In the year since the Supreme Court overturned federal legal protections for reproductive rights, people seeking, providing, and supporting reproductive healthcare are grappling with the challenges of digital surveillance. Multiple services and apps track our movements and communications, and that data can be used by law enforcement and private parties to police and punish abortion access. Lawsuits and prosecutions are already underway and are likely to increase as states continue to pass or expand anti-abortion laws and undermine legal protections for online expression and privacy.
But the fight is far from over. At the state and federal level, lawmakers, activists, and technologists are taking steps to establish and shore up legal and practical protections for secure and private healthcare access.
This panel brings together legal and security experts to lead a discussion about defending reproductive justice in the digital age—what has already been accomplished, what's coming, and how hackers can help. It will build on and update a discussion held last year, also led by EFF and DDF.
Corynne McSherry is the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Director. In addition to leading the legal team, Corynne specializes in litigation defending online expression.
India McKinney is the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Director of Federal Affairs. As a former Capitol Hill staffer and a current EFF lobbyist, her main job is to make sure that the laws of the land don't suck the life out of the internet.
Kate Bertash is the founder of the Digital Defense Fund, a digital security organization for the abortion access movement. She is a hacker and designer of the ALPR-jamming clothing line, Adversarial Wear.
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