The “Florida bans the Internet” stories I’ve seen play it off as a mistake, but I’m no so sure:
TALLAHASSEE — A South Florida Internet cafe operator, whose clientele is primarily migrant workers seeking computer time, is suing the state, challenging the constitutionality of the Legislature’s ban on illegal slot machines.
The lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Incredible Investments, LLC, owned by Consuelo Zapata, alleges that the Legislature effectively applied the ban to all computers when it defined illegal slot machines as any “system or network of devices” that may be used in a game of chance. The state effectively made every smartphone and computer an illegal device, the plaintiff argues.
Banning places where poors and browns congregate is not a bug, it’s a feature. I expect a revision to the bill exempting smartphones, private computers and any other device typically used by someone white or middle class.