Asking for Trust — An Engineer’s Perspective

JDoe Editors
Jul 31, 2017 · 3 min read

Building JDoe has been unlike anything else I’ve been a part of, on a technical level and a personal one. If you’re reading our blog you probably already know what JDoe is and how it works, but in case you don’t: JDoe is an anonymous and encrypted reporting platform for survivors and witnesses of sexual violence. The platform algorithmically identifies repeat offenders and connects their victims to personal injury law firms. The point being that JDoe is not your typical tech startup. The data JDoe handles are about as sensitive as they get, and the community we’re hoping to serve — survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence — has in a way already been profoundly let down by all of us. Our justice system is and continues to be predisposed to mistrust victims. HR departments across the country have let sexual harassment cases be swept underneath the proverbial rug. All of us, through action or inaction, have permitted the continued existence of a culture that fetishizes violence against women and pretends it can’t happen to men.

All of us, through action or inaction, have permitted the continued existence of a culture that fetishizes violence against women and pretends it can’t happen to men.

Anonymity and security are not the default, they have to be constructed.

It usually takes half an hour or so of back and forth, trading hypotheticals like that, to convince the person I’m explaining our concept to that we’re not completely crazy. We know that we’re playing with fire, but we think JDoe is exactly the kind of shift that will be necessary to dramatically reduce sexual violence and make justice more accessible. The model we’ve conceived is robust and, I hope, will be part of the transition to a new normal in which rape, harassment, and abuse are extremely rare. That’s worth it.

— Chris Barton Dock, Head Engineer at JDoe

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