Forget Porn, You Can Now Register to Vote via LinkNYC Kiosks

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 at 5:11 am by
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Those LinkNYC kiosks will be performing a rather different public service in the coming weeks. And we’re not talking about porn accessibility. Seriously, what did the city expect when it put free internet browsing on the streets of New York City?

Anyway, now that browser support is disabled, the LinkNYC folks want you to know that you can register to vote at any of their WiFi portals around town. And you have until October 14.

From the mailbag:

Starting [yesterday], LinkNYC launched a redesigned tablet homepage which links directly to the New York State DMV’s Electronic Voter Registration Application page. See attached image of redesigned homepage.

As of the end of September, 576,321 people — more than the entire population of Atlanta, Miami, or Oakland — have signed up to use LinkNYC’s super-fast, gigabit Wi-Fi service. LinkNYC’s Wi-Fi has been used more than 26 million times since the first-of-its-kind network launched last February. And since removing tablet-based web browsing, use of LinkNYC kiosks has increased 12% as more New Yorkers take advantage of other tablet-based applications. Last week alone, New Yorkers made more than 21,000 free phone calls, used maps 11,000 times, and accessed 311 more than 4,000 times. Reports of users monopolizing the kiosks have dropped 82% since the service update.

The “service update” was the removal of the aforementioned open web browser support that attracted squatters using devices for extended periods, and oftentimes to watch porn.

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