shop online, pay bills and take care of other odds and ends on the internet. Then, there's Mike, a 50-something owner of a diner in Brooklyn who's never surfed the web. According to a recent Pew poll, there are millions of people just like Mike all around the country (h/t to our friends at TLDR, a new WNYC podcast about all things internet). Finally, your home WiFi: Should you nix the password and let anyone in range surf the web for free? Tech writer Brian Hall did. Maybe he'll convince you to do the same.

Music Playlist

  1. Barbarian

    Artist: Pierlo
    Album: Olivetti Prodest
  2. Scattered Knowledge

    Artist: Revolution Void
    Album: The Politics of Desire