Rome Viharo’s personal Google search results are weaponized by a few disgruntled Wikipedia editors harassing him on RationalWiki, including the infamous internet troll Oliver D. Smith, blogger Tim Farley and RationalWiki’s David Gerard, all of whom were exposed in Viharo’s case study into Wikipedia editor suppression. Don’t fall for it.
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 show up in GoogleSearch alongside highly misleading and intentionally malicious articles about me in an attempt to diffuse some of it in a search.
I can assure you I am quite harmless.
That is about the best, and only, online defense someone like me has when Google search is weaponized to attack individuals on the internet by trolls. Really, there is nothing anyone can do about this, absolutely zero.
If you’re perplexed by this, join the club! If 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, reach out to me at WikiMedia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Soundcloud, or Tumblr)
So in my defense, if you’ve come across a few strange claims made about me online, such as me believing that “Google is sentient”, or that I’ve “co-authored papers on evolution with Rupert Sheldrake”, or being a “sock puppet mastermind” conducting a “global social media experiment”, a wild “promoter of pseudoscience”, or a “troll harassing and stalking Wikipedia editors”, I can assure you these intentionally misleading claims about me have gotten even worse over the years.
Since publishing WWHP, the targeting and harassment have been so extreme I’ve had to file an online report with the FBI.
These Wikipedia editors, some of whom I have uncovered and exposed, have attempted to dox me and created narratives around the web that I am a paranoid drug user, internet stalker, and crossing further criminal slanders into ‘pedophile’ and ‘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.]
I’m a pretty transparent person, and 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.
So the past few years have truly been strange, and unique, and rare. As traumatizing at times experiencing extreme harassment and stalking can be – it has also been rewarding, and illuminating – and creative.
Me in real life: I’m a media madman, a producer, creator, inventor, writer, developer, designer, and strategist.
2015 – 2018
Since 2015, I’ve been the founder and CEO of a start up, Audience Unlock, Inc and the creator of Native Smart technology.
I’m very excited about Native Smart technology. It allows websites or apps to have a secondary broadcast channel, and our unique CMS allows anyone to distribute a unique type of non-indexed content page called a “Smart Native Inserted Page” anywhere on the mobile web or to any mobile app. We reached a significant milestone in 2017, serving over 100,000 impressions a day towards the end of the year.
This year we are decentralizing our server, offering websites and apps an alternative to the “third party” problem like Google or ad tech, giving users the ability to serve, verify, and distribute the content without needing a third party at all. Our decentralized network will allow online users to store, trade, sell the value of their own attention in partnership with websites and apps, and we are launching the first truly decentralized network in 2018. Watch out for it!
I’m also a disgruntled former music producer and EMI recording artist, as well as a former digital filmmaker and SlamDance Alumni. I put aside those mediums years ago to dive into digital and viral media and technology. I was an early innovator of viral marketing (starting in 2005 at Anonymous Content), and for a bit produced, wrote and directed viral comedy for SuperDelux (2007, 2008).
I sold my first company, a boutique viral agency in 2011, and launched some of the most innovative social media campaigns in the world, including three SuperBowls. Those were fun days!
I’ve been an innovator, strategist, and consultant in web collaboration, media, and technology for over twelve years, often working with major global brands, agencies, online influencers and even a few celebrities.
In case you’re curious – my current professional bio is here.
2002 – 2018
I am also the developer and founder of aiki wiki, my passion project (online consensus building) for almost 15 years. This platform (coming soon) is a unique wiki platform and methodology for scaling online consensus building and handling things like online misinformation, trolling, and harassment. Since 2007, designing solutions architecture for many issues facing the web is and has been a big part of my life.
My personal interests and hobbies are Aikido, any form of collaborative media, Brazilian samba and bossa nova (50’s-70’s), Blue Note and Jazz (before 1968), early NYC hip-hop, Motown soul, Parliament funk, electronica, I love everything about punk (except for the music), Italian Mambo, storytelling, futurism, creative writing, and poetry, stand up comedy, technology, science, art, theater, sci-fi, all philosophy, design holism, psychology, intelligence, consciousness, problem-solving and dancing my ass off, I really want to learn how to tango.
I identify as an artist/designer/inventor, and I suppose if I had to define my worldview, I would consider myself an agnostic humanist who loves flirting with futurism.
Who cares? Really I always was annoyed by bios and stuff and never liked putting myself out there for some reason. Thanks to RationalWiki, I’m now finally motivated to do it.
You can find my personal blog here.
Music from my earlier incarnation as an EMI recording artist and producer.
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 the origins of the meme thereof), and used that as a metaphor for social media evolving to create a more collaborative government, without relying on government to do it. That project is located here.
TEDx Cardiff also had crappy production and sound, apologies in advance.