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Become a POW! Angel

Join the movement for less intrusive and more private apps by becoming a POW! Angel.

The donated money will:

  • Keep the POW! code open source
  • Support @raae's efforts to educate developers on privacy in a positive and beginner friendly way
  • Motivate @raae to keep on keeping on when the going gets tough

If you are not ready to donate, but interested in POW! or privacy in apps sign up for our newsletter.

Why is this stuff important?

Just last month (November 2019) an australian journalist suddenly got bombarded with ads targeting pregnant women. Why? She forgot to log her cycle, her app concluded she had to be pregnant and her app let third parties in on the «secret».

This type of experience is backed up by:

  • Wall Street Journal] Unbeknown to most people, in many cases that data is being shared with someone else: Facebook Inc.
  • BuzzFeed: It also shared “reminders” within the app to take birth control medication with Facebook.
  • The Guardian: These apps then shared user information with the company so it could keep track of how many of its employees were trying to get pregnant.

I focus on menstrual trackers, because that's where it got personal for me.

The level of detail I found in existing apps made me less inclined to use them; it felt creepy, a little invasive.

So at the beginning of this year I asked myself: "A privacy first period tracker? Is it even possible?"

Another world is possible

Yes it is. It turs out encryption is key! But it also turns out there is little accesible information out there for us who are not security experts.

I would like to change that. This fall I talked about encryption in front of developers in Oslo, Budapest and Bochum.

First and foremost my goal is to create a straight forward menstrual cycle tracker that #CantBeEvil.

But secondly POW! will be the center for ongoing effort to educate developers on how to make apps that "can't be evil" and why this is important.

@raae delivering a talk Talk on encryption for newbies

The plan is to create courses, webinars and keep speaking at conferences with POW! as the real world example.

Become a POW! Angel

Join the movement for less intrusive and more private apps by becoming a POW! Angel.

The donated money will:

  • Keep the POW! code open source
  • Support my efforts to educate developers on privacy in a positive and beginner friendly way
  • Motivate me to keep on keeping on when the going gets tough

Not ready to donate, but interested in POW! or privacy in apps? Sign up for our newsletter.

Do not hesitate to contact me at pow@raae.codes if you have any questions or feedback.

- @raae