Frequently asked questions

Smashboard is a feminist social network and a “digital ally’ with special features for victims and survivors.

Photos, screenshots, documents, video, audio etc. can be stored here and can be used as time stamped evidence, if required. A cryptographic proof of your archived entries will be stored in the block chain. All data will be encrypted and a validation system will be put in place so that you can appoint a trusted person to access the evidence in case you are unable to access it. The author of the archives will be the only one to be able to delete and/or modify their archives.

No. Smashboard is an idea that stems out of the need to fight misogyny and is a women-led project but it is open to people of all genders: women (including trans-women), men (including trans-men), non-binary, gender-fluid and any others.

Smashboard is for anyone interested in fighting patriarchal violence regardless of the extent to which they want to be invested. Smashboard’s features are designed to make the concerns of victims and survivors central.

Victims and survivors of harassment or abuse find it challenging to seek help especially if they don’t want to immediately reveal their identities. The resulting isolation renders action required for self-care, reporting and legal action very difficult, delayed or, in some cases, impossible. Smashboard’s tools and services make these elementary but crucial tasks easier. Depending on the choices victims and survivors make, Smashboard also helps significantly delay the need to reveal one’s identity or dispense with it entirely.

No. With Smashboard you can be a seeker or provider of support, or both. It’s also for those who want to be prepared for an eventual crisis or for those who simply want to keep abreast of what’s happening in the global and local feminist communities. For instance, the insurance feature is based on the principal of a community mutualising the risk. The news and views will bring together the best stories from leading feminist publications around the world and also generate original local content.

In this section, you can anonymously ask any questions for other users on the network to respond.

We will be using a system of shared-secret mechanisms. So, any such legal request will have to be made to countries where the shared-secret keys are stored. This will potentially increase legal complexity. For example: if the shared-secret keys are spread over 10 (selected) countries, those 10 countries will have to agree.

In this section, you can anonymously share the outline of your case (rape, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence) to reach out for lawyers who can then respond privately. This will spare you the effort of physically meeting several lawyers before finding one that seems a good fit. Smashboard will also have a separate feature where a select panel of lawyers will provide guidance and preliminary advice.

In this section, you can write to journalists with profiles on Smashboard through secure channels. Journalists will be able to post their articles published elsewhere and open them to public comments. There will be a space for people to send anonymous tips.

Smashboard offers a space for trained professionals to meet clients. If you are seeking a therapist, you can leave a message after filling in a short questionnaire (anonymously, if you don’t wish to reveal your identity). Smashboard will provide you access to a database of qualified professionals. We will also have our own panel of therapists to guide and direct you until you find your own therapist through Smashboard or otherwise. There will be links to local hotlines or other services listed for people in emergencies or inimmediate danger.

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