Sex Tech: Cisco's cloud, porn piracy, Boobstagram

Summary:Cisco backs down from porn filter, porn's anti-filesharing lawyers think no one is innocent, Boobstagram exists, teen sexting now commonplace and more.

This week's sex and technology roundup includes Cisco's failed cloud porn filter, a study about teen sexting, Brazil's victory over a global child porn ring and an app I wish existed, Boobstagram.

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Sexed up iPhones, and Boobstagram

To put it mildly, Apple has never embraced human sexuality, adult content or anything resembling hanky-panky.

Despite this, users are wont to sexualize the iPhone

The randy kids over at Buzzfeed make a strong case for the iPhone's cultural influence on our sex lives - even if we're the ones doing the sexualizing.

Regardless, the post is fun - and a great excuse for me to tell you about the cute breast cancer awareness site Boobstagram (Twitter link), which is exactly what it sounds like, and while there is no nudity on the site it definitely is not safe for work.

Sexting: not even first base?

In a report that surprised no one that remembers what it was like to be a hormone-crazed teenager, a new study shows that more than a quarter of teens send sexy texts to each other.

According to research published in the July 2012 issue of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, sexting is no big deal - 31% of teens said they'd initiated sexting.

The findings are causing pundits to wonder if sexting as a normalized behavior among younger generaitons will prove out that sexting will be seen as non-scandalous to the next generation of adults, much like how today's adults engage in behaviors now considered flirting that were once taboo.

Porn anti-filesharing lawyers: no one is innocent

Porn is going way too far with their mass anti-filesharing lawsuits – again.

The anti-filesharing lawsuits broought by porn companies are legendary in their outrageousness (suing over 30,000 people at a time in at least one instance).

In a recent interview, Big Porn's lawyers have revealed that they believe innocent people are as rare as "seeing a unicorn" and see no reason to stop the shakedowns.

The EFF comments to MSNBC, “They don’t really care who they’re targeting; they don’t really care whether people have actually infringed their clients’ copyrights or not.”

Cisco attempts forced porn and torrent filter on customers, backs down

This week Cisco pushed a firmware update to routers that took away user control - and users were outraged.

The router update "Cisco Connect" forced users through their anti-porn, anti-filesharing cloud controls – while Cisco silently removed a significant and important section of users’ privacy Terms.

Ars Technica reported on the change and user anger, while providing a how-to for people to undo the filter-y damage to their internet experience.

Shortly after, user outcry increased: Cisco backed down and removed the "Cisco Connect" cloud service from customers' default settings.

Groupon doesn't keep Kink.com down

Discounted tours to Kink.com are now available for purchase through the San Francisco Gate’s Daily Deals website.

The promotion comes a month after the studio was dropped by online discounter Groupon.com.

The adult studio is housed in a San Francisco landmark building, The Armory, and tours are age restricted to those 18 and up.

Despite this, national family and religious groups pressured Groupon to drop the tour package in its local listings - many hoped Groupon would stay the course, but the discount retailer caved to pressure.

Sex work's starring role in YouTube original series

Blue is a new original web series that is part of YouTube’s effort to offer original programming and Google’s larger move from Internet gatekeeper to content creator.

The series follows Blue (played by Julia Stiles), a single mom who has a daytime office job and does sex work on the side to, as she explains it, “make ends meet.”

Shockingly large online CP ring smashed by Brazilian police

Brazilian police said Thursday they have broken up a ring that used Internet file sharing to distribute child pornography in at least 34 countries.

Police said in an earlier statement that users were located in 34 countries including the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Britain and Venezuela.

Topics: Censorship, Cisco, Cloud, iPhone, Legal

About

Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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