Las citas en línea son buenas para los hombres, pero no tanto para las mujeres – El Mostrador

Básicamente, las necesidades de las personas que buscan pareja en línea están más cubiertas para los hombres que para las mujeres, lo cual juega a favor de ellos. Para nosotras, es más difícil usar esas habilidades evolutivas a través de una app que para ellos.

Fuente: Las citas en línea son buenas para los hombres, pero no tanto para las mujeres – El Mostrador


Los nuevos términos que se aplican en el amor en los tiempos del WhatsApp – El Mostrador

Ghosting, benching, breadcrumbing, zombing, son los términos que se usan para definir algunos de los tipos de relaciones que entablas por Whatsapp.

Fuente: Los nuevos términos que se aplican en el amor en los tiempos del WhatsApp – El Mostrador


¿Qué hacen las páginas de citas online para proteger a sus usuarios? – El Mostrador

Las autoridades advierten de que el fraude en las webs de citas está aumentando. La pregunta es: ¿cómo protegen estos portales a sus miembros?

Fuente: ¿Qué hacen las páginas de citas online para proteger a sus usuarios? – El Mostrador


The internet scammer who loved me (not) | Life and style | The Guardian

On 2 February, at the cusp of Valentine’s Day, the Los Angeles sheriff’s department warned of the “growing criminal epidemic” of romance scams during a community meeting called Love Hurts. Romance scams are a type of online fraud, in which criminals pose as desirable partners on dating sites or email, win the hearts of their victims and end up fleecing them of their money.

Fuente: The internet scammer who loved me (not) | Life and style | The Guardian


Adult Friend Finder and Penthouse hacked in largest personal data breach on record

Over 412m accounts from pornography sites and sex hookup service reportedly leaked as Friend Finder Networks suffers second hack in just over a year

Fuente: Adult Friend Finder and Penthouse hacked in largest personal data breach on record


Love me Tinder – tales from the frontline of modern dating | Life and style | The Guardian

Modern love is digitised. Letters and unrequited love have been replaced with modern iterations (saucy pictures and ghosting). You do not go on blind dates, you go on dates with people whose best photos you deem, at best, attractive and, at worst, passable. No one asks each other out in person any more, probably.

Fuente: Love me Tinder – tales from the frontline of modern dating | Life and style | The Guardian


Online search for love breeds new job opportunities – FT.com

Love is no longer a case of serendipity — it is big business. From the success of the online dating industry, dominated by the likes of Tinder and Match.com, has sprung an array of new jobs: from software engineers to virtual dating assistants. Here is a look at some of those who make a living helping Cupid.

Fuente: Online search for love breeds new job opportunities – FT.com


Police reaction to revenge porn is playing into predators’ hands | Joan Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

A few years ago the idea of someone publishing explicit photographs of a former lover, out of spite or as a form of blackmail, was still in the realms of fiction. But advances in technology have created fresh opportunities for sexual predators, and the criminal justice system is finding it difficult to cope with new forms of aggressive and controlling behaviour.

Fuente: Police reaction to revenge porn is playing into predators’ hands | Joan Smith | Opinion | The Guardian


Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse | Technology | The Guardian

Six years ago, Rebekah Wells Googled her name to see what turned up. The results horrified her: nude photos of herself taken by her ex-boyfriend, along with her name and address, on commercial porn sites such as ImageFlea, ImageEarn and PinkMeth.

Fuente: Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse | Technology | The Guardian


Revenge porn website operator jailed | US news | The Guardian

Revenge porn website operator jailed | US news | The Guardian.

Kevin Bollaert in court Kevin Bollaert at his sentencing hearing in San Diego. Photograph: Nelvin C Cepeda/AP

A San Diego man who operated a “revenge porn” website and then charged victims to remove nude images and personal information was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in state prison, the attorney general’s office has said. Kevin Bollaert, 28, was convicted in February of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion in San Diego superior court for running a pair of websites that capitalised on the internet as a forum for public shaming.

Jilted lovers and hackers could anonymously post nude photos of people without their consent, along with personal information, at a website Bollaert created called ugotposted.com. More than 10,000 images, mainly of women, were posted between December 2012 and September 2013. People who sought to have the explicit images taken down were directed to changemyreputation.com and charged $250 to $350 to remove the content.


My husband looks at pornography while he’s taking care of our baby girl | Life and style | The Guardian

My husband looks at pornography while he’s taking care of our baby girl | Life and style | The Guardian.

 

Annalisa Barbieri Problem Solved photo‘He will look at porn on his phone when I am in another room.’ Photograph posed by model: Getty Images

I have been with my husband for five years and we have just had a baby. He has always used pornography and he has quite specialist sexual tastes. At the start of our relationship, he was very honest and we tried to incorporate this into our sex life quite successfully.

However, over recent years, his use of pornography and masturbation has come at the expense of our sex life. He rarely instigates lovemaking yet masturbates and uses porn daily. He will look at it on his phone when I am in another room. He also confessed recently that he had been masturbating to porn at work.

Things came to a head with our new baby; he would hold her and still have his phone with him. I asked him not to look at porn when he was with the baby. He said of course not, but over the following weeks would still constantly have his phone with him when looking after her. Last week, he admitted he was looking at porn while he was looking after our daughter.

I was horrified and there were rows and tears. He was very sorry and ashamed and I have pushed him to go to counselling. I cannot move forward until I understand how he could do this.

I am angry and ashamed of his behaviour. We did have a very good relationship outside of his porn problems; it was loving, respectful and supportive but now I fear I can never see him in a sexual way again as I am haunted by the image of him making himself sexually aroused with our sleeping daughter feet away from him.


Condenan a creador de web de despechados que publicaban “porno vengativo” de sus ex parejas – BioBioChile

Condenan a creador de web de despechados que publicaban “porno vengativo” de sus ex parejas – BioBioChile.


Kevin Christopher Bollaert / Facebook

Kevin Christopher Bollaert / Facebook

Publicado por Eduardo Woo | La Información es de Agencia AFP
Un hombre fue condenado en Estados Unidos por extorsión y robo de identidad tras publicar unas 10.000 fotografías de contenido sexual explícito en su página de Internet con el objetivo de chantajear y enriquecerse.

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, de 28 años, se declaró el lunes no culpable de los 31 delitos que le imputó un tribunal de San Diego (California, suroeste) por gestionar ese sitio, con el que ganó miles de dólares.

El hombre podría ser sentenciado a hasta 24 años de cárcel.

Lee también | “Porno Vengativo”: Escándalo por web que difunde fotos íntimas enviadas por novios despechados

Bollaert fue acusado de crear en diciembre de 2012 una página que permitía subir imágenes explícitas a la red sin el consentimiento de la persona, una técnica conocida como “porno vengativo”.

IsAnyBodyDown.com

IsAnyBodyDown.com

El sitio “convirtió la humillación pública y la traición en una mercancía que podía destruir vidas”, afirmó entonces la fiscal general de California, Kamala Harris.

Las fotografías eran tomadas de forma consentida por los dos miembros de la pareja, pero luego eran publicadas sin permiso, pirateadas o simplemente robadas, como acto de despecho.

La página de Bollaert también incluía los datos de la persona, su dirección y su contacto en la red social Facebook.

El hombre creó un segundo sitio desde donde chantajeaba a las personas que le contactaban para sacar las fotos, a cambio de unos 350 dólares por la gestión.


Lessons in life that online dating taught me | Daisy Buchanan | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Lessons in life that online dating taught me | Daisy Buchanan | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

I learned the value of enjoying my own company, trusting my instincts and taking control. Oh, and the power of small talk
Two hearts on a computer keyboard
‘If you’re signing up to a dating site, there is a chance that you’ll end up meeting someone you really like, but no matter what happens, you will definitely come away with some brand new skills.’ Photograph: Alamy

While writing a guide to dating on the internet, I spent a lot of time revisiting the ghost of dates past. Before meeting my fiance online I was, on various occasions, bored to tears, catfished (pursued by someone who seemed to have an extensive selection of identities and no interest in actually meeting), shown some unsolicited testes, poisoned by a chicken burrito and treated to a live action one-man recreation of the fourth season of The Wire. If I learned anything about dating itself though, it was to keep laughing and not lose heart – but I also came away with plenty of other life lessons.

If you’re signing up to a dating site as your new year’s resolution, there is a chance that you’ll end up meeting someone you really like, but no matter what happens, you will definitely come away with some brand new skills. Here’s what I discovered:


Vacas y toros franceses cuentan con su propio sitio de citas para dejar descendencia – BioBioChile

Vacas y toros franceses cuentan con su propio sitio de citas para dejar descendencia – BioBioChile.


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gabriel77 (CC)

Publicado por Felipe Delgado | La Información es de Agencia AFP
“Rubio”, “musculoso” y “de buena familia”: cliqueando un par de veces en Internet, Sylvain Frobert, criador francés de vacas lecheras, encontró un pretendiente para Anita, Henriette o Désirée; se trata de Bariton, un toro de raza charolais y semental perfecto para agrandar su ganadería.

Lanzada en octubre, la plataforma “trouverlebontaureau.com” se parece mucho a cualquier sitio clásico de encuentros.

Después de colgar en este motor de búsqueda el perfil de su vaca (raza, edad…) y los criterios a partir de los cuales desea mejorar su rebaño (leche, crecimiento, desarrollo muscular, partos), el ganadero accede a una decena de fotos de toros corpulentos y vigorosos.


For a 50-year-old woman, being yourself online is a no-no | Life and style | The Guardian

For a 50-year-old woman, being yourself online is a no-no | Life and style | The Guardian.

For any chance of success, you need to be skinny, Pilates-practising, scuba-diving – and a fan of The Fast Show
Scuba diving
Scuba diving – the mature woman’s route to a man’s heart? (Posed by models) Photograph: Alamy

For a while, my dating site profile said that the end of my relationship wasn’t my idea. I thought people would find it reassuring that I’m not a dumper, but – if you like – a dumpee. What I found was that most men didn’t find it reassuring at all. It seemed to trigger something – curiosity and then judgment. “What did you do to get dumped? Are you a bitch?” I mentioned this in an online chat one evening with a man called Neville, and asked what he thought.

“You may as well give up now,” he wrote, ignoring the question, “and withdraw from here and save your money.” I asked him what he meant.

“It’s porn that’s your problem,” he said. “Now that porn is normal, now that it’s normal to look at porn online, that’s the downfall of the middle-aged woman.

“Men are convinced that if they become bachelors again, that’s the kind of sex life they’ll get. Young women, big tits, flat stomachs, a tight fit where it matters. There are loads of gorgeous young things here who’d be happy with a 50-year-old sugar daddy. You can’t compete with that.”

Not having seen profiles written by other 50-year-old women, it was hard to know what the norm was, and how far I deviated from the average. I mentioned this to my friend Jack. Together we went in to my page with rolled-up sleeves and blitzed every one of the errors he identified – being whiney, being needy, being pompous and self-aggrandising (that hurt), overly-conventional (Radio 4 was tussled over; I won), and too bookish. The argument that it was best to be myself cut little ice. Despite his efforts, despite adding baking, London parks, gigs and beer to the list of things I like, I was still, Jack complained, all too evidently an alpha control freak and raging intellectual snob. That was limiting the response types. It was putting people off.

It is important online not to be seen to take yourself too seriously. Men engaged in online dating constantly say how unseriously they take life, as if that’s a good thing. I find it a complete turn-off, but then it is evident that I have way too many opinions. I am persisting with the accurate, off-putting version of myself.


I caught my husband watching pornography – I’m shocked | Life and style | The Guardian

I caught my husband watching pornography – I’m shocked | Life and style | The Guardian.

We have been married for more than 30 years, and I am deeply upset to learn that there is this hidden side to his character

My boyfriend rarely orgasms when we have sex

Ask Molly Ringwald: I’ve got a crush on a band-mate who is 15 years my junior

My husband and I are in our early 60s. We have been married for more than 30 years and are quite happy together, other than having had a range of family issues to deal with. Our sex life has dwindled, but we are still very affectionate.

The other night I went into my husband’s study unexpectedly and he seemed to be looking at pictures of naked women on his computer. I made no comment because there was an urgent matter requiring attention and we hurried away to attend to it. I think he believes that I didn’t see the screen.

I was shocked and wondered if I had imagined it. It seemed so out of character – he is a highly respectable, scholarly person, not inclined to tackiness. I checked his laptop a few days later – mainly to reassure myself that I had imagined it, or that they were paintings or something (he is an art fan). However, the history for that date was deleted, which was suspicious in itself. I located it in the system files and discovered he had been on a range of pornographic sites.

I am deeply, deeply upset by this. I am not prudish – it is not the pornography that I object to, but rather that I am so shocked by discovering this hidden side of his character. Am I overreacting?


El filósofo de moda explica por qué Eros agoniza y el pensamiento llega a su final – Noticias de Alma, Corazón, Vida

El filósofo de moda explica por qué Eros agoniza y el pensamiento llega a su final – Noticias de Alma, Corazón, Vida.

Uno de los ensayos que mejor acogida está teniendo en España es La agonía del Eros (Herder editorial), la obra del filósofo de la Universidad de las Artes de Berlín Byung-Chul Han. En ella, el pensador alemán de origen coreano parte de las teorías sobre la forma en que seleccionamos hoy a nuestras parejas descritas por la socióloga Eva Illouz para señalar cómo el amor está amenazado por algo más que la libertad sin fin y las enormes posibilidades de elección.

Antes, argumenta Illouz, estábamos ligados a nuestro entorno, de forma que el número de partenaires que podíamos conocer era limitado; hoy existen muchísimas más posibilidades de elección gracias a internet y eso, entre otros factores, nos ha hecho mucho más utilitaristas. Para Han, el problema va mucho más allá, ya que vivimos en una sociedad narcisista, donde la libido se invierte en la propia subjetividad y el mundo se presenta sólo como una proyección de sí mismo. Esa “erosión del otro” es la que mata al Eros, porque el narcisista no puede encontrar nada fuera que sea distinto de sí, y por lo tanto no hay nada que pueda amar.

La mejor prueba de esa erosión del otro está en el porno, que es la antípoda del Eros porque aniquila la sexualidad misma. Bajo este aspecto, dice Han, es incluso más eficaz que la moral: lo obsceno en el porno no es el exceso de sexo, sino que allí no hay sexo. La sexualidad hoy, no está amenazada por aquella razón pura que, adversa al placer, evita el sexo por ser algo sucio sino por la pornografía.


My boyfriend is addicted to porn, so I’ve left him | Mariella Frostrup | Life and style | The Observer

My boyfriend is addicted to porn, so I’ve left him | Mariella Frostrup | Life and style | The Observer.

A young woman who broke up with her boyfriend over his porn addiction feels insecure. Mariella Frostrup tells her to pat herself on the back, as porn is poisoning our culture 
■ If you have a dilemma, send a brief email tomariella.frostrup@observer.co.uk

A finger pushing a keyboard button that says 'Sex' on it
Mariella Frostrup: ‘The access to and availability of sex onscreen is, I believe, the biggest seismic change to society in my lifetime.’ Photograph: Martyn Vickery/Alamy

The dilemma I am 17 years old and I broke up with my boyfriend a few days ago because I noticed on his laptop that he looked up a lot of porn. He told me he was addicted to it. This broke my heart. It made me feel like I was being cheated on because he was looking at all the other girls on the porn sites and getting turned on by them. When I broke up with him for this, he acted like he didn’t care, and now I feel very insecure. Do you have any advice?

Mariella replies Give yourself a pat on the back. If I were there, I’d be doing it for you. You should be proud of the strength of character you’ve displayed. For most of us it takes decades to develop the convictions that inspire us to make moral choices regardless of the consequences. We say: “Meat is murder, but I’ll just have a bacon sandwich,” or “Amazon is killing bookshops but, oops, I just bought The Goldfinchonline.” Yet here you are at just 17 having made a decision based on what you feel to be right and you’re prepared to lose a lover in the process.

Whether or not you’re in the majority about the acceptability of pornography in a committed relationship, you have every right to make your own choice. I agree with you and will try not to labour the point, having frequently done so in this column. I’m desperate to investigate further the effect on modern relationships and our society of the proliferation of pornography and our dramatically enhanced access to it in the last decade or two.

In the feminist fury and bra-burning era of the 1970s, porn was rendered a guilty secret kept stashed on top shelves and hidden under beds. Nowadays it’s harder to avoid than consume. I told my eight-year-old son to Google his favourite band, the Sex Pistols, the other night and both of us got quite a surprise at the search results. I’m open to opposing views, but if you look at surveys of young people’s attitudes to sexual behaviour, teenagers are under pressure not only to become sexually active at an increasingly early age but to perform like sex-industry veterans.

There’s also the increased objectification of my own sex – with under-10s dressing like hostesses in roadside bars while singing anthems to emancipation from Frozen – it all makes the insidious impact on the Porn Generation seems vast.

The access to and availability of sex onscreen is, I believe, the biggest seismic change to society in my lifetime. We should be analysing and learning from what we discover before sex becomes simply a spectator sport, totally adrift from the intimacies of a loving relationship. It’s a very long-winded way of saying that I entirely agree with the assumptions you’ve made about your boyfriend’s addiction to screen sex versus real sex and the decision you’ve made to end the relationship. Pornography may be considered liberating by a minority like Belle de Jour blogger Dr Brooke Magnanti, who’ll no doubt pipe up again, but the sex workers I’ve met who make up the majority of employees of this global, unsavoury business are hard-pressed, desperate women whose career choice is based on survival, not sexual liberation. Many hail from countries where they are denied basic human rights and are coerced and exploited in ways that no civilised society should condone.


Internet, el cupido rentable | Economía | EL PAÍS

Internet, el cupido rentable | Economía | EL PAÍS.


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Las agencias matrimoniales se han transformado en modernas webs con millones de contactos que suponen un potencial de negocio que no acaba de tocar techo. Buscar pareja en Internet se llama online dating, y es un mercado tan grande como opaco, con cifras sesgadas para no informar a la competencia. Ningún organismo público o asociación sistematiza los datos de los cientos de webs de parejas que hay por todo el mundo con múltiples ofertas. Junto a los supermercados generalistas comoMeetic o eDarling, hay exclusivas boutiques para buscar maridos millonarios a hijas de buena familia, sitios para afroamericanos, webs para homosexuales o portales para casados infieles.

Casi el 5% de los norteamericanos que se casan cada año se conocieron en portales de online dating, hacen parejas más estables. “Estas webs son casi inmunes a la recesión”, asegura Lluís Carreras, CEO y cofundador de Mobifriends. Aunque la publicidad alimenta los sitios web gratuitos, el grueso son portales de citas que viven de los servicios premium de pago, aunque utilizan el gratis como gancho para realizar la inscripción y el examen de personalidad. Es la fórmula utilizada porParship, una distinguida web alemana con portales en 15 países europeos que promete un 38% de éxito. Unos 23.000 nuevos miembros se apuntan cada semana para optar a la cuota de felicidad basada en un algoritmo de 136 reglas, resultado de 40 años de investigación. “Parship abrió sus puertas online el día de San Valentín de 2001 en Alemania, y hoy tenemos 11 millones de usuarios en todo el mundo. Ofrecemos servicios con diferentes precios por países, en España están a partir de 14,99 euros”, cuenta la portavoz de la empresa.


Sitio de citas online OkCupid confiesa sus experimentos con personas – BioBioChile

Sitio de citas online OkCupid confiesa sus experimentos con personas – BioBioChile.


OkCupid

OkCupid

Publicado por Denisse Charpentier | La Información es de Agencia AFP
Un mes después de que acusaran a Facebook de manipular las emociones de sus usuarios, el sitio de citas online estadounidense OkCupid decidió salir del closet: ellos también experimentaron con personas y vincularon parejas incompatibles para ver qué pasaba.

OkCupid, uno de los más populares sitios de citas online de Estados Unidos, dijo que había redefinido su fórmula para armar parejas con la idea de estudiar mejor el arte (o el negocio) del celestinaje.

Su fundador Christian Rudder escribió esta confidencia el lunes, en una entrada en su blog titulada “Nosotros experimentamos con seres humanos”, luego de que una ola de críticas rompiera sobre Facebook por manipular los “estados” de sus usuarios para estudiar cómo estos influencian las emociones.

“Notamos recientemente que a la gente no le gustó que Facebook ‘experimentara’ con sus perfiles”, dijo Rudder.

“Pero adivinen qué: si usan internet, ustedes son sujeto de cientos de experimentos en cualquier momento, en cualquier sitio. Así es como funcionan las páginas web”.


Revenge porn: why the right to be forgotten is the right remedy | Technology | theguardian.com

Revenge porn: why the right to be forgotten is the right remedy | Technology | theguardian.com.

The ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling is actually a powerful tool for victims of revenge porn, but a new House of Lords report says no new laws are needed

 

 

New York would be the third state to ban revenge porn.
A House of Lords report has found that existing laws should be adequate to deal with revenge porn. Photograph: Olaf Speier/Alamy

 

Revenge porn is an undoubtedly vile phenomenon. A couple, often young and foolish with lust, get together and share trust and intimacy. In the modern style, they take pictures or videos of each other or “sext” each other revealing selfies.

Then they break up and he posts these pictures on a website and labels her a whore to the world. Modern love?

This is, of course, a very partial description. Revenge porn can cut across same-sex as well as heterosexual couples, and can be done by the girl to the boy as much as the other way round. Yet revenge porn is typically one of the nastiest offshoots of the misogynistic abuse rampant and normalised in the online space, as seen in recent cases like the Criado-Perez and Stella Creasy Twitter abuse storms.

How then do we try to stop revenge porn, as we undoubtedly should? The kneejerk reaction – which we saw in hasty and ill crafted amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill last week – is to say Something Must be Done. New criminal laws must be passed. Sentences must be extended. Draconian powers must be given demanding all social networks institute real name policies (even though these would be unenforceable and harm the vulnerable more than abusers).


Is the internet now just one big human experiment? | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Is the internet now just one big human experiment? | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

It’s not only Facebook treating us like lab rats. Dating sites can manipulate our emotions, too – and blame it on user testing. The possibilities are endlessly scary

 

 

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‘I understand … why the anger is there,’ OKCupid’s co-founder said. ‘But people also need to understand that … nobody launches a redesign without testing on different users.’ Photograph: Pelle Sten / Flickr via Creative Commons (Art: Frankenstein in Love, by Mogul)

 

If you thought the internet industry was chastened by the public firestorm after Facebook revealed it had manipulated the news feeds of its own users to affect their emotions, think again: OKCupid.com, the dating site, is now bragging that it deliberately arranged matches between people whom its algorithms determined were not compatible – just to get data on how well the site was working.

In a Monday blog post entitled – I’m not making this up – “We Experiment On Human Beings!” the site’s co-founder, Christian Rudder, essentially told us to face the facts of our modern world … at least as he sees them:

[G]uess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.

Human experimentation is definitely part of how websites work, in a way, because all online services of considerable size do something called A/B testing – seeing how users respond to tweaks, then adjusting accordingly. But that doesn’t mean sites can, do or should routinely and deliberately deceive their users or customers.

Yet Rudder – whose observations about data on his site’s “OKTrends” blog were almost always fascinating when he was posting regularly – acknowledges that OKCupid wasn’t merely A/B testing when it recently tried to figure out whether its human recommendation algorithm was actually correct:

To test this, we took pairs of bad matches (actual 30% match) and told them they were exceptionally good for each other (displaying a 90% match.)

Where I come from, we call this deception, and the Washington Post’s Brian Fung asks, reasonably, “If you’re lying to your users in an attempt to improve your service, what’s the line between A/B testing and fraud?”


Charlotte Laws' fight with Hunter Moore, the internet's revenge porn king | Culture | The Observer

Charlotte Laws’ fight with Hunter Moore, the internet’s revenge porn king | Culture | The Observer.

When Hunter Moore posted topless pictures of Charlotte Laws’ daughter online, she decided to take him down
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‘He messed with the wrong mum’: Charlotte Laws photographed at home in Woodland Hills, California. Photograph: Barry J Holmes for the Observer

I don’t realise quite how brave Charlotte Laws is until I see her in action at the United States Court House in Los Angeles. I’d met her at her home two days previously, but for most of the interview she’d been sitting down, and it’s only amid the imposing gloom of the 1940s building that I realise how tiny she is – less than 5ft tall, despite a pair of platform heels – and what exactly it is that she has taken on. We’re waiting for a bail hearing in the case of the United States versus Charlie Evens, and Laws is clutching a stash of printouts from the internet which she shows the prosecutor before the judge arrives.

“What are these?” the prosecutor asks.

“They’re my latest death threats,” says Laws.

“What?” says the prosecutor. “Have you passed these on to the FBI?”

“I told the FBI press office,” she says.

“No, you need to get these to an investigator. You need to contact the agent immediately.” She leafs through the pages and then looks at Laws. “Are you concerned?”

Laws shrugs. “A bit.”

I read them over her shoulder. They mostly came from anonymous Twitter accounts. Somebody called “DepressedSaintsFan” names her and then says: “We need to get a hit out on this bitch.” Another calls her daughter “a cock-hungry slut”. But it’s just the tip of a larger, altogether nastier iceberg: phone calls, a strange car that turned up in her street, and dozens of abusive, barely literate threats and insults and libels against Laws, her daughter, her husband. This is the price you pay, it turns out, for taking on a 27-year-old website owner called Hunter Moore, or, as he came to be known, the “Most Hated Man on the Internet”.

This is, given the internet, and what is on it, quite a title; it was bestowed by a BBC reporter back in 2012 and subsequently adopted by Moore as both a badge of honour and a handy marketing tool. If you traffic in human misery, it’s the kind of endorsement that will bring in a few thousand more Twitter followers, more hits, more advertising revenue. Because Moore’s website, isanyoneup.com, operated in the murky world of “revenge porn” – a modern-age phenomenon that almost makes you long for crinoline skirts and steam-powered engines.

Moore’s schtick was publishing compromising photos and videos of women (and some men) together with their full names and as many identifying details as he and his followers could find: their geographic location, their occupation, their address. It was, like Facebook, he claimed, perfectly legal “user-generated content”. It was usually their exes who sent him the photos, though others were mysteriously “found”. Ex-boyfriends, ex-husbands, some ex-girlfriends out to humiliate their one-time partners. To compromise their jobs. To professionally embarrass them and personally hurt them. To reveal their most personal, intimate details to the world. And in some cases – the women who were judged not fit mothers because of pornographic content on the internet, or who were sacked from their jobs – to ruin their lives.

Moore called himself “a professional life ruiner”. He compared himself to Charles Manson. And Charlotte Laws didn’t just take him on. She mounted a two-year investigation into his activities, compiled a dossier of evidence from more than 40 victims all over the world, and then led the FBI to his front door. In January he was indicted for conspiracy, unauthorised access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 42 years in prison. “Unless he gets off,” says Laws. But she doesn’t really want to talk about that possibility. There are potential repercussions either way. Hunter Moore has “followers”, people who identify themselves, after Charles Manson, as The Family. It’s unclear what they are or aren’t capable of.


¿Buscas pareja? Conoce las aplicaciones para tener citas que cada día captan más adherentes – BioBioChile

¿Buscas pareja? Conoce las aplicaciones para tener citas que cada día captan más adherentes – BioBioChile.

Publicado por Alejandra Jara

Para conocer chicas, Leland, un estudiante estadounidense de 20 años, recurrió a “Tinder”, una nueva aplicación de teléfonos móviles que le permitió contactar a más de 400 mujeres en más de un año, aunque solo conoció a dos, y con una todo resultó “incómodo”.

“Probé esta aplicación para romper el hielo y como herramienta de seducción, en ese aspecto era bastante divertido”, contó Leland, un universitario que pidió no ser identificado.

Como el estudiante, cada vez más personas en Estados Unidos usan aplicaciones para conseguir citas amorosas, una tendencia en aumento dado el creciente protagonismo de los teléfonos móviles para organizar la vida cotidiana.

“La gente dedica mucho tiempo a ver sus e-mails o Facebook; es lo primero que hace cuando se levanta, de modo que se comprende perfectamente que busquen amigos o (traten de conseguir) citas con estas aplicaciones”, dijo a la AFP Julie Spira, autora de un libro y un blog sobre las ciber-citas.