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On August 8 I launched dickpiclocator. Although there obviously are various prerequisites for this to even work, the broader response has been overwhelmingly positive. My underlying reason for this whole endeavour however has been to create an artefact that can illustrate the complexity of ethically sound web-based services and increase general awareness of what is contained in our digital footprints. Her amazing work in dealing with threats and violations online has awarded her the human rights prize of the Swedish United Nations Association.

The same has empowered more women to speak up and the huge scale of this problem is nigh impossible to ignore when you try to understand the types of harassment many women endure in the digital age. The DickPicLocator was an idea that unexpectedly popped into my head when I was trying to go back to sleep after waking up too early on Sunday morning.

Here is a description from the show notes of the episode named Revealing Selfies. Not Like That. Most importantly, it struck me how amazingly simple it would be to put together. There was very little programming for me to do as most of what I did has already been done and shared on the Internet. I realized it may get a lot of traffic so building it fast-loading would be important.

I used the Skeleton CSS framework and made sure not to have the start be too heavy. In fact, building this website took me less than six hours. It is rather important to realize that there is absolutely nothing technically unique about the tool I have built.

In fact, finding the location of any photo can be done on your smartphone, without the use of my website. If you think about it, many phones today allow you to plot your photos on a map. The primary thing really that has given the website traction is the name, and in part the written content on the website. I like to think that my own credibility has contributed to some extent as well, although I purposely made it quite difficult at first for visitors to ascertain who was behind it all.

Hence it is my understanding of communication, copywriting and human curiosity that enabled me to spark interest for the tool. The tech is not new, or complicated. I may have given the impression that the abundant sending of dick pics is something well-known. Let me rephrase: it is well-known within certain circles. There is a tendency an alarming one, as I see it to regard these problems as inferior. I saw an opportunity to bring attention to the widespread existence of a world where dick pics are a thing of everyday life to the extent that they do not even come close to triggering surprise.

Part of why dick pics upset me so much is that they are often sent from men hiding behind anonymous s. Whereas I see lots of reasons why it would be important to protect the possibility of being anonymous, this is not one of them. I saw the opportunity to empower recipients of dick pics and shift the power balance between the parties. Knowing location would be one factor in this power struggle. I was imagining this as a possible route and turn of events. But of course, how each individual power struggle might play out after my service is used, with a confirmed location in hand and a sourced address at that location, I of course have no idea.

Early feedback on the website focused on trust and what would happen with the data. These are entirely valid and relevant questions. I decided for ethical reasons I would not save photos and I would not track users in any way. I have not added Google Analytics to the site. All these would require more legalese text and user consent forms. Photos are in fact deleted within a second of being ed. At the same time I wanted to save some data.

In my head it would be interesting to see what areas of the world I would get the most coordinates from. With the worldwide media coverage this site is getting I decided to to take this step as I was receving a lot of questions about of visitors. Note that no data is shared with a third party so nothing like Google Analytics ; this tool is installed on my web host and respects if you have DoNotTrack enabled in your browser. Someone quickly pointed out that a list of coordinates, if it got out, would implicate someone as having sent a dick pic from those coordinates even if someone was ing an entirely different genre of photo for analysis.

Not believing there is such a thing as being immune to hackers I reiterated and now only municipality names along with country , timestamp and camera model are saved for each pic. And the counter is incremented by one for each successful . Hence I am somewhat, but not completely, surprised at the of uplo happening right now as I am writing. There is just something about free services that draw people like moths to flames. Part of the problem I want to address and create awareness around.

Are you about to a picture to a service without fully considering how the photo will be used? Sure it says the photo will be deleted, but can you trust this? Although an underlying intent here may be interpreted as empowering recipients of dick pics there is no way I can influence what a person actually does with the data. On the whole a devastating experience for the harasser perhaps but one can argue back and forth about the ethics of that. In a sense I would want the decision about repercussions to lie with the recipient of the dick pick.

Given this, I would however not take complete responsibility of the human effects of my tool. Hmm, much like most social media websites. The result will unfortunately be that women will be more unsafe on the Internet, not less. What I would argue however is that my tool , as I have mentioned, is in no way unique. The ability to retrieve the location data for any tagged picture is something that can be done with many other online tools, or even with built-in functionality on most smartphones.

While you may read my tool as being what the label says, a Dick Pick Locator, my true intent goes beyond this:. The increased awareness of the omnipresent dick pic phenomenon, and the empowerment of sufferers of the same, is a bonus and an aid in spreading the message of how pictures can make you vulnerable in unexpected ways. The thing is, without my website the retrieval of locations from photos will still continue. And many people will continue to be in the dark about this until they suffer the consequences. Your photos contain a lot of information about your life, perhaps more than you could ly imagine.

Maybe you should treat your photos with more care. My solid belief is that it is better for people to become aware than to stay unaware. It is better they learn about these weaknesses in the fabric of the internet than to keep behaving in a manner that unknowingly puts them at risk of being targeted by others for ill purposes. Perhaps some people will even start taking down photos they did not intend for people to read the location from. If the latter happens, if people start thinking more about the information shared in their online photos and post in a more considered manner, my message has been received.

While hardware and software developers may see it as beneficial that photos are tagged with coordinates without the consent or even complete awareness of the user, I believe that this is one of the core ethical dilemmas that need to be adressed: what responsibility do the developers have for building awareness rather than staying silent about the potential risks of the decisions they make? The idea of monetizing a tool like this had not really occurred to me but it does bring to light a problem I see in many startups, de agencies and various marketing professions.

Sometimes I can see professionals defining a persona such as a super-stressed working single mother as a target group for service X. Service X may be something that is ethically sound, perhaps helping people recycle. The premise then being: how can we help these people, who have very little time because their lives are really difficult, recycle more.

The issue with this is that the target group itself is a problem waiting to be solved, not a perpetual state to build for. And so if we define target groups with inherent problem sets and build solutions for these target groups, our business will suffer if the target groups we are building for do not persist.

Organizations will organically work to maintain the suffering that the target groups are experiencing because otherwise their service will become obsolete. An easy way to think of this is to consider how the the fossil fuel car industry has resisted renewable energy sources for so long due to their fear of becoming obsolete.

In the same way if someone were to monetize a service such as the DickPicLocator, it would make good business sense to promote the sending of dick pics. Okay, but how useful is this tool really? The thing is, and I have tested this, that some messaging services actually strip data from pictures when they are sent over their networks.

In such cases the coordinates are no longer available to the recipient. A decision made entirely by these messaging services and also not communicated to the users. My best-case scenario is that potential dick pick perpetrators are the ones who try the tool, and upon seeing their own house on a map are deterred from following through.

Whether or not the messaging services actually do save the coordinates somewhere I can not answer, but I would suspect that they do. That data is valuable. It can be monetized. And remember how the podcast Note to Self so eloquently put it:. I honestly doubt that many profit-driven businesses would even consider NOT saving GPS data about the users of their services. Anonymized, you say? True anonymization is in fact much more difficult than most companies would care to admit. Which brings us to a new level of moral dilemma. The service may know where the perpetrator who harasses you lives, but you have little or no control over the data that could help you gain justice.

We give up our data and we also give up our control over the data. This is the cost of free. In my case, people may have questioned the validity of my claims that I do not save data. They may suspect that I actually want to monetize on the data. Or people may not trust that I have the know-how to keep the data safe. What worries me is that these suspicions do not seem to apply when regularly sharing data with private companies that happen to have a free app that you like to use.

For a while everything may seem okay but all of a sudden a company hits financial challenges. The answer is probably in the small print, but reading terms of service and privacy policies has become a joking matter these days. We all know that nobody re them. Yet nobody seems equipped to address this issue.

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