In its most basic form, doxxing is when a person or group seeks out private or secret information about a person – generally related to a person’s identity and location – and shares it publicly or with specific people in a targeted campaign to cause physical and/or emotional and/or financial harm including housing instability, job loss, and in many cases legal ramifications. It is a method employed commonly by TERFs online in order to out transgender people to family members, employers, landlords, and hate groups for targeted harassment.
e.g. Ohan had to move because a TERF doxxed hir home address and passed it around to others, resulting in many threats of violence against hir.
Further reading to gain expanded context:
Doxxing: Tips To Protect Yourself Online & How to Minimize Harm | EFF
Anti-Doxing Guide for Activists Facing Attacks | Equality Labs
So What the Hell Is Doxxing? | ProPublica
Doxxing, Vigilantes, and Transmisogyny | Digital Justice Lab
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