Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Anonymous, 'Revenge Porn', Morality, and The Internet

I realize I'm a day early with the Wednesday update this week - but this article couldn't wait another minute to come out.  I was first exposed to this subject from a piece BBC news published earlier this week.  You can find the link to the article here.  I'll be referencing it a few times below.

To summarize, it mostly talks about how Anonymous (The Internet Hacker Group/Movement) is targeting one Hunter Moore. Up until April this year Hunter was running a website called IsAnyoneUp, which allowed users to post revenge pictures (usually pornographic in nature) to the site for anyone to look at - hence 'Revenge Porn', he also posted links to their social networking profiles alongside the pictures.  Classy, right?  Don't worry, it gets worse.

In the solitary ounce of fairness I will account Mr. Moore, he thankfully sold his website in April of this year to, of all places, an anti-bullying website called BullyVille.com so that they could shut it down forever.  However, this was confirmed to be nothing more than a business venture by Moore's announcement (from about half-way down the first BBC article, linked again here) that he was in the process of creating another website, "I am making something very scary yet fun."  He also noted that his new site would "Introduce the mapping stuff so you can stalk people," but as the article notes, he later admitted to dropping that comment while he was drunk.  It still gets worse.  If you're asking yourself how he can get away with that, I'm getting there.

But first, you need to watch Anonymous's video announcing their campaign below (it's less than 2 minutes long and is safe for work).  I'm not 100% on this being official, and it's likely to get taken down.  I'll try to keep the link current, but that will be a challenge.  If you have a better source, please get in touch with me - I monitor the comments and traffic on this site very closely.


You probably thought "Holy Shit!" at some point during that video.  Don't worry, we all did.

There's a few things you can do if you want to take a stand against this.  If you're a citizen of the United States you should take ten minutes out of your day at some point this week and pen a letter to your local representatives.  If you don't know who they are or how to find them, just click this sentence.

In that letter you should include who you are, where you live, make it a point to state that you're an active, registered voter, and then explain that section 230 of the Communications Decency Act needs to be cleaned up, and why - you can even include copies of the articles from the websites I've linked.

There's one more thing you need to mention in your letter, and that's the unbelievable tragedy of a young girl named Amanda Todd, which occurred on October 10th of this year.  Without going into too much detail (you can read all about it by clicking the link above), Amanda suffered the ultimate consequence stemming from years of abuse that all tied back to one poor decision she made when she was in 7th grade.

I'm sure that this is a cause our representatives will jump on, especially with this all happening rather recently.  Please, take the time to write this letter soon, I can guarantee you that it will help save lives.

After you pen that letter, take a moment to think about any not-so-smart decisions you might have made in the past and, if need be, how you can fix them.  If you've got kids, sit them down (if they're of the appropriate age) and talk to them about the horrifying consequences of 'naughty' images in the digital age.  I'm usually not a proponent of scaring the shit out of your kids - BUT GO SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR KIDS.  The ramifications of one bad decision like this can be absolutely life-altering, and the point needs to be driven home.  It's not cute.  It's not funny.  It's not a proclamation of your love.  It's stupid.  Don't do it.

If you're upset by all this, you damn well should be.  The second best course of action is to spread the word.  Tell your friends about Amanda's story, give them the links I provided here and push them to write their representative like you just did. Get on their case about it and make sure they do it.  Don't forget that you can write more than one letter (or just send the same one over and over every week, make sure to sign it in pen every time, don't just print your name at the bottom of the letter.)

If we all went a little bit out of our way on just a daily basis, there wouldn't be any more cases like Amanda's.  The world would be a better place.  And in spite of how evil, soulless, immoral rat bastards use the internet and our technology to drag us down as a species, we can come out on top.

2 Comments:

  1. That guys is a douche, i hope someone post his address and everything comes full circle.

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  2. Anonymous actually did post his address already.

    However, I'm not too interested in vigilante justice. I'm much more concerned with these laws getting fixed and people like Hunter Moore never being able to do something like this again.

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