The reversal of Roe v. Wade in America was a painfully clear reminder that we live in a surveilled culture in which our phones can play a role in enforcing unjust laws. That’s one of the reasons we designed our jackets with removable silent pockets* (aka Faraday sleeves), which are the easiest, most secure option when you want to be disconnected, undetectable, untraceable, and unhackable.
We developed them for launch this coming Fall in collaboration with SLNT, advocates for agency over mobile privacy, security, and health.
We’re making them available early, so that proceeds from their sale can go to the National Network of Abortion Funds.
When we made these, we did so to protect our privacy during protest. We never imagined that they would be useful in seeking reproductive care, but here we are. As for what’s next, we turn to the wisdom of Zeynep Tufekci, who writes so beautifully of the power of community forged in the face of adversity:
“As people chat with me and learn that I have studied movements elsewhere, one question keeps coming up: “How do you think this will end?” I say that I do not know. In the mountains of Chiapas, I learned a Zapatista saying: “Preguntando caminamos.” It means “we walk while asking questions.”
― Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
For additional information on how to safeguard your data, we recommend turning to The Electronic Frontier Foundation, long-time leaders in the digital rights movement. Here is their Surveillance Self Defense Guide as well as Digital Safety Tips for Abortion Seekers & Providers.
*Fits 4-way Bag, Shell Bumbag, Cape, Bomber, Puffer, and Anorak