Cryptography for #MeToo

March 15, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Barrister's Hall - first floor

Boston University Law School

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Benjamin Kuykendall, Princeton University

Reporting sexual assault and harassment is an important and difficult problem that has received increased attention especially since late 2017 when accusations against high-profile individuals led to a viral #MeToo movement outspoken about the widespread prevalence of sexual violence.  A centerpiece of the discussion revolved around the means by which to record and process such accusations.  In this paper we focus on methods of reporting sexual assault in a confidential manner that ensures the privacy of both accuser and accused. Only when a set number of accusations are lodged against the same party will the identities of the accusers and accused be revealed to the appropriate parties. We propose the WhoToo protocol, which utilizes various cryptographic techniques to address the