Archive for July, 2010


Chatroulette tries to ditch the flashers

It all comes down to the flasher problem.

The website Chatroulette — which unites people all over the world for live, random video chats — has been plagued by awkward, and possibly illegal, nudity since it became wildly popular in February of this year.

People who log onto the site with a webcam are thrown into a video conversation with a stranger, who, according to one analyst’s report, is likely to be a stranger without pants more than 10 percent of the time.

The major hitch in that utopian vision: the nakedness, which led some to turn away from the site.

“With the help of a few good developers we’ve started collecting information, such as IP addresses, logs and screen captures of offenders who actually break US/UN laws by broadcasting innapropriate [sic] content in a specific situations,” he writes.

“I hope that with help of a Criminal law we can finally get the problem out of our shoulders and get existing organizations which usually solve these kind of problems to help us.”


Sexting and child porn: are they any different?

The difference between “sexting” and “child pornography” might seem obvious, but it’s not. Take one common metric for labeling something “child porn”—was it produced voluntarily? That question has its limits.

Adults can (and do) convince minors to take sexually explicit pictures by webcam, for instance. Or they acquire pictures of kids that were created voluntarily for a boyfriend or girlfriend but were later forwarded to others or posted on the ‘Net (after a bad breakup, say). Though the image might look exactly like child pornography, asking “how was this produced?” might make it difficult to prosecute those who collect and view child porn.

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With cyberbullying there is no safe place to study

It used to be that the bully in the schoolyard taunted victims face to face. Today, attacks of name calling or being the target of rumors can come via e-mails and text messages, sometimes anonymously, from a teenage cyberbully sitting at a computer or texting on a cell phone long after the school bell has rung and the halls have gone dark. Now, new research is painting a worrisome portrait of those attackers and their victims.

A study published in this month’s Archives of General Psychiatry examined the social and psychological risk factors associated with cyberbullying. Researchers in Finland surveyed more than 2,200 teens in the seventh and ninth grades. The study found the majority of victims who were repeatedly attacked in cyberspace perceived a definite or severe amount of difficulty in their lives. They reported having headaches, ongoing physical pains and trouble sleeping. One in four felt unsafe.

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