Now that vast amounts of our communications and personal information are available online, people increasingly face threats, censorship, harassment, or doxxing by people who seek to target people they disagree with. Doxxing is the gathering and publication of personal information such as addresses and phone numbers by hostile parties to try to intimidate and even direct violence at someone.
We have seen a spike in these incidents. People who have spoken out in support of Palestinian rights have been doxxed, harassed, and blacklisted for exercising their First Amendment rights. Journalists have been doxxed for their reporting. Women have been doxxed and attacked online for speaking out against sexual assault. And trans people and their allies have been doxxed for exposing anti-trans activities and advocating for their rights.
Here are a few recommendations to help increase your digital privacy and protect you from being doxxed.