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New, by me: seriously, wipe your phones. Also, the Gates Foundation is crazy about safer sex.
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I forgot to share this! The amount of money they're stealing is mind-blowing.
Summary: RSA researchers uncovered a massive botnet fraud operation that has reaped nearly $4 billion through man-in-the-browser attacks that seamlessly intercept payment of Boletos -- Brazil's version of a money order.
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New, by me -- addressing one of the most targeted populations in the world: Digital privacy for sex workers: The Eros Guide provider series (link NSFW)
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New, by me. Quora let this get out of control, and they're not doing anything about it. Some of these stories will shock you. It's all vile.
Summary: "Quora's misogyny problem" is a tempest out of the teapot, and its current trolls-gone-wild state is a perfect example of why user based websites need to change the way they think about targeted users.
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Quora's policies and setups (and popups, yuck) are just nasty. The real name requirement also fosters harassment, particularly of women. I would never participate on that site because of it, and when I'm looking for answers to a question I always look anywhere else first.

It's especially troubling to me that Ask Metafilter has dropped off Google's radar, given this sort of thing -- while the barrier to membership exists there, it's very low, and persistent pseudonyms are a lot safer for anyone from a group that gets disproportionate harassment.
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It's a far cry from the company's 2011 position that they "do not track users across the web."
Summary: Facebook announced changes to its privacy and advertising policies on its company blog, extending Facebook's ability to track users outside of Facebook. This counters 2011's position that [we] "do not track users across the web."
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Adorable indie toy company with a female co-founder who does hardware hacking how-to -- and bonus points for the Doctor Who themed sex pun! (FYI: Link puts you in proximity to NSFW material.)
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I think you'll appreciate this one. Also, it's insane.
Summary: News of Facebook experimenting on its users' emotional states has rattled everyone. Worse, the tool used to perform the experiments is so flawed there's no way of knowing if users were harmed.
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How devoid are we? That we allow them to test us. And do nothing to test back? Simple," did you see my post" on no Facebook is down, again?
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New post: Slovakian design (art) with a mature twist (NSFW).
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New NSFW Sex News, with a surprising revelation in the press about sex offender registries -- it has been officially announced that the program does not work. 
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Awarded author, CNET and CBSi/ZDNet journalist, Zero Day reporter, Oprah's porn pundit, privacy fetishist, motard rider, incendiary device, constant controversy; sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc.
Don't get hacked. Make stalker-proof online profiles.

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"One of the 40 bloggers who really count."
-London Times

"Superstar sex writer - Violet Blue."
-Dan Savage

"Helpful, hip, wise and savvy" 
-Mary Roach

"Violet Blue is omnipresent on the Web."

"A connsumate expert, a gentle guide, and the most gorgeous companion." 
-Margaret Cho

"America's leading (very) public intellectual sexologist, Violet Blue." 
-The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies 

"Violet Blue is the leading sex educator for the Internet generation." 

"An anti-evangelist evangelist for sex and technology."

Awards and Honors:

Violet Blue ( is regarded as the foremost sexuality and tech expert and sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Attack of The Show). 

Violet has a popular technology column, CBS Interactive's Pulp Tech and is a CNET contributor.

She is the author and editor of over 40 books (print and digital) that have been translated into six languages.

She is regularly interviewed, and featured prominently by major media outlets including Wired (and Wired UK), Newsweek, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR,, BBC, CNN, NYT, LA Times, Cinematical, PBS: Mediashift, CBS, The History Channel, Esquire, Maxim and more. 

Violet's books have won many awards. Her book "The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn" is excerpted on The Oprah Winfrey website. Blue connected with an audience of over 4 million readers a month with her SF Chronicle column "Open Source Sex". 

Forbes and Oprah Winfrey have both called her podcast (Open Source Sex) "One of the Internet's most popular podcasts." Blue titled her podcast "Open Source Sex" for the intersection of technology and sex, and the free-flowing information exchange of the open source software movement. 

Blue is a freelance contributing writer for outlets such as CNN, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, MacLife, and UN sponsored health organization, RH Reality Check. She is regularly cited in print outlets ranging from Wired UK's "Experts Predict The Future" feature to David Levy's book "Love + Sex With Robots." Violet Blue was the sex expert and is featured across two chapters in Tim Ferriss' book "The Four-Hour Body."

Violet lectures about Internet sexuality to cyberlaw classes at UC Berkeley (Boalt; Samuelson Law Clinic), colleges and community teaching institutions, human sexuality programs at UCSF, tech conferences (ETech, LeWeb, Gnomedex and SXSWi), and also volunteers as an advisor and instructor about sexual health to sex crisis counselors. 

Oft-quoted and sourced, Violet has been a published writer in the field of sex, technology and these cultures since 1998. She has presented two Google Tech Talks at Google, Inc.

Watch Violet Blue talking to Oprah Winfrey on YouTube.

Articles and Columns, Print and Web:
  • 1998 Filth Magazine (Feature)
  • 1998-2005 Senior Copywriter, Good Vibrations (Print and Web)
  • 1999 Gothic Net Magazine (Feature)
  • 1999-2000 Columnist/Editor, Necromantic Magazine
  • 1999-2005 Columnist/Founding Editor, Good Vibes Magazine
  • 2007 O: The Oprah Magazine (Feature)
  • 2008 Forbes (Feature)
  • 2010 MacLife (Feature)
  • 2010 Maclife (Feature)
  • 2010 Bizarre Magazine (Feature)
  • 2010 Bizarre Magazine (Feature)
  • 2000 RH Reality Check (Feature)
  • 2007-2010 Columnist San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2010 Contributor: Read Write Web
  • 2010-present Contributing Editor, Columnist CBS Interactive's ZDNet - Pulp Tech
  • 2011 Lotus Magazine (Feature)
  • 2011-present CBS News contributor, journalist
  • 2012-present CNET contributor, journalist
  • 2012-present Zero Day contributor, journalist
Books Authored by Violet Blue:
  • 2002 Ultimate Guide: Cunnilingus
  • 2002 Ultimate Guide: Fellatio
  • 2003 Ultimate Guide: Adult Videos
  • 2003 Adventurous Couple’s Guide: Sex Toys
  • 2004 Ultimate Guide: Sexual Fantasy
  • 2005 Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn
  • 2006 Fetish Sex: An Erotic Guide for Couples
  • 2007 Smart Girl’s Guide to the G-Spot
  • 2007 Adventurous Couple’s Guide: Strap-On Sex
  • 2010 Seal It With A Kiss
  • 2010 (Revised) Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus (with Margaret Cho)
  • 2010 (Revised) Ultimate Guide to Fellatio (with Mary Roach)
  • 2011 Total Flirt
  • 2011 (Revised) Fetish Sex: A Complete Guide
  • 2012 (Revised) Smart Girl's Guide to the G-Spot (with Jesse Bering)
Books Edited by Violet Blue:
  • 2000 Sweet Life
  • 2003 Sweet Life 2
  • 2004 Taboo
  • 2005 Best Sex Writing
  • 2006 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2006 Lips Like Sugar
  • 2007 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2007 Lust
  • 2008 Best Women’s Erotica 
  • 2009 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2009 Girls On Top
  • 2010 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2010 Best of the Best Women's Erotica
  • 2010 Just Watch Me
  • 2010 Sweet Love
  • 2011 Best Women's Erotica
  • 2011 Sweet Danger
  • 2011 Best Women's Erotica 2012
  • 2012 One Night Only: Erotic Encounters
  • 2013 Best Women's Erotica 2013
  • 2013 Voracious: Erotica for Women
Introductions and Essays:
  • 2004 Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussell (essay)
  • 2005 Naked Ambition edited by Carly Milne, (essay)
  • 2005 Everything You Know About Sex is Wrong, edited by Russ Kick (essay)
  • 2005 Whipped, edited by Carol Queen (short story: fiction)
  • 2006 She’s Such A Geek, edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders (essay)
  • 2008 Best Sex Writing, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (essay)
  • 2008 101 Sexy Dares authored by Laura Corn (contributed text)
  • 2009 Pr0nnovation?: Pornography and Technological Innovation: Monochrom's Arse Elektronika Anthology, edited by Thomas Ballhausen, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Daniel Fabry and Gunther Friesinger (essay)
  • 2009 Best Sex Writing, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (essay)
  • 2010 Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?: Monochrom's Arse Elektronika Anthology, by Thomas Ballhausen, Johannes Grenzfurthner (essay)
  • 2010 Best Sex Writing, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (essay)
  • 2012 "69" (Tyler, editor)
  • 2012 Of Intercourse and Intracourse: Sexuality, Biomodification and the Techno-Social Sphere, edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner, Gunther Friesinger, Daniel Fabry (essay)
Self-Published Books (
  • 2007 Creatures of the Night
  • 2007 Erotic Role Play
  • 2008 Open Source Sex Ed
  • 2008 Sweet Heat
  • 2008 The Modern Safer Sex Guide
  • 2008 How to Kiss
  • 2012 Fetish Sex: A Complete Guide to Sexual Fetishes
Violet Blue is in no way associated with the unauthorized use of her name (or likeness) in pornographic films.
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