Rome Viharo is being targeted online in a harassment campaign by a few Wikipedia editors doxing me via RationalWiki. Google search has been compromised. Don’t fall for it. Please read this to learn more.
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 in 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.
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 being a “sock puppet mastermind”, “promoter of pseudoscience”, or a troll harassing Wikipedia editors, I can assure you the claims about me get even worse.
For years now, since publishing WWHP, the targeting and harassment has 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.]
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)
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’ve been producing and designing digital and viral media, media strategies for large brands and global agencies, music, film, TV, and technology for over 25 years.
Since 2015, I’ve been the founder and CEO Audience Unlock, Inc and the inventor of Native Smart technology. We are a pre-funded early stage, post revenue, platform for content distribution on the web.
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.
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 former digital filmmaker. I put aside those mediums to dive into digital media and technology. I was an early innovator of viral marketing, and for a bit produced viral comedy for SuperDelux. 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 a even a few celebrities.
In case you’re curious – my current professional bio is here.
I am also the developer and founder of aiki wiki, 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, storytelling, futurism, creative writing, stand up comedy, technology, science, art, theater, sci-fi, philosophy, design holism, pre-1968 jazz, early NYC hip-hop, Motown soul, Parliament funk, electronica, psychology, intelligence, consciousness, problem-solving and dancing my ass off. Oh if I only had more time.
I identify personally as an agnostic humanist and artist/designer/inventor.
I loved everything about punk (except for the music).
I really want to learn how to tango.
You can find my personal blog here.
Music from my earlier incarnation as a record 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 using that is a metaphor for social media evolving to create a more collaborative government.That project is located here.
TEDx Cardiff also had crappy production and sound, apologies in advance.