Jon Mitchell at Read Write Web sees it another way.
There's a wee little difference, though. Those newspapers are written by homeless people, and they cover issues that affect the homeless population.Which is exactly what a lot of people do with Street News, BBH's Saneel Radia told Mitchell. Radia said that content creation wasn't the top priority -- social engagement was. In other words, by making homeless people purveyors of the one thing that SXSW attendees want above all else -- a working Wi-Fi connection -- they become visible members of society. And the "hot spots" keep all of the proceeds.
By contrast, Homeless Hotspots are helpless pieces of privilege-extending human infrastructure. It's like it never occurred to the people behind this campaign that people might read street newspapers. They probably just buy them to be nice and throw them in the garbage.
Radia went on to say that the effort might include content at some later point.
What do you think?