EHarmony and Match.com formally agree to screen for sex offenders, health officials want to use social networks against the spread of STDs, Pakistan blocks a popular sex ed site, and much more...
The phrase "that's what she said" is a popular, playful and sexually lewd remark commonly injected into conversations when someone's statement sounds like a dirty double-entendre.
It's funny when your friend didn't mean to talk about the size of his hard drive quite like that - but when you're a girl it can get a little old sometimes.
Jessamyn Smith had the last straw when an IRC chatbot set to interject "that's what she said" into conversations went overboard.
So she wrote her own bot in response - set to respond to every "that's what she said" with a quote from a notable woman.
- What she really said: Fighting sexist jokes the geeky way! (Geek Feminism Blog)
Making digital dating safer, hopefully
The accuracy of sex offender databases is a topic of much contention, but after a woman was assaulted by a man with a criminal record through a dating site (and a lawsuit followed), something was bound to change in the way dating sites handle their client databases.
In an agreement with California's attorney general, sites including Match.com and EHarmony will cross-check applications with sex-offender databases and work harder to verify data in user profiles.
Google Play starts content crackdowns
Google Play banned a popular Reddit Android app over spurious adult content violations - for linking to pages that *link* to adult content.
The policy had always been in place, but had not moved to harshly enforce it until recently.
Using social networks to track STDs
It sounds controversial, but has interesting implications: at the four-day International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, a health official made the case for tracking and controlling the spread of sexually transmitted infections and diseases by using connections and social vectors on websites such as Facebook.
The U.S. needs a more holistic approach to control the spread of sexually transmitted infections, a leading expert in the field says.
Health officials should search social networking websites to trace the spread and treat of such infections, Dr. Peter Leone, professor of medicine and epidemiology at University of North Carolina, said.
Leone emphasized the use of social networks when an infection is found. By working with a patient to identify the people he or she had sexual contact with, efforts can be focused on higher-risk individuals, he said.
- Sex Infections Expert Looks to Social Networks for Help (Live Science)
Pakistan blocks popular and non-explicit American sex ed website
In its ongoing censorship of the internet, Pakistan has blocked access to Scarleteen, a sex education website geared towards teenagers.
The website has apparently been banned as part of the PTA’s attempt to shut access to all pornographic content to Pakistani internet users.
The website is a nonprofit organization and trusted source aimed at encouraging safe dialogue with teens and their parents about sexual health questions and sexual situations and was established in 1998.
- Pakistan blocks access to teen sex-ed site (The Express Tribune)