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Anonymous asked: Re: your "rule about naked people" -- How about people who take nude photos of themselves not be stupid and use storage devices that can be hacked, like cloud storage (or take any risks close to that)? Just HOW much personal responsibility does your generation need to shed before you get it through your thick skulls that it only costs $20 for a decent external hard drive these days? :|


"The lock on your diary wasn’t very good, so it’s your fault I read your diary."

It is the people who refuse to see the possibility of a better world who will never change it. My vote—ignore those people and invent better systems; technological, social, legal. These people who throw their hands up and say “it is what it is” will disappear into the past, we will create a better future.

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News broke yesterday that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence had been “leaked” online. The truth is they were stolen. They were hacked from her personal technology. They were posted online without her consent. This is a crime. And possibly worst of all, this is something women are supposed to expect… We live in a society where women’s bodies are a commodity to be sold, whether they agree to it or not. And some of the same people who complain about the NSA or Facebook invading their personal privacy will be the same people searching and spreading around these photos.

Large-Scale Hack Lands Stolen Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence & Other Celebrities Online | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)


We are absolute shit at handling crimes like this, yes, but this is a crime. You’re not removed from this situation if you look at these photos, you’re participating in the sexual exploitation and body violation of a person against their consent.

I’m sure that this is preaching to the choir for most of tumblr (I <3 you, tumblr), but gah, I’m so upset by this and by the virality of it and by the whole….just by imagining being in this situation. Sure, there are shitty people out there who will always try to do this, who will always participate in it by sharing. But for the rest of us, let’s be widely and strongly vocal about how much pain and outrage this causes. I’m not concerned with the assholes who decide to hurt people consciously, but with the vast majority of people who just kinda don’t realize what a horrible thing this is to do to someone, who become the crowd that mindlessly shares and violates and persecutes on a scale of millions and millions.

How do we protect people—children, women, minorities, lgbt+, bullied, persecuted, anyone who becomes a target, human beings—in a world where outgroup bias can rocket through millions and millions of people in minutes, where deindividuation and depersonalization is perpetuated through digital tools and the implicit consensus of thoughtless users? This is THE online identity problem to solve. 

As a psychologist, as well, I hope that we will be able to develop better digital citizen education for children; understandings of personhood need to be extended and broadened to directly address these situations. We are in a chaotic, nascent time when the law and social norms have not caught up with the technology we’ve created. It’s up to us to develop the norms about privacy and protection and respect that we want this new world to follow.

(via themarysue)

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