Hundreds of LinkNYC kiosks are going up every month. Each kiosk is equipped with microphones, bluetooth beacons, and outward-facing cameras. These technologies have the ability to collect personal information about every New Yorker. Law enforcement agencies can easily access this information, corporations sell it for profit, and the government now has the tools to practice mass surveillance.
LinkNYC is not community WiFi. It is an opportunity for surveillance, data collection and corporate profit boxed and marketed as free WiFi. We believe that the basic building blocks of the LinkNYC program need to be re-thought. Free WiFi should really be free, and citizens - not corporations - must have the freedom to decide if and when their personal information is used.
True community WiFi unites and connects people. It affirms freedom, openness and trust.
Say no to LinkNYC. Another way is possible. Rethink Link.
We are a group of concerned citizens from a variety of backgrounds who see opposition to LinkNYC as a non-partisan issue. We believe that all New Yorkers will share our strong suspicion of this program when they are better informed. We named our fledgling movement RethinkLinkNYC, because we believe that this program needs to be rethought, and quickly. Free Wi-Fi should really be free, and citizens— not corporations—must have the freedom to decide if and when our data is used.