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  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks

    01/01/2012 9:41:38 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-01-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In part I of this series, Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo, I observed that like-minded people cluster into groups on the internet. Using Free Republic as an example (as it is the only site I feel I have any right to talk about), I showed how people’s reactions to other posters are based on observation of the other poster’s opinion, and that the process used to evaluate other posters bears an analogy to statistical techniques used in industry. In this part, I consider some of the social tensions which occur during conversations /...
  • Chat Rooms, Your Kids and Perverts

    07/14/2009 6:45:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 690+ views ^ | July 14, 2009 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Children and teens love chat rooms. The problem is, sexual predators do, too. Parents need to wake up to how dangerous and just plain raunchy chat rooms can be. The anonymity of participants, unfiltered and unlimited access by virtually anyone, and the lack of parental supervision, make for a dangerous combination. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, two out of every five children ages 15 to 17 who are abducted fall victim in connection with internet activity. The way in which children use chat rooms makes them incredibly vulnerable to weirdos who wish to do them...
  • Warning Sounded Over 'Flirting Robots' (Beware Of Online Robot Whores)

    12/09/2007 5:33:02 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 1,000+ views
    c/net news ^ | December 7, 2007 | Ina Fried
    Warning sounded over 'flirting robots' by Ina Fried Those entering online dating forums risk having more than their hearts stolen. A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, according to security software firm PC Tools. The artificial intelligence of CyberLover's automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the "bot" from a real potential suitor, PC Tools said. The software can work quickly too, establishing up to 10 relationships in 30 minutes, PC Tools said. It compiles a report...
  • 'Predator' Sex Sting Raises Questions of Fairness, Success

    09/28/2007 7:17:13 AM PDT · by Watershed · 73 replies · 82+ views
    The Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | September 27, 2007 | Sandra Stokley
    When "Dateline NBC" aired its first "To Catch a Predator" segment in 2004, it made for sensational television. Program host Chris Hansen on camera confronted grown men who had been lured to a house by the prospect of sex with children. The first two segments in New York and the northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., area nabbed a firefighter, a rabbi and a teacher. For the third installment,, the Internet watchdog group that collaborated with "Dateline" on the "Predator" stings, asked that law enforcement be added to the mix and suggested the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, which had worked with the...
  • Shelby County mayor's son pleads out sex case (statutory rape 13 year old)

    08/21/2007 5:28:47 AM PDT · by GailA · 34 replies · 1,798+ views
    The son of Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton has been sentenced to two years probation under a plea agreement in a statutory rape case. A C Wharton III, 35, was accused of raping a 13-year-old Knox County girl he met on the Internet. He has been released from a Knox County jail where he spent four months, Knox County Special Prosecutor John Gill told WMC-TV of Memphis. This is not to a level of defense at all, but he had some mental issues related to prescription drugs that caused him, well, contributed to his behavior, Gill said. A C...
  • Man sues over Web site comments

    06/30/2006 1:46:55 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 10 replies · 380+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 30, 11:51 AM ET
    Man sues over Web site comments Fri Jun 30, 11:51 AM ET PITTSBURGH - A city attorney is suing the creator of a Web site that lets women dish dirt on men they claim have wronged them, saying they made defamatory statements about him. Attorney Todd J. Hollis sued because he contends two Pittsburgh-area women and other anonymous users posted items about him on in which they claim he is unfaithful, among other things, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday. Hollis filed the suit Thursday in Allegheny County against Tasha C. Joseph of Miami, who created the site, which bills...
  • for Kids

    04/22/2006 1:51:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 62 replies · 1,591+ views ^ | 4/20/06 | Susan Konig
    My daughter wants a screen name. She says she needs to instant message her friends. First of all, shes only eleven. She doesnt need to instant anything to anyone. Secondly, she doesnt have a computer. Im the one who has a computer and I need it for work and the kids already think its ridiculous that I have 334 messages in my inbox and we dont really have time for others tying up the computer. And the one time I let the kids download a game from some kid friendly cartoon online site, my hard drive...
  • 'Kiss me, touch me, feel me, rape me' (Editorial about

    02/28/2006 4:34:08 PM PST · by wagglebee · 127 replies · 4,381+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2/28/06 | Rebecca Hagelin
    "Kiss me", "Touch me", "Feel me", "Rape me" the invitations flashed across the photo of a scantily clad young woman on one of the most popular teen Web hangouts in the world Techno-hussies and innocent children just enjoying the latest method to socialize with their friends are falling victim because they are sharing very personal, often provocative and trashy information on, which is quickly becoming a sexual predator's playground. So rampant are the reports and allegations linking sex-crimes and even murder to activity on MySpace that producers at "America's Most Wanted" are looking into the...
  • Jihad Chatroom inadvertanly discovered (VANITY)

    02/22/2006 9:09:06 AM PST · by Trident/Delta · 31 replies · 997+ views
    Jihadi Online ^ | Today | An Islamic madman
    During the course of an investigation (I am a private investigator that specializes in high-tech, also a retired cop) I inadvertanly stumbled onto this website. While my Arabic is a bit rusty, The basic points came across loud and clear. I am peeling back the wrapper on this website. I passed it off to the FBI and they didn't express a great deal of interest. Soooo... I am turning over to the Pyjahamahideen of Free Republic. Enjoy!
  • I wanted to eat him, not kill him, court is told

    01/17/2006 5:08:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,243+ views
    London Times ^ | 1/17/06 | Roger Boyes
    ARMIN MEIWES, the so-called Cannibal of Rothenburg, described to a horrified courtroom yesterday how he lit candles and laid out a white tablecloth and his best cutlery to dine on the dismembered corpse of a German software specialist. I wanted to eat him but not to kill him, said Meiwes, 44. The computer technician was the first to speak in the retrial in Frankfurt of one of the most grisly criminal cases in modern Germany. The victim, Bernd-Jrgen Brandes, and his future killer met over the internet, which has triggered legal confusion. Until the creation of chat rooms, it was...
  • Judge tosses Internet sting -- Platte County detective posed as young girl.

    08/04/2005 12:12:54 AM PDT · by kingattax · 197 replies · 3,132+ views
    The practice has become widespread undercover agents pose as children on Internet chat rooms. When adults strike up online relationships and arrange for sexual liaisons, police are waiting at the rendezvous point with handcuffs and arrest warrants. But a ruling of a federal court judge in Kansas City is calling the legality of the tactic into question. U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple acquitted Jan Helder yesterday of using the Internet to try to entice a child into sex. Helders attorney, J.R. Hobbs, had argued that his client didnt break federal law because the person his client was accused of enticing...
  • Yahoo Chat Room Crackdown Affects Non-Sex Rooms (Users Irate At Loss Of Chat Rooms)

    06/23/2005 6:58:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 4,764+ views ^ | 6/23/05 |
    HOUSTON -- A crackdown on chat rooms aimed at children is being felt around the world, affecting those that have nothing to do with sex, the Local 2 Troubleshooters reported Thursday. Hundreds of innocent chat rooms were taken offline by Yahoo in addition to those targeted for sex with children. Now, those innocent computer users are wondering how they will fill the massive void on the Internet. National newspapers, radio talk shows and television networks have picked up the story the Troubleshooters broke on Monday. For people in other cities, it finally shed light on why chat room screens are...
  • Yahoo Closes Chat Rooms After Some Used to Promote Sex With Minors

    06/22/2005 6:54:53 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 25 replies · 1,221+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-06-22-05 2135EDT
    Yahoo Closes Chat Rooms After Some Used to Promote Sex With MinorsBy Greg Sandoval The Associated Press Published: Jun 22, 2005 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reacting to angry protests from several of its top sponsors, Yahoo Inc. has pulled the plug on perhaps hundreds of chat rooms operating on its site after a media report revealed that some of the rooms were used to promote sex with minors. Companies such as PepsiCo Inc., State Farm Insurance and Georgia-Pacific Corp. stopped advertising on Yahoo after they were informed that adults were attempting to lure children into sexual encounters within some of...
  • Argument over faiths probed in killing of 4

    01/16/2005 7:37:13 PM PST · by ZULU · 80 replies · 1,707+ views ^ | January 16, 2005 | MIKE FRASSINELLI AND MARK MUELLER
    Argument over faiths probed in killing of 4 Jersey City man received chat-room death threat Sunday, January 16, 2005 BY MIKE FRASSINELLI AND MARK MUELLER Star-Ledger Staff Authorities are exploring whether a religious argument in an Internet chat room led to the slaughter of a Coptic Christian couple and their two daughters in their Jersey City home, relatives of the slain family said yesterday. One of the victims, 47-year-old Hossam Armanious, spent some of his spare time in chat rooms devoted to the Egyptian religious sect, at times proselytizing and at times writing about persecution of Coptic Christians by Muslims,...

    01/17/2005 12:12:45 AM PST · by backhoe · 117 replies · 3,783+ views
    various FR links & stories | 01-17-05 | the heavy equipment guy
    Christian family butchered in NJ -- big thread at 'I don't want you to join me, I want you to join bin Laden'(Paltalk connection to NJ murders?) See thread: here: for information. Four family members slain in their Jersey City, NJ home FAMILY OF 4 SLAUGHTERED 'ISLAMIC HATE' EYED IN SLAYS(threatened for making anti-Muslim remarks online) Slaying of 4 may be tied to (Islamic) religious extremism (NJ Christian family had throats slit) ISLAMIC HATE' EYED IN SLAYS Islamics suspected in multiple slaying in NJ Tension between Copts, Muslims also immigrated I...
  • CIA funds chatroom surveillance

    11/28/2004 8:48:51 PM PST · by Prime Choice · 86 replies · 1,564+ views
    c|Net / ZDnet ^ | 11/25/2004 | Declan McCullough
    A university in New York has been funded to keep tabs on IRC conversations with money channelled through the National Science Foundation by the CIA, documents have revealed. The CIA is quietly funding federal research into surveillance of Internet chatrooms as part of an effort to identify possible terrorists, newly released documents reveal. In April 2003, the CIA agreed to fund a series of research projects that the documents indicate were intended to create "new capabilities to combat terrorism through advanced technology". One of those projects is research at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., devoted to automated monitoring...
  • Citizens use Internet to spy on, thwart terrorists

    11/12/2004 2:04:05 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 7 replies · 924+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 3, 2004 | Mike Carter
    CONRAD, Mont. Shannen Rossmiller finds early mornings are best for hunting terrorists. When it's 4 a.m. in this one-stoplight prairie town, it's 3 p.m. in, say, Karachi, Pakistan, the sweltering hours just before the evening call to prayer. That's when Rossmiller, while her husband and three children sleep, finds the Internet chat rooms and bulletin boards frequented by radical Muslims and jihad warriors are busiest. It is when Rossmiller pursues her deadly serious hobby: Citizen cyber-spy. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Internet has become sprinkled with self-proclaimed intelligence agents and freelance threat analysts like Rossmiller ordinary...
  • Government Surveillance of Chat Rooms

    10/11/2004 8:11:18 PM PDT · by pharmamom · 6 replies · 209+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/11/04 | pharmamom
    The government certainly isn't discounting the possibility. It's taking the idea seriously enough to fund a yearlong study on chat room surveillance under an anti-terrorism program. A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer science professor hopes to develop mathematical models that can uncover structure within the scattershot traffic of online public forums. Chat rooms are the highly popular and freewheeling areas on the Internet where people with self-created nicknames discuss just about anything: teachers, Kafka, cute boys, politics, love, root canal. They are also places where malicious hackers have been known to trade software tools, stolen passwords and credit card numbers. The...
  • Software agent targets chatroom paedophiles ['chatbot' program]

    03/18/2004 11:08:23 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 63 replies · 1,523+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 17 March 04 | Duncan Graham-Rowe
    Paedophiles attempting to "groom" children in internet chatrooms can now be detected by a computer program. The program works by putting on a convincing impression of a young person taking part in a chatroom conversation. At the same time it analyses the behaviour of the person it is chatting with, looking for classic signs of grooming: paedophiles pose as children as they attempt to arrange meetings with the children they befriend.Called ChatNannies, the software was developed in the UK by Jim Wightman, an IT consultant from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. It creates thousands of sub-programs, called nanniebots, which log...
  • IM, machine translation on front lines of Iraq (coalition auto-translating chat client)

    03/08/2004 12:05:59 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies · 228+ views
    So how do you get soldiers and commanders speaking different languages in a theater of war to communicate effectively and not, for example, blow each other up mistakenly? Take off the shelf instant messaging software and throw in a dose of machine translation. So says the Office of Naval Research.From the Office of Naval Research: 'Chatting' in Iraq The coalition chat line helps troops communicate United States and allied forces in Iraq face a complex environment of brutal enemies, new political entities, and vastly different cultures. The challenges are multiplied by language barriers: the Arabic of the Iraqis and the...
  • Israel Turns to Internet During Earthquake, Terrorism

    02/11/2004 11:11:08 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies · 112+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 11, 2004 | Israel News Agency
    Israel Turns to Internet During Earthquake, TerrorismBy Israel News Agency StaffJerusalem----February 11.....At 10:15 this morning, as many Israelis were sitting in their offices and homes working on their computers, keyboards and mice started to move. In fact, entire offices started to sway as Israel was being hit by a 5.0 earthquake. Immediately Israelis turned to the Net to get information. Israelis, who were accustomed for years to having small portable radios clued to their ears, now click into URL's after terror attacks and other major events that shake this part of the world. Not every desk has a radio or...
  • Online chat rooms used to bring 'gays' to Jesus?

    10/23/2003 11:24:53 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 382+ views ^ | Friday, October 24, 2OO3
    A Florida assistant youth minister who claims he had graphic sexual conversations with homosexual teen-agers in "gay" chat rooms so he could eventually "talk to them about Jesus" has been arrested. Deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office picked up Hewart Lee Bennett, 46, near North Lauderdale, Fla., this week, saying he drove to Broward County looking for a 15-year-old boy he'd met online, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. According to the report, Bennett was charged with using a computer to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal sexual or lewd act. Bennett is a volunteer assistant...
  • Internet paedophile 'groomed' 70 girls in just five months

    10/09/2003 2:28:53 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 313+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 10/10/03 | Maxine Frith
    A man described as the world's most prolific paedophile "groomer" was jailed yesterday for five years. Douglas Lindsell, 64, befriended 73 teenage girls through internet chatrooms during five months of this year. The case is believed to be one of the reasons behind last month's decision by the software giant Microsoft to to shut all its UK-based MSN chatrooms. Lindsell befriended his victims through MSN teenage chatrooms, using a number of different names and identities. Often posing as a teenage boy, Lindsell, from Twickenham, south-west London, bombarded his victims, some as young as 12, with sexually explicit questions, demands and...
  • Chief Accused Of Sex Scandal Turns Self In; Teenagers Claim They Met Kevin Walters In Chat Room

    09/26/2003 3:28:33 PM PDT · by Brian S · 8 replies · 234+ views
    WOODHAVEN, Mich. -- The South Rockwood police chief reportedly turned himself in Friday for an alleged sex scandal involving two teenagers. Prosecutors said Chief Kevin Walters 41, arranged to have sex for money and then tried to cover it up. He made his first court appearance in Woodhaven Friday morning. Walters was arraigned on charges of misconduct in office -- a five-year felony -- and using a computer to solicit a crime. His attorney, Michael Vincent, said his client was a victim and did nothing wrong. Walters was off duty when he met with Keith Hall, 17, and Matthew Schieda,...
  • MSN shuts down its chatrooms ("For the chilllldrun!")

    09/23/2003 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Timesink · 21 replies · 2,607+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 23, 2003
    MSN shuts down its chatroomsMicrosoft's internet service MSN has taken a major step in net safety which could sound the death knell for unsupervised chatrooms.MSN are closing all their chatrooms in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and most of Asia from 14 October, and changing how others are operated globally."As a responsible leader we feel it necessary to make these changes because online chat services are increasingly being misused," they said.Children's charities welcomed the move as "momentous" and see it as a big step towards protecting young web users.Abusive contactMSN UK's Matt Whittingham told BBC News Online it was...
  • Microsoft to curb chat room abuses

    09/23/2003 5:22:17 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 20 replies · 332+ views ^ | September 24 2003 | Chris Nuttall in London
    Microsoft is closing internet chat rooms because their misuse by spammers, paedophiles and others is damaging the reputation of its MSN service and the internet as a whole. The decision is the latest attempt by Microsoft to increase trust among users of its software. It has vowed to tackle computer viruses that have exploited weaknesses in its Windows operating system and infected millions of computers. It has also declared war on unsolicited e-mails by prosecuting spammers and introducing improved filtering of junk e-mails in its programs. The MSN Chat service will close worldwide from October 14, apart from in the...
  • How chat rooms were used in the Iraq war

    07/31/2003 8:24:57 PM PDT · by TD911 · 16 replies · 978+ views
    the inquirer ^ | Monday 28 July 2003 | Doug Mohney
    How chat rooms were used in the Iraq war Run silent, run chat By Doug Mohney: Monday 28 July 2003, 06:56 DURING IRAQI Freedom, twelve U.S. submarines lurked beneath the seas within Tomahawk cruise missile range of the unfortunate misbegotten country. Over the course of active hostilities, the sub fleet (plus two Brit subs) fired almost a third of the estimated 800 missiles used during the campaign. More remarkably, the US boats communicated with each other and higher command in real-time via four different chat rooms on a 24 x 7 basis, according to Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan, director...
  • Rise of Internet Fuels Fears of AIDS Resurgence [well, at leat they didn't blame Dubya]

    07/29/2003 7:23:31 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 15 replies · 912+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 29, '03 | Paul Simao
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - A growing number of gay and bisexual men in the United States are engaging in risky sex with partners they meet on the Internet, raising fears that the AIDS virus could be poised for a major comeback in the group hardest hit by the epidemic. Online chatrooms and Web sites are replacing gay bathhouses and sex clubs as the most popular meeting point to arrange high-risk sex, according to two new studies presented on Tuesday at the 2003 National HIV (news - web sites) Prevention Conference. The findings come amid growing evidence of an apparent resurgence of...
  • German 'cannibal' charged with murder

    07/17/2003 3:50:46 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 515+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Thursday, 17 July, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.A German man who confessed to killing and eating a man he met through a website for cannibals has been charged with murder, prosecutors have said. The 41-year-old suspect, identified as Armin M, is alleged to have killed the 43-year-old victim in March 2001 in the town of Rotenburg in central Germany, after meeting him through the site. He then carved up and froze portions of the man's flesh, later eating some of it, prosecutors allege. The crime was apparently carried out with the victim's full consent, however state prosecutor Hans-Manfred Jung...
  • Internet gay cannibalism net widens

    07/17/2003 10:46:08 PM PDT · by knak · 181 replies · 3,406+ views
    expatica ^ | 7/17/03
    KASSEL - Prosecutors Thursday said they have filed a murder indictment against one of two gay men who met in an Internet chat room, where it allegedly was agreed that one of them would kill and devour the other. And in a stunning new development, prosecutors in Kassel said they are broadening the investigation to include some 430 other persons believed to have been involved in the Internet gay cannibalism chat room that led to the death of a 42-year-old man in March 2001. Prosecutors are convinced that the victim, a computer analyst from Berlin, agreed to be killed and...
  • Offer to Kill Woman During Sex Ends in Arrest

    06/30/2003 9:19:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 774+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon, Jun 30, 2003
    A Texas man got 10 years' probation for offering to strangle a suicidal Wisconsin woman whom he met over the Internet, lawyers said on Friday. Frank Manuel, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and was ordered by State District Judge Carol Davies on Thursday to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and stay away from the Internet. Houston police arrested Manuel in January, after a woman he met in a suicide chat group reported his offer to strangle her during sex, then bury her in a grave in a state forest with a rose on her chest. The woman, with investigators...
  • Web of lies? Metris, others target Internet chat

    02/08/2003 7:02:58 AM PST · by Valin · 158+ views
    Mpls (red)Star Tribune ^ | 2/8/03 | Susan Feyder
    <p>Pitting a company's right to protect itself from defamation against the right of free speech, Metris Companies Inc. has sued two former employees, saying they posted defamatory and misleading messages about Metris and its recently ousted CEO, Ronald Zebeck, on Internet message boards.</p>