For the advancing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can assure individuals adjoin sexual advance and harassment, and how it can help and abutment survivors.

When many think of blockchain, they think of cryptocurrencies. But as one of the most agitative new fields of arising technology, there’s an abundantly wide array of use cases for blockchain — as well as many empty promises and scams. When it comes to active the age old botheration of how to anticipate sexual assault, it’s clear we need to look for new ways to do so. Blockchain’s adeptness to store and record advice and anonymize annal holds able abeyant to help survivors of sexual crime.

Introducing the new app, Smashboard, an India-based another social media arrangement with specific appearance to claiming rape ability and create an all-inclusive, feminist online association for survivors of sexual advance and allies.

The app, which is accessible to download in India on both Android and iOS devices, harnesses the Ethereum blockchain to privatize and encrypt users’ messaging to create a safer online space through complete pseudo-anonymization. The app’s appearance accommodate an enduring time-stamped account for survivors to record events of their sexual assault, which can, they say, eventually be used as affirmation in court proceedings. 

Adding to this, the non-profit app offers an all-encompassing list of mental health and legal practitioners resources, a forum for users to seek and offer help within the community, and a newsfeed assuming accessories from feminist publications with an option to leave bearding tips for journalists if they wish to share their story of sexual assault.

All users can remain bearding when using the app, which allegedly doesn’t autumn data or use location-tracking software.

While Smashboard uses blockchain to assure the character of its users, it has plans to launch its own coin. However, the use of cryptocurrency is currently banned in India. Speaking to Quartz, Noopur Tiwari, the architect of the app, said she believes that if crypto was legalized and appropriately regulated, Smashboard could launch a coin called “SMASH” to fund feminist campaigns, agenda tools, and grassroots initiatives from investors who are ideologically accumbent with the cause. 

This app connects survivors and allies alike through its app, about right now it’s only accessible in English, Spanish, and French but has plans to expand its accent options.

“SMASH coin will run on Ethereum as well. Blockchain is hailed as the technology that will, in the near future, radically transform the way things are done online. It is indeed potentially confusing because it is about a medium for decentralization,” Tiwari told TNW. “The breakdown of affectionate institutions and structures as envisioned by feminists is also disruptive. Hence, blockchain appeals to feminism —especially when the technology is continued to socio political-arenas. By being amidst the early majority (since blockchain is no longer “new”), women can mould and use the technology for their common purpose of dismantling patriarchy.” 

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