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Let's talk about Non-Consensual Pornography.

December 13, 2022

Non-consensual pornography, also known as "revenge porn," or NCP is already a growing problem in our society. This type of digital violence involves the distribution of sexually explicit images or videos without the subject's consent.

The victims of NCP often have their lives turned upside down as a result of these images or videos being shared without their knowledge or consent. These images can be shared on various websites or social media platforms, and once they are out there, it can be difficult to remove them without the help of someone who has the title CISSP behind their name.

We now have an additional source to be concerned with: the use of AI-generated non-consensual pornography, being fed by the existing database of it on the internet.

We tried it. It didn't take long for members of our team to get AI-rendered, salacious photos of themselves. One shot, and it was already a photo that you wouldn't be comfortable sending to your boss.

(Compare it to a male member of our team – whose photos were all perfectly suitable for a LinkedIn profile photo.)

Not only can the distribution of these images be embarrassing and emotionally damaging for the victims, but it can also have serious consequences for their personal and professional lives. Some victims have reported losing their jobs, experiencing significant strain in their personal relationships, have been harassed in public as a result of their photos being posted online.

It's important to remember that just because an image or video is sexually explicit, it does not mean that the person depicted in it has given their consent for it to be shared. Sharing sexually explicit images or videos without the subject's consent is a violation of their privacy and can have serious consequences - one of them being to feed the AI that has become a part of the zeitgeist.

If you have been a victim of NCP, it's important to know that you have options. You can contact law enforcement, who can help you take legal action against the person who shared the images or videos. You can also contact organizations that specialize in helping victims of NCP who can provide you with support and guidance. If you haven't been a victim of this, there are steps you can take to protect the photos you keep—such as not storing them on cloud-based shared drives, or clicking on links that are from untrusted or unsolicited sources.

It's important for all of us to be aware of the impact of non-consensual pornography and to take steps to prevent it. This means being careful about the images and videos we share, and not sharing sexually explicit content without the subject's consent. It also means speaking out against non-consensual pornography and standing up for the rights of victims. Together, we can work to make sure that this type of violation is not tolerated in our society.

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