New York Forensic Psychologist Discusses His Technological Predator Construct

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Cyberbullying, cybercrime & Internet safety expert, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, is interviewed, Monday October 1, 2012 1-2pm EST, on Internet radio. Dr. Nuccitelli discusses his technological predator construct, iPredator.

Cyberbullying, cybercrime & Internet safety expert, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, is interviewed, Monday October 1, 2012 1-2 pm EST, on Internet radio. Hosted by California psychologist and educator consultant, Dr. Robert Rose, Dr. Nuccitelli discusses his technological predator construct, iPredator. For interested parties who cannot listen, the host’s Internet radio show, “Rewiring Your Brain”, is archived for listening at a later date.    

October, in the United States, is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For these projects, the common goal is to reduce victimization, abuse and harm of Americans. Unfortunately, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has introduced a new form of debasement shared by all three projects.

Technological predators and their victims are new dynamics causing devastation across all elements of society. Dr. Nuccitelli has stated, “ICT, social media and cyberspace is wonderful in its capacity to connect humanity, but this connection occurs in an abstract artificial electronic universe called cyberspace. Hence, this proverbial “connection” is a perceptual distortion leading to victimization and reality based interpersonal isolation.”

The planet is experiencing a shift from traditional industry, born and bred during the Industrial Revolution, to an economy based on the creative and rapid manipulation of information. As society becomes more technologically advanced, the importance of Information and Communications Technology becomes vital in the daily living of humanity. Despite the multitude of benefits, the dangers lurking in cyberspace is both real and flourishing. Presented in the interview with Dr. Rose, Dr. Nuccitelli introduces his two constructs with their brief definitions as follows:

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.

iPredator Bridge: iPredator Bridge is a theoretical tenet of iPredator representing the exploration and study of people who decide to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to harm others motivated by greed, power, control, narcissism or psychopathology. iPredator Bridge investigates why some people draw near to this nefarious and malevolent realm hidden in cyberspace and through ICT, contemplate the benefits and detriments, decide to proceed, and then continue a trajectory where their cognitive, affective, behavioral and perceptual states are directly or indirectly harmful to others and society. For those who cross this proverbial bridge, they enter a world where their choices are increasingly governed by criminal, deviant, immoral and maladaptive processes.

Although it is assumed all humanity, has residing deep in their psyche, the potential & Dark Psychology for behaving in harmful and malevolent ways they rarely or never activate, ICT and cyberspace offers a direct connection and psychological route to the dark side. Just as ICT and cyberspace is incredibly pro-social and beneficial to humanity, these same technological advancements can lead humanity to diabolical and sinister endeavors.

The iPredator Bridge is a symbolic representation of the approach, route and initial crossing into the realm of the iPredator. In a rudimentary and abstract way, it is posited that cyberspace, ICT and all future technological advancements, related to information technology, is an extension of the mind and the instinctual drives of the collective brain to replicate itself outside a human organism.

About iPredator Inc.

iPredator Inc. was founded in 2012 to provide education, investigation and consultation to consumers and organizations on cyber bullying, cyber harassment, cyber stalking, online sexual predation, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, internet safety and digital reputation. Created by a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, iPredator Inc.’s goal is to reduce victimization, theft and disparagement from online assailants. In addition to assisting citizens, iPredator Inc.'s mission is to initiate a nationally sustained Internet safety educational & awareness campaign. In June 2012, Dr. Nuccitelli & iPredator Inc. launched their Internet Safety Education & Investigation website,, offering site visitors an enormous amount of free information. Dr. Nuccitelli has extensive media experience and truly enjoys educating the public on Cyberbullying, iPredator Awareness, Internet Safety, Internet Culture & local/national criminal news.

Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C.
NYS Licensed Psychologist
Ph: 845-592-0722

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