So, we decided compile the data ourselves by leveraging Chatroulette Map, some scrappy programming, and a passionate tech community.
We soon had detailed data on 2,883 Chatroulette sessions that tied users to geography, gender, appearance, and more.
The good news, however, is that a roulette wheel is the statistician’s best friend.
The central limit theorem tells us that a large set of random observations allows us to draw high-confidence conclusions about the underlying data set.
His last guest post was an analysis of Twitter user data.I am not especially worried for you for a few reasons: first, law enforcement is really not interested in prosecuting except where the letter and the spirit of the law are broken.Your actions were really careless, but there is a difference between making an honest mistake and looking for trouble.If you haven’t heard of Chatroulette, this Daily Show segment is a good primer.We were itching to study Chatroulette in a RJMetrics Dashboard, but no one seemed to have any good data for us to explore.We started our process at Chatroulette Map, an awesome new site that plots screenshots from random Chatroulette sessions on a map.It’s a little-known fact that anyone you chat with on Chatroulette can determine your IP address using a program like Wireshark.Chatroulette Map uses this IP data to geolocate and map random chatters on their website (along with still photos from their chats).Chatroulette Map is also nice enough to expose all of its data points to anyone who clicks “View Source.” Right in the raw source code of their homepage is the image URL, latitude, longitude, city, state, and country of every chatter on their map.For example, establishing jurisdiction can be problematic--how does the prosecution prove where the crime took place? I am not saying it can't be done, but it requires a lot of resources and there are a lot of opportunities for the case to fall apart. I am pretty certain this was set up with the intent of catching pedifiles.( which I am not ) They way he asked, do you have a microphone ? How could I go of record to show there was no intent?I would recommend two things: (1) if you are still concerned, set an appointment to consult in person with a criminal defense attorney; it will give you someone who is up to date on your case in the unlikely event that this becomes a bigger issue. I understand that you may have follow-up questions. Could there be any value in reporting the incident to the DA?