EKBO’s IT manager Fabian Blatner says Godspot aligns with the church’s mission to foster community.

“People are no less spiritual than before,” Blatner believes, ”but the places of communication have shifted. Much takes place in digital social networks and communities. With Godspot we want to build a Protestant Church [that serves as] a safe and familiar abode in the digital world.” EKBO says Godspot’s connections will be secure and it will not be collecting any information about users or bombarding them with ads. Well, except for a landing page featuring “topics of faith and life.”

Godspots, which are indicated by purple banners and posters outside churches, are also a blessing to many tourists who find it challenging to access free wifi public hotspots in German cities. As Motherboard reports, Germans have been extra cautious about opening their networks because of a soon-to-be-abolished law called Störerhaftung, that holds businesses accountable for any data piracy or illegal activity that takes place while users are connected to their hotspots.

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