Rome Viharo is a blogger who is targeted in an online misinformation campaign. Google search has been compromised. Watch out for it. Please read this to learn more. RationalWiki, EncyclopediaDramatica, Kiwifarms, and other forums have been weaponized in this campaign.
My apologies for the drama, but online harassment has had genuine affects on my professional and personal life and the bold text above is meant to signal Google’s metadata in search to attempt to diffuse some of it.
I can assure you I am quite harmless.
That is about as best of an online defense someone like me has when Google search is weaponized to attack individuals on the internet by trolls.
In my own defense, if you’ve come across a few strange claims made about me online, such as me believing that Google is sentient, or being a ‘sock puppet mastermind’, “promoter of pseudoscience”, or a troll harassing Wikipedia editors, I can assure you the claims about me get worse.
Online trolls have created narratives around the web that I am a paranoid drug user, internet stalker, and even a few charges I am a ‘fornicator’ who conducts sex orgies. [update: as of 3/17, this campaign against me as turned into blackmail – I am in contact with the proper authorities on this issue.]
If you’re perplexed by this and you are researching me for any purpose, please feel free to reach out and ask me anything, I am an open book. (You can email me at rome.viharo through gmail)
I’ve nothing in my online and offline life to be ashamed of, and as nasty as these ‘weaponized’ narratives are about me, they are pretty much equally as false and misleading as they are ridiculous. They are intentionally designed to not embarrass, but to destroy someone’s life and reputation.
I welcome these attacks now on me as part of my study, over three years old, into editor suppression on Wikipedia and tactics used in what are known as Wikiwars.
Since Oct of 2013 when I began my independent inquiry into editor suppression occurring on Wikipedia I have detailed my experiences with harassment following two major Wikipedia ‘wars’, the biographical articles of Rupert Sheldrake and Deepak Chopra.
This journey introduced me to a very peculiar online sub culture known as ‘skeptic activism’ who collaborate across a number of wikis and blogs.
As for what I do, I’ve been involved with writing, designing and creating, digital and viral media, music, film, TV, and technology for over 25 years.
A disgruntled former music producer and digital filmmaker, I’ve been an innovator in web collaboration, media and technology for over twelve years.
In case you’re curious – my current professional bio is here.
Currently, I am the CEO and founder of Audience Unlock, Inc and the inventor of Native Smart technology.
I am also the developer and founder of aiki wiki, a unique wiki platform for building large scale rational and honest consensus on complex problems or topics.
My personal interests and hobbies are Aikido, any form of collaborative media, story telling, futurism, creative writing, stand up comedy, technology, science, art, sci fi, design, philosophy, holism, pre-1968 jazz, early NYC hip hop, Motown soul, Parliament funk, electronica, world music, psychology, intelligence, consciousness, and problem solving.
I identify personally as an agnostic humanist and artist/designer.
I loved everything about punk (except for the music).
I really want to learn how to tango.
I’m also a proud parent and raise a son.
You can find my personal blog here.
Fun Stuff: I gave a TEDx presentation in 2011 called ‘Google Consciousness’. Google Consciousness is a ‘meme’ Maf Lewis and I co engineered, a story that plays with the possibility of a sentient Google, and using that is a metaphor for social media evolving to create a more collaborative government.
We launched the meme on stage at the TEDx event. It became an editorial pick of the week by TED and was #1 most popular TEDx talk in the world for over 9 months.
Since our TEDx talk in 2011, the ‘meme’ ‘Google Consciousness’ continues to evolve and spread.
A search engine that can evolve sentience became the foundation of the 2015 sci fi film ‘Ex-Machinima’ and since our TEDx talk, a number of countries have begun to use social media for government consensus building (while aiki.wiki gets closer and closer to reality.)
Additionally, who woulda thunk we ever would have had a ‘Twitter president’? An unexpected curve to our hypothesis.
This TEDx talk also features somewhat in the background of Wikipedia events on WWHP. In the talk, I speak very idealistically about Wikipedia, highlighting progress made in 2006 between Israeli and Palestinian Wikipedia editors – which became my motivation for studying ‘wiki wars’, joining the Sheldrake wiki war some 4 years later.
That project is located here.
TEDx Cardiff also had crappy production and sound, apologies in advance.