A 58-year-old grandmother is sentenced to three years' probation and must attend cognitive behavioral therapy sessions as part of her criminal file-sharing sentence. Violet Blue asks psychologist Dr. Keely Kolmes, PsyD, if file-sharing is now considered a disorder.
Violet Blue unapologetically covers the intersection of tech trends and media stories about corruption, hypocrisy and redemption from tech's fault line, San Francisco.
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 includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.
First proposed as a free social media dating simulator, Cloud Girlfriend offers a faux “girlfriend experience” while Violet Blue wonders why they didn't take their dating sim lessons from Japan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just published its official Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide, but left out emergency tech preparedness. Violet Blue has tips for tech survival during a zombie outbreak.
Anonymous’ roots and actions remain steps ahead of pop media, who think they’re a pimply teenage army, and Anonymous has a complex history. Despite Anonymous’ online evolution, people still seem to confuse Anonymous with “Revenge Of The Nerds.
Google's famous developer conference - Google I/O 2011 - ushered 5,000 attendees into San Francisco's Moscone Center. Violet Blue was there, observing that Google is making sacrifices Apple wouldn't dream of.
Interviews with one convicted pedophile and UK researchers conclude that Internet porn makes monsters, while National Geographic sets to air a similarly dubious segment of their series "Taboo." Violet Blue thinks their fear of technology proves they're stuck in the past.
A tech figure's final request is fulfilled when his wife publishes his post-mortem blog post - just days before the Digital Death unconference, provoking emotions and questions about death, mourning, data storage and fragility in the digital age.
Tech news site Neowin.net is the target of a bogus complaint resulting in Facebook fanpage removal for the second time without warning or recourse.
A privacy flap over Dropbox comes just a week after the EFF updated its Privacy and Protection Report Card, a ratings system on today's top tech companies.
ZDNet's 20th anniversary: Violet Blue looks back on pornography and the Internet in 1991.