As previewed in this space a few weeks ago (“Citi Field – Available For International Soccer, Pop Concerts…And Anti-Internet Porn Rallies”), Citi Field paid host yesterday to a massive all-dude, Orthodox Jewish rally on the insidious nature of technology. The oversubscribed event was extended to neighboring Arthur Ashe Stadium, such was the demand for tickets to what organizers denied was solely about
David Howard’s browser history internet smut…but we know better, right? From the New York Times’ Michael M. Grynbaum :
The rally in Citi Field on Sunday was sponsored by a rabbinical group, Ichud Hakehillos Letohar Hamachane, that is linked to a software company that sells Internet filtering software to Orthodox Jews. Those in attendance were handed fliers that advertised services like a “kosher GPS App” for iPhone and Android phones, which helps users locate synagogues and kosher restaurants.
Nat Levy, 25, who traveled from Lakewood, N.J., to attend, said he frequently surfed the Web at a cafe, overseen by a local rabbi, that filtered out certain types of online content and monitored which Web sites he visited.
He said he often used the Internet to deal with customers for his company. “You get to do business the same way,” he said. “I have unlimited access, but it’s done in a kosher manner.”
Eytan Kobre, a spokesman for the event, delivered a more intense message to reporters outside the stadium. “The siren song of the Internet entices us!” he pronounced in a booming voice. “It brings out the worst of us!”
Still, Mr. Kobre confirmed that the event would be broadcast live on the Internet, via a stream available to homes and synagogues in Orthodox communities around the New York area. He said the general public would not be able to gain access, but several unauthorized streams appeared soon after the rally began.