Deleting an app won't bring back Roe v Wade

2022-06-25 2-minute read

In some ways it feels like 2016 all over again.

I’m seeing panic-stricken calls for everyone to delete their period apps, close their Facebook accounts, de-Google their cell phones and, generally speaking, turn their entire online lives upside down to avoid the techno-surveillance dragnet unleashed by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

I’m sympathetic and generally agree that many of us should do most of those things on any given day. But, there is a serious problem with this cycle of repression and panic: it’s very bad for organizing.

In our rush to give people concrete steps they can take to feel safer, we’re fueling a frenzy of panic and fear, which seriously inhibits activism.

Now is the time to remind people that, over the last 20 years, a growing movement of organizers and technologists have been building user-driven, privacy-respecting, consentful technology platforms as well as organizations and communities to develop them.

We have an entire eco system of:

All of these projects need our love and support over the long haul. Please help spread the word - rather then just deleting an app, let’s encourage people to join an organziation or try out a new kind of technology that will serve us down the road when we may need it even more then today.