"“Originally it was little black-hat hacker crews who were at war with each other — they would take docs, like documents, from a competing group and then claim they had ‘dox’ on them,” said Gabriella Coleman, a professor at McGill University who wrote a book about the hacker vigilante group Anonymous. “There was this idea that you were veiled and then uncovered.”How ‘Doxxing’ Became a Mainstream Tool in the Culture Wars - The New York Times
Now the online hunt to reveal extremists has raised concerns about unintended consequences, or even collateral damage. A few individuals have been misidentified in recent weeks, including a professor from Arkansas who was wrongly accused of participating in the neo-Nazi march. And some worry that the stigma of being outed as a political extremist can only reinforce that behavior in people who could still be talked out of it."
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
How ‘Doxxing’ Became a Mainstream Tool in the Culture Wars - The New York Times
On a related note, check this Ezra Klein podcast interview with Angela Nagle: From 4Chan to Charlottesville: where the alt-right came from, and where it's going