Friday Rants: Your Software Doesn’t Track Me at a Strip Club

By Craig Gross


[Note: Every Friday we post a new rant from one of our writers, edited only for typos and spelling.This new series is not for those easily offended or for those who only like to play nice. So read this before you start posting your comments.]

I created X3watch in 2004 to help people stop looking at porn.

The way we did that was to help people bring to a light an issue that was almost always found in the dark.

Thousands of emails came in saying, “No one knows what I look at online.”

The idea was simple and still is.

People need other people.

If we could let someone know where you go online, maybe you would stop. If you didn’t stop, maybe you would finally share with someone else what you have been doing in secret for so long and maybe that feeling of isolation and shame and guilt would start to be broken by discovering for the first time that you could actually tell someone and have a conversation about porn.

That was the idea.


A good story requires more than one character.

2004 was easy. We all had bulky Gateway, Compaq, and Dell Computers.

2016 is hard because we have iOS, android, Mac …read more

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