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We talked about the role of encryption in protecting the reproductive rights of people with a uterus in the Workshop held by AC-LAC

The Alliance for Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean, ACLAC, together with Cultivando Género; Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF; Instituto de Pesquisa em Direito e Tecnologia do Recife, IP.rec and the movement Mujeres Vivas y Libres, held a Workshop, led by experts from the region and assisted by a multistakeholder audience, where it was addressed encryption as a promoter and protector of reproductive rights and privacy and personal data protection.

This Workshop, which took place on the afternoon of Thursday, September 22, was conceived and proposed by one of the 7 working groups that work internally in the Alliance, which focuses on the interaction of encryption with minorities and risk groups.

 

Encryption as a guarantor of protection of sexual and reproductive rights

The panel was composed of 3 experts and activists from the region: Paula Avila Guillen (WECVivas y Libres) who spoke about the general context of abortion in the region ; Carlos Wertheman (EFF), referred to encryption and its importance; and Raquel Saraiva (IP.rec) that addressed issues of encryption, abortion, menstrual management app. The panel was moderated by Angie Contreras (Cultivando Género).

Paula Avila Guillen, spoke about the status of abortion in Latin American countries, making a very clear mapping: there are 5 countries that have decriminalized abortion: Cuba, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico (in case of rape, in 7 states and by court interpretation) , Colombia.

On another issue, Carlos Wertheman talked about the technical aspects of encryption and how this tool relates to our reproductive rights and privacy. He also provided some tips on self-defense against surveillance.

Raquel Saraiva, addressed the issue talking about why we must protect our privacy and personal data, mentioning some specific cases to exemplify

Finally, Angie Contreras, highlighted the importance of the multistakeholder model to build Digital Citizenship, where this topic comes in, since it is about talking about and asserting our rights by talking and exchanging ideas.

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