It’s yet another iteration of that ancient cliché, ‘men are interested in ideas and women are interested in people’.
Apart from being sexist, this is fundamentally illogical.
Rather than retreating, we’re going to become more transparent.
We’d like to be the first ones to push with this idea that the whole industry should make safety non-negotiable.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with being interested in people.
What’s wrong is the belief that this is a distinctive and universal female trait.
The head of Sulake, creator of the social-networking service Habbo, faced a public outcry after a two-month TV news investigation found the company’s virtual-world site, which had 250 million registered users, to be “full of pornographic sexual chat despite the fact that it is aimed at children as young as 13 years old.” The report prompted venture-capital firm Balderton Capital to drop its stake in Habbo and retailers stopped selling access cards for the game.At the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, he recently called for an online safety standard and collaboration among sites, making game worlds safer for kids. Then I’m going to talk about the need for the industry to actually set standards around what good safety is.Because right now everyone is positioning themselves, alone, as…”I set a standard by doing X.Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at London’s City University, has been refining a device called a Kissinger: a set of pressure-sensitive artificial lips that can transmit a kiss from a real mouth to a similar device owned by a partner who might be thousands of miles away.The Kissinger system has been in development for about eight years, with the latest model designed to plug into a smartphone. For about 12 years I have been suffering from an addiction to calling sex chat lines.