Robert O’Block Interviews Dr. Michael Nuccitelli
Robert O’Block, founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International, interviewed Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, on his theoretical construct he has coined, iPredator. Dr. Nuccitelli’s construct was the feature article in the 2011 winter issue of the Forensic Examiner published by the American College of Forensic Examiners International. iPredator is a child, adult or group who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.)
Robert O’Block and ACFEI’s goal is to educate readers in the forensic sciences and the experts who presently work in those fields. Dr. O’Block’s interview with Dr. Nuccitelli is as follows:
Robert O’Block: Thank you for participating in our ACFEI member & Forensic Sciences Education spotlight interview. The purpose of this interview is to educate readers on the science of forensics, justice and the Information Age related term I call Cyber Justice. Can you tell us about yourself, what you do and iPredator?
Dr. Michael Nuccitelli: Thank you Dr. O’Block. I’m a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. I earned my C.F.C. in 2006 and have been an active member of the American College of Forensic Examiners International. I am also honored that ACFEI published my Technological Predator construct in the winter issue of the 2011 Forensic Examiner. My definition of iPredator is as follows and will continue to be amended given the rapid development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) living in the Information Age:
iPredator: A child, adult or group who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage.
iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, deviant or abusive behaviors using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cyber criminal, online sexual predator, internet troll or cyber terrorist, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:
I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. II. The intermittent to frequent usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to obtain, exchange and deliver harmful information. III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.
Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in an abstract electronic universe.
Robert O’Block: Given you have created iPredator, what do you feel are the most important advancements in Technological Predator forensics, education and awareness?
Dr. Michael Nuccitelli: I wish I could offer you a list of advancements, but unfortunately society has yet to consistently address the nefarious and malevolent activities that occur in cyberspace using ICT. Even though the Internet celebrated its 20th birthday in 2011, society appears to be 19 years behind in regard to being aware of the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. I am glad the United States has the United States Cyber Command and honored Dr. O’Block and ACFEI are beginning to educate its members on the forensic sciences in relationship to ICT. I just wish communities across America would do the same. Cyberbullying, cybercrime, cyber stalking and online sexual predation are real and growing.
Robert O’Block: In the forensic sciences field in relationship to iPredator, what colleges, universities or organizations do you recommend to research for those interested in Technological Predators?
Dr. Nuccitelli: As of November 2012, ACFEI seems to be the only professional forensic education organization actively educating its members on iPredator and what Dr. O’Block calls cyber justice. There are many websites and small organizations which address the typologies of iPredator and can easily be found by entering the following iPredator typologies in Google or any search engine. The typologies & behavioral patterns of iPredator include: Cyber Bullying, Cyber Harassment, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Crime, Online Sexual Predation, Internet Defamation and Cyber Terrorism.
Robert O’Block: Thank you for taking the time to help educate those interested in the forensic sciences and iPredator. Can you share with readers any blogs, websites or social media profiles they can visit with questions or additional research?
Dr. Nuccitelli: Anyone is welcomed to visit my website, www.iPredator.co. In addition to assisting citizens, iPredator Inc.’s mission is to initiate a national educational & awareness campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. Our cyber criminal, criminal psychology & forensics blog can be viewed at www.DarkPsychology.co, and our website offers site visitors an enormous database on Cyber Criminal Psychology, Internet Safety and iPredators. Although iPredator has joined a multitude of social networking sites, feel free to visit the social sites planned to be our major information and announcement vehicles.
- Facebook: The iPredator
- Google +: The iPredator
- LinkedIn: iPredator
- Twitter: TheiPredator
- YouTube: iPredator Team
Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Robert O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.