No matter how sophisticated our technology gets, we humans stay the same.
We all carry incredibly powerful computers in our pocket that can tap into the vast history of human knowledge at any given time. And they can also take pictures of penises.
Unfortunately for some people, we seem to be disproportionately preoccupied with the latter. So much so that it’s evidently become a problem that needs fixing.
At least that’s what Swedish web designer Per Axbom believes. So he created a website that makes it easy for people who have been sent unwanted lewd photographs to find out the GPS coordinates of where the image was taken, and presumably take the appropriate retribution – he suggests maybe forwarding it to the person’s family.
The website is, rather aptly, called “D–k Pic Locator” and launched last week. So far the site has been used over 6,000 times, according to a counter on the homepage.
“I combined my understanding of women being subjected to dick pics on a daily basis with my knowledge of what data is contained within many images today. The D–k Pic Locator is really just a service that has been waiting to happen,” Axbom told The Local.
Will likely reach 5,000 uploads within an hour… https://t.co/YK2ToA0hdQ
— DickPicLocator™ (@DickPicLocator) August 13, 2017
The phenomenon of unsolicited graphic images is by no means unique to Sweden. In fact, The Post reported that women on New York City public transportation are being AirDropped crude pictures without their consent.
However, there are obvious privacy issues with Axbom’s site because users can upload any old photo to find where it was taken. That being said, all photos have a bunch of revealing metadata embedded in them which detail information including the type of device it was taken on, the time it was taken and the location.
However, to access such metadata you usually need the original copy of the photo. A screenshot won’t do and if it was sent over social media sites like Facebook much of the data will be wiped or altered.
There are also numerous open-source online tools to help people get this type of data from photos. So while the Dick Pic Locator isn’t breaking new ground, it is making it a little easier for disgruntled dick pic recipients to unmask their perv.
Ultimately, the website is really more of an exercise in social commentary than anything else (Axbom seems to really dislike men sending unsolicited dick pics) and a salient reminder of just how much revealing data there is in the photos we share.
Its creator hopes the service can help make people more aware of the information stored in their images and how it is being used.
“My greater concern is that hardware and software developers are not making it utterly clear to people that this data is being used, it is being tracked and being uploaded to private companies when they use their service to share your photo,” he said.
“Maybe, just maybe, this can also make men think twice before sending unsolicited photos of their privates.”