Here’s a good way to make roughly half of your customers angry: A new app can change your router settings in such a way that will replace most internet ads with political messages:
With one click of their smartphone, a user can configure their Wi-Fi network to replace all web advertising with ads for their candidate of choice (as well as ads for voting location, updates, etc).
The project is called HotSpotTheVote, and has an app for both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Its creators say it would be most effective in the hands of “businesses that offer free Wi-Fi (coffee-shops, etc),” but also great for “somebody who wants to set up their favourite candidate’s ads on their Home Wi-Fi network.” The creator, this guy, describes the effort as part of “a startup,” and not affiliated with any campaign but instead with Rock the Vote.
You can download the apps for Android here — quick installation requires a smartphone and your router password, but there’s a manual method for people without Android handsets.
It’s long been possible to block ads by changing your router settings, but it’s never been a particularly simple process. Might I suggest an apolitical version of this app that just does that?
- A flash flood emergency has been issued Sunday in Charleston, South Carolina. More than 16 inches of rain fell in some areas. ›
- President Obama says the U.S. has launched a full investigation into the airstrikes that killed 19 people at a hospital in Afghanistan on Saturday. ›
- More than a dozen people were killed after severe storms and flooding swept through the French Riviera on Saturday evening. ›