Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Revisiting why “no moderation” is a feature, not a bug, in Predator Alert Tool

Among the most common criticisms of the Predator Alert Tool project, which is a suite of browser apps and social network add-ins aiming to “build sexual violence prevention mechanisms into every social network on the Internet,” is the claim that, since the tools are unmoderated, they “put you in a worse position” than you were […]

Turning discussions about anti-violence tools into discussions about their toolmaker is harmful. Please stop.

The other day, LifeHacker featured Predator Alert Tool for OkCupid on its homepage. Today, I received an email from the post’s author, stating that “the Predator Alert Tool post [is] doing well, but as you warned, some people have descended on it with comments and accusations about you specifically.” The email then detailed several accusations, […]

Announcing: Predator Alert Tool for ChristianMingle

The Predator Alert Tool for ChristianMingle, or PAT-ChristianMingle, is a tool that alerts you of profiles on Spark Networks’ ChristianMingle dating site belonging to people who have reportedly violated others’ consent, such as through sexual assault or rape. This tool is based on the popular Predator Alert Tool for FetLife, a dating website for the […]

Subject: Predator Alert Tool for Tumblr?

Here’s an email I got a few weeks ago that I finally had a moment and the energy to respond to: From: [REDACTED] Date: May 24, 2014 8:54:53 PM PDT To: may may Subject: Predator Alert Tool for Tumblr? Hi maymay, I think a Predator Alert Tool for Tumblr (PAT-Tumblr) should be built. Unfortunately, I […]

“Allyship” is full of corrupt gatekeepers, technological and otherwise

Do NOT read this incisive ‘zine if you need your “I’m a good ally” bubble to feel good about yourself: The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the “issues” they work to address. These nonprofit capitalists advance their careers off  the struggles they ostensibly support. They often work in […]

The Internet has been doing “report abuse” wrong, because its admins are corrupt.

The most recent report filed in the Predator Alert Tool for FetLife alleges abuse on the part of a FetLife Carebear: It reads, in full: Fetlife caretaker FAIL. This lady could see that I was being harassed and not only failed to help me, but suspended my fetlife account when I screencapped the abusive crap […]

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