Project Name: iPredator/ACFEI Launch.
Project, Theory, and Article Author: Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C.
Project Team Members/Association: Michael Nuccitelli, Bart Panessa, Joseph Santiago, Lee Griggs, Don Stokes, Kate Eldridge, and the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI).
iPredator Definition: The iPredator is defined as a person(s) who engages in criminal, deviant, and/or abusive behavior(s) victimizing others via digital technology and telecommunications (i.e. computers, smart phones, text messaging, and digital surveillance etc.). Having the “cloak of invisibility” the internet affords, the iPredator hunts unfettered for his/her victims in cyberspace. Like all human predators, the iPredator shares psychopathic and antisocial personality constructs, but now uses the dimension of cyberspace. Examples of iPredators include cyberbullies, cyberstalkers, cyberterrorists, sexual predators, pedophiles, online predators, and white-collar fraud artists.
Project Rationale: By the end of 2012, telecommunication experts have projected 1.2 billion people will own and actively interface with mobile digital technology (i.e. mobile phones, smart phones, etc.). In addition to mobile digital devices, 80%- 90% of industrialized nation households will have computers in their homes. The growth of the internet and human interface is inevitable, but the iPredators ease of stalking does not have to be.
Children, adults, and senior citizens all use digital technology. The unfortunate reality is the iPredator is just as active and uses the same technology to seek out victims for exploitation. Just as wild animals assess, calculate, and stalk their food to survive; iPredators practice many of the same methods. They predominantly target the young, old, females, and perceived weak knowing these groups are more vulnerable. Victimization initiated using digital technology is growing at a feverish pace and will continue as telecommunications expand in both interface application and human reliance. As people become more reliant on cyberspace for social networking, business, communication, and “connection,” the iPredator waits in the shadows of cyberspace.
The iPredator project will attempt to compile significant data on the impact and growth of iPredators, evaluate if and how they differ from classical human predators, and educate the lay and professional community on how to identify iPredators endeavoring to reduce their probability and frequency of victimization.
Children, adults, and senior citizens all use digital technology. The unfortunate reality is the online predator is just as active and uses the same technology to seek out victims for exploitation. Just as wild animals assess, calculate, and stalk their food to survive; human iPredators practice many of the same methods. They predominantly target the young, old, and perceived weak knowing these groups are more vulnerable. Victimization initiated using digital technology is growing at a feverish pace and will continue as telecommunications expand in both interface application and human reliance. The iPredator is aware, prepared, and hopeful that society becomes a Dystopia.
Project Mission: With help from concerned citizens, community agencies, religious institutions, and business organizations, the goal will be to learn how to identify iPredators by their profiles, methods, and motivations. This project will include development of educational information so that the public may insulate themselves from iPredators. In essence, the iPredator ACFEI project is a “call to action.” Instead of being an advertising/marketing expression, the “call to action” related to iPredator is this projects mission goal symbolizing a societal alarm.
In addition to defining iPredator, an internet safety suite with software and educational guides to help parents educate their children and elderly loved ones packaged by ACFEI, Dr. Nuccitelli, and the iPredator team.
1. Create a profile for each type of iPredator.
2. Create a “call to action” plan for regional and national entities to participate in the iPredator Project.
3. Develop a standardized survey to investigate the growth and impact of the iPredator and concerns people have about this threat for their loved ones.
4. Write three consecutive articles to be published in The Forensic Examiner, providing an overview of the iPredator, the survey, call for participation, survey results, and concluding recommendations based on data compiled.
5. Set a date for final submission of completed surveys, compile survey data, and write the second article for The Forensic Examiner presenting survey data results with preliminary observations and recommendations.
6. With the help of advisory members, use data from surveys to develop common sense, easy to follow steps for people to take to protect themselves and their loved ones from the iPredator.
7. Finalize the iPredator Project with a third article in The Forensic Examiner, offering readers the survey results again, followed by prevention steps and intervention strategies.
8. The iPredator team will develop a website, article-marketing plan, and media exposure template/plan for ACFEI and team.
9. The iPredator team will assist ACFEI to become the national hub and resource for information, training, consultation, and education on iPredator.
10. The iPredator team and ACFEI engage the federal government and related agencies to become involved in a future government endorsed awareness/education campaign on iPredators identification, intervention, and prevention programs.
11. The iPredator team will develop a nomenclature to define and refine a method for communicating tenets of the iPredator.
12. The iPredator team and ACFEI will develop, with the help of educational experts, a K-12 curriculum based program focusing children on iPredator education and prevention.
13. The iPredator team and ACFEI will develop an educational program for older adults on iPredator education and prevention. 2011 is the first year the huge “baby boomer” segment enters age 65.
14. The iPredator team and ACFEI will develop an educational and awareness campaign for social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and dating sites (i.e. Match.com, eHarmony.com, etc.).
15. The iPredator team and ACFEI will develop a forensic structure-training program on iPredators.
16. The iPredator team and ACFEI will develop an academic template for colleges and universities to include formal education training and/or degrees on the iPredator.
ACFEI Article Deadline: First article authored by Dr. Nuccitelli submitted to ACFEI by 6/1/11 and either published in The Forensic Examiner or sent out as a Whitepaper with the future two articles coordinated and submitted one month prior to each publication.
iPredator/ACFEI Project Deadline: No deadline set as ACFEI becomes the national/international resource and hub for all education, certifications, and information on everything iPredator.
iPredator Survey: The survey will be developed by Dr. Nuccitelli with input from core advisory members. Advisory members are the individual project participants listed above and ACFEI representatives who will be actively involved in the iPredator project. The iPredator survey will be published for use in Dr. Nuccitelli’s first article in The Forensic Examiner, from Dr. Nuccitelli, and at the iPredator web site once developed.
iPredator Project Participant Benefits: ACFEI members and relevant participants/organizations will be mentioned in Dr. Nuccitelli's “Contributor Directory” by name and contact information in his ACFEI articles and Dr. Nuccitelli’s web sites, media opportunities, and hopeful rapid expansion of iPredators “call to action” campaign.
Sole participants can choose to add their research effort and participation to their curriculum vitae, contact Dr. Nuccitelli for character references regarding potential employment, and may have an opportunity to participate in media interviews related to this project.
Organizations will receive the same benefits as sole participants, but will also have their company named along with contact information in each of Dr. Nuccitelli's articles, web sites, etc. Media representatives interested in interviews will be directed to the “Contributor Directory.” Both sole participants and organizations are encouraged to use the articles in The Forensic Examiner as a tool for advertising and marketing purposes as well as templates for educating their employees, coworkers, and loved ones.
Those who work for healthcare, education, and religious organizations can use the information to educate patients, students, or members of religious groups. Individuals with children will have a comprehensive guide to educate their children with, even if they themselves are not computer and/or mobile phone savvy.
As discussed, planned, and projected by writer, ACFEI via proper marketing of the iPredator project will establish themselves as both a premiere forensic academic/certification association and the first national hub/resource for “anyone” seeking information on cyber predators, internet safety, internet crime, cyber homeland security, and various other related forensic functions. Establishing national resource status, ACFEI will increase and sustain their growing web site rankings, attorney referrals, memberships, and most importantly from a business standpoint, revenue.
In conclusion, the iPredator seeks human prey to bully, stalk, assault, and injure. Their targets are those that are ill equipped, unsuspecting, and/or ignorant to their tactics and strategies. The iPredator uses the cloak of digital technology to achieve a level of anonymity never before possible. Further insulating them from being identified is the fact that most people do not discuss these issues because they are either ignorant to the prevalence of the iPredator or they simply have yet to recognize the size, growth, and impact that digital technology has had on society.
As society allows digital and internet technology to become increasingly central to their lives, the people who make up society are unknowingly becoming more disconnected, isolated, and repressed. Under the theory of Dystopia, society becomes more susceptible to conspiracies, control, manipulation, and loss of privacy. The psychological and sociological detriments are even more daunting. As mentioned above, the iPredator eagerly waits for this slow societal demise.
Digital technology, like everything in life, is a double-edged rapier. Mobile phone technology, Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging, has helped to mobilize a revolution in the Middle East. The antithesis of these achievements is the iPredator. This project and future endeavors hopes to target, identify, and reduce the capacity for the iPredator and nefarious groups to prey upon and victimize others.
Update: As of 4/23/11, Dr. Nuccitelli has been successful in trademarking iPredator and the iPredators conceptual framework. As of 5/4/11, Dr. Nuccitelli has finished his introductory chapter for his first book titled “Dark Psychology” and available to anyone free of charge upon request. Developed by Dr. Nuccitelli, Dark Psychology is his conceptual/theoretical framework for all deviant/criminal behaviors and central to the understanding of the iPredator. It is not necessary to subscribe to his theoretical tenets of Dark Psychology to understand the profile and modus operandi of the iPredator.
iPredator Team Short Term Objectives: 1. Secure an appropriate iPredator domain name and begin construction of the iPredator web site. 2. Secure and define the role ACFEI will have regarding iPredator. 3. Dr. Nuccitelli completes his first iPredator article for ACFEI’s magazine The Forensic Examiner or Formal White Paper. 4. Expand the iPredator team to include educational, media, therapeutic, and religious/spiritual consultants. 5. Dr. Nuccitelli to complete his second chapter on Dark Psychology and his first chapter of his second manuscript titled iPredator. 6. Secure a regional alcohol/drug abuse and mental health facility to become a resource for Dr. Nuccitelli and the iPredator team on behavioral healthcare, and addiction recovery. 7. Set up and activate the 20 social media sites recently initiated by the trademark company iPredators trademark was initiated with.
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Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C.
NYS Licensed Psychologist