New “Support Circle” feature in Predator Alert Tool for Twitter helps cyberbullying targets get help from friends

Tonight’s update to the Predator Alert Tool for Twitter adds a feature inspired by the award-winning Circle of 6 anti-violence iPhone app to help cyberbullying targets call for help when they need it: Your Support Circle are other Twitter users who you know and trust to publicly back you up when you’re getting bullied on […]

Predator Alert Tools for OkCupid, Facebook, and Twitter featured by LifeHacker.com

The Predator Alert Tool for OkCupid was featured on LifeHacker’s “After Hours” sex and dating themed site: Predator Alert is a userscript, which means you’ll first need to install Tampermonkey for Chrome, or Greasemonnkey for Firefox, and then install Predator Alert. Once installed, the add-on will prompt you to log in to your profile, and […]

Predator Alert Tool for Twitter is here.

I released the code for my proof-of-concept and first functional prototype of the Predator Alert Tool for Twitter to the public domain. If you want to try it out yourself, you can use the public Predator Alert Tool for Twitter facilitator at https://pat-twitter.herokuapp.com. I’ve seeded it with a demonstration warnlist called “Reputation-addicted putzes” onto which […]

Unlike Twitter itself, Predator Alert Tool for Twitter is a private-by-default, public-by-effort application.

I’m still hacking away on Predator Alert Tool for Twitter, but I’ve just finished putting some final wax and polish on the user interface for warnlist privacy options. What’s really exciting about this is that, unlike Twitter itself, in Predator Alert Tool for Twitter, “private” actually means what it says on the tin. When you […]

Easy template injection in JavaScript for userscript authors, plugin devs, and other people who want to fuck with Web page content

The Predator Alert Tool for Twitter is coming along nicely, but it’s frustratingly slow going. It’s extra frustrating for me because ever since telling corporate America and its project managers to go kill themselves, I’ve grown accustomed to an utterly absurd speed of project development. I know I’ve only been writing and rewriting code for just under two weeks (I think—I honestly don’t even know or care what day it is), but still.

I think it also feels extra slow is because I’m learning a lot of new stuff along the way. That in and of itself is great, but I’m notoriously impatient. Which I totally consider a virtue because fuck waiting. Still, all this relearning and slow going has given me the opportunity to refine a few techniques I used in previous Predator Alert Tool scripts.

Here’s one technique I think is especially nifty: template injection.

User interface preview of Predator Alert Tool for Twitter: it’s like “fuck you” but with more JavaScript

As some of you may already be aware, I’ve been working on the next Predator Alert Tool project. This time, it’s for Twitter. Predator Alert Tool for Twitter is the first fully decentralized (unhosted), yet still peer-to-peer capable Predator Alert Tool. Like the other PATs, it will be 100% free to use forever and the […]

Tumblr censors you to protect rapists.

Comparisons are useful for the differences they highlight. So, first, here is a showcase of two different interactions with Tumblr support. Then, a short story about men with cameras. Two email exchanges. A story about men with cameras. Ready? First email exchange. Some months ago, I received an email from a follower of mine on […]

Predator Alert Tool conversation at Coder Day of Service

A few months ago, a Predator Alert Tool co-creator and I got to speak with participants at a hackathon for social good. They were inspired by the Predator Alert Tool suite and wanted to build something on it, or similar to it. Mostly, they wanted to get up to speed with background information as quickly […]

So, you work for The Borg, do you? An anecdote of adiophora in Silicon Valley.

At a recent party in Silicon Valley, I met a dude who worked for Palantir and was baking a pie. He said he loved his job. And he loved baking pies. “Oh, you have it all wrong,” he told me in between glances at the oven. “We don’t make surveillance equipment. We just make the […]

Bring Your Own Content: Virtual Self-Hosting Web Publishing

Dear LifeHacker readers, you may be under the impression this tool is designed for hosting your own content, rather than providing a way to easily piggyback on the robust Web hosting services provided for free from outlets such as Tumblr.com and WordPress.com. Please read this clarifying comment for a more appropriate contextualization about the intended […]