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Will Cryptocurrency Play a Role in Funding Abortion Access?

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With personal privacy, its like, when its out, its out, Teacher Meiklejohn claimed.

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, a medical professional as well as the supervisor of Females on Waves, a not-for-profit that supplies sources for abortion applicants, discovered this to be the situation when she attempted establishing her very own crypto purse. It had precisely the very same persistance demands as a typical savings account, where you need to give IDs as well as various other details, she claimed.

She might see just how confidential purchases could interest abortion companies, whose job might quickly transform them right into lawful targets. However, she claimed, I have not discovered a cryptocurrency where you can do that.

Lawful scholars are not persuaded that cryptocurrencies would certainly protect individuals most of the times. Abortion restrictions will certainly cover whatever, whether you pay with cash money or crypto, claimed Rachel Rebouch, the acting dean at the Holy place College Beasley College of Legislation as well as a writer of an honest paper called The New Abortion Battleground.

If abortion is prohibited in your state no matter whether you obtain a medical abortion, a drug abortion, whether you self-manage your abortion if its prohibited, its prohibited, claimed Kimberly Mutcherson, a dean as well as teacher of legislation at Rutgers Legislation College that has actually concentrated on reproductive civil liberties. (In the initial 3 months of this year, 22 states presented more than 100 restrictions on abortion tablets accepted by the Fda, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and wellness study team that sustains abortion civil liberties.)

Still, companies like Planned Being a parent are maintaining an open mind concerning just how they could increase as well as disperse funds.

Alexis McGill Johnson, the companies head of state as well as president, claimed Planned Being a parent was checking out a variety of points in the world of cryptocurrencies however would certainly not disclose information.

The lower line is every one of the choices get on the table, she claimed.

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Will Crypto Play a Role in Funding Abortion Access?

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With personal privacy, its like, when its out, its out, Teacher Meiklejohn stated.

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, a doctor and also the supervisor of Females on Waves, a not-for-profit that supplies sources for abortion applicants, located this to be the situation when she attempted establishing her very own crypto pocketbook. It had specifically the very same persistance demands as a typical savings account, where you need to give IDs and also various other info, she stated.

She might see just how confidential deals could attract abortion service providers, whose job might quickly transform them right into lawful targets. However, she stated, I have not located a cryptocurrency where you can do that.

Lawful scholars are not encouraged that cryptocurrencies would certainly protect individuals for the most part. Abortion restrictions will certainly cover whatever, whether you pay with cash money or crypto, stated Rachel Rebouch, the acting dean at the Holy place College Beasley College of Legislation and also a writer of an upcoming paper called The New Abortion Battleground.

If abortion is unlawful in your state it matters not whether you obtain a medical abortion, a medicine abortion, whether you self-manage your abortion if its unlawful, its unlawful, stated Kimberly Mutcherson, a dean and also teacher of regulation at Rutgers Legislation College that has actually concentrated on reproductive legal rights. (In the very first 3 months of this year, 22 states presented more than 100 restrictions on abortion tablets accepted by the Fda, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and wellness study team that sustains abortion legal rights.)

Still, companies like Planned Being a parent are maintaining an open mind regarding just how they could elevate and also disperse funds.

Alexis McGill Johnson, the companies head of state and also president, stated Planned Being a parent was checking into a variety of points in the world of cryptocurrencies yet would certainly not reveal information.

The lower line is every one of the choices get on the table, she stated.

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Anonymous leaks gigabytes of data from alt-right web host Epik

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Anonymous leaks gigabytes of data from alt-right web host Epik

Hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have obtained gigabytes of data from Epik, which provides domain name, hosting, and DNS services for a variety of clients. These include the Texas GOP, Gab, Parler, and 8chan, among other right-wing sites. The stolen data has been released as a torrent. The hacktivist collective says that the data set, which is over 180GB in size, contains a”decade’s worth of data from the company.”

Anonymous says the data set is “all that’s needed to trace actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the Internet that has eluded researchers, activists, and, well, just about everybody.” If this information is correct, Epik’s customers’ data and identities could now fall into the hands of activists, researchers, and just about anyone curious enough to take a peek.

Decades of Epik stuff, now in a torrent near you

Epikis a domain registrar and web services provider known to serve right-wing clients, some of which have been turned down by more mainstream IT providers due to the objectionable and sometimes illicit content hosted by the clients.

Anonymous’ activities began with what the group calls “Operation Jane” after the Texas Heartbeat Act was signed into law this month. The restrictive abortion law allows private individuals, not necessarily government bodies or the police, to enforce the six-week abortion ban. According to the act, any Texas resident can bring a civil lawsuit against any person who performs or helps to facilitate an illegal abortionand claim at least $10,000 in damages.

The note, shown below, was spotted by journalist Steven Monacelli, who has since been doxxed by an Epik supporter.

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Enlarge / A “press release” posted by Anonymous.

Among the data set are various SQL databases containing what appear to be customer records associated with every domain name hosted by Epik.Ars analyzed a small subset of the leaked data set, including what a source calls an Epik employee’s mailbox, which contains correspondence from Epik CEORob Monster.

Members of the whistleblower site, Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), have also made the data set available via alternate means for those unable to use torrents.

“We are not aware of any breach. We take the security of our clients’ data extremely seriously, and we are investigating the allegation,” an Epik representative told Ars.

Hackers alter Epiks knowledge base to mock companys response

Anonymous also tampered withEpik’s knowledge baseto mock the company’sdenial of the breach.

“On September 13, 2021, a group of kids calling themselves ‘Anonymous’, whom weve never heard of, said they manage[d] to get a hold of, well, honestly, all our data, and then released it,” said the altered knowledge base, as seen in an archived copy. “They claim it included all the user data. All of it. All usernames, passwords, e-mails, support queries, breaching all anonymization service[s] we have. Of course its not true. Were not so stupid we’d allow that to happen.”

Anonymous mocks Epik's response by modifying the company's official knowledge base.
Enlarge / Anonymous mocks Epik’s response by modifying the company’s official knowledge base.

The knowledge-base page ends by sarcastically saying, “We did write this ourselves, this is obviously not part of the hacked account.” Epik has since removed the page.

Prior to this incident, Anonymous defaced the Texas GOP website by replacing references to “Help Texas Stay Red” with “Texas: Taking Voices from Women to promote theocratic erosion of church/state barriers.” The group also added “donate” links to reproductive health carenonprofit Planned Parenthood.

Texas Republican Party's website defaced by Anonymous this month.
Enlarge / Texas Republican Party’s website defaced by Anonymous this month.

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Abortion Rights: OkCupid Features Pro-Choice Badge

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The dating service OkCupid has introduced a way for users to clearly indicate their support of abortion rights: a pro-choice badge that appears prominently in a dating profile.

Melissa Hobley, OkCupids chief marketing officer, said the feature was created in response to the passage of Senate Bill 8, which has made abortion essentially illegal in Texas. (OkCupids parent company, Match Group, is headquartered in Dallas.)

The badge, comparable to a virtual bumper sticker, will appear on profiles directly below biographical details such as name, age and location making it immediately visible to anyone whos swiping. For every profile that adds the badge, OkCupid will donate $1 to Planned Parenthood.

In recent years, OkCupid has offered users different badges to signal their stance on various political issues, including a Black Lives Matter badge and a Voter badge. In May, the company added an Im Vaccinated badge to its slate of identifiers.

OkCupids abortion-rights badge was developed after the Supreme Court decided in early September not to block the Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks and allows citizens to sue anyone who helps a patient receive an abortion. Signaling support of abortion rights was already gaining purchase with OkCupid users: Between September 2020 and September 2021, the number of users in the United States who wrote pro-choice in their bios increased by about 18 percent, the company said.

Sarah Lynn Robinson, 30, a dating coach, was one of those users. After Senate Bill 8 became law, she added a line to her OkCupid bio: pro-woman, pro-choice, those in disagreement can see themselves out.

Im friends with some people who are a little more conservative than I am, or religious and on the fence about abortion, and thats all fine, Ms. Robinson said by phone. But I think your partner is the one person in your life who should uphold the same standards and morals. I would rather be single for the rest of my life than be with a guy who doesnt support my right to bodily autonomy.

More and more, dating apps like OkCupid are enabling users to incorporate their political views into their profiles. Bumble offers a filter that sorts people based on their politics, such as whether they consider themselves conservative or liberal. In a survey, the company found that politics is in the top 10 out of 50 factors that women consider in a potential match.

Before such features arrived, people on the apps were already creating their own slogans and visual shorthand to express their political beliefs. The red-rose emoji, for instance, could be used to indicate ones affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America, while a red hat in a profile photo might signal ones support of former president Donald Trump.

Younger millennials and members of Gen Z have been particularly supportive of the idea that a woman should be able to have an abortion, according to a Gallup poll. They are also the generations most likely to use dating apps.

Making ones views clear can improve the odds of making a connection, according to OkCupid. People who include the words pro-choice in their OkCupid profile are almost twice as likely to get a reply than others. (The likelihood of a reply also increased for profiles with a Voter badge.)

Beyond the badge, Match Group announced in early September that it was creating a fund to help employees and dependents affected by the abortion law. Bumble, which is based in Austin, Texas, made a similar move, saying that the company created a relief fund supporting the reproductive rights of women and people across the gender spectrum who seek abortions in Texas.

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