by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
wifi, wi-fi

The Ethicist Says Using Neighbor's WiFi Okay

A few months back at Jeff Pulver's wireless summit, I was attacked by a bunch of audience members for suggesting that using a neighbor's open WiFi (assuming you weren't clogging the network) was perfectly ethical. Attendees got very angry with me and suggested that such thinking was dangerous. Apparently, I'm not alone. Glenn Fleishman over at WiFi Networking News points out that the NY Times' Ethicist is saying basically the same thing. Admittedly, if someone is sharing their connection against the terms of service of their provider, then they face some ramifications from the provider (should they find out). But, simply using an open connection to do basic internet things (email, web surfing) seems perfectly ethical.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.