D0xing Fascists Is Necessary

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D0xing (doxing, doxxing) is a predominently online term used to describe the obtaining and publishing of identifiable personal details on the internet. D0xing can involve anything from a quick glance at a Facebook page to a highly complex tracking process where information is gathered from numerous sources and pieced together to provide a trail to the identity of a sought after individual. D0xing, simply put, is making the anonymous known.

It is no secret that Resisting Hate and many other anti Hate or Antifascist organisations make use of d0xing as a tool with which to fight bigotry and fascism. We use the information we uncover to pass details of racists to their employers and/or family members. Basically we d0x to name and shame individuals who use covert and anonymous accounts to spread hate.

D0xing can be undertaken using both legal and illegal methods. The methods our group use are all currently legal under UK law (though I’d be lying if I said we haven’t been passed info from other, less ethical, sources). Naive users of the internet have little idea how to keep their identity secret and (although I’m not going to give away the tricks of the trade that have painstakenly been explained to me) even more sophisticated internet users often leave some trace to their real identity. Even down to the prats who email abuse to our website without twigging that it will ping us their IP address…

However I am deeply concerned that the proposed laws described in this article will make it harder for groups like ours to legitimately go about the business of fighting hate. If d0xing is criminalised then the tracing processes we use will become criminal activity, as will the act of us passing information to third parties.

It could be argued that people have the right to privacy on the internet and to an extent I would agree with that. But the people we are committed to exposing are people not using but abusing that right to anonymity. We are talking about troll accounts deliberately created with no other purpose other than to hassle, abuse and threaten innocent people. Or Neo Nazi accounts publicly calling for genocide. We traced one account where the account holder was filming himself in acts of sexual abuse against a child. We passed those details to the police. Under these new proposed laws we would be unable to legally obtain and pass on the information that we often send to law enforcement channels.

Not just d0xing itself but the threat of d0xing acts as a deterrent on the internet. If people know their personal details can be legally obtained and passed on they they will in many cases self censor and not post the views and images that currently would cost them their jobs.

We have seen people hounded to suicide by evil minded trolling on the internet. This behaviour is not the “hurty feels” the far right dismiss them as, it is consistent targeted bullying of the worst kind. The perpetrators of this hate and harassment will face no sanctions if the ability to out them is restricted by the law. If organisations like Resisting Hate are going to be arrested for screenshotting fascist hate then the only people who will gain from this change in legislation will be the extremist rightwing trolls who still won’t be arrested for posting incitement to hate and violence toward others.

The naming and shaming tactic of d0xing may sound unfair but remember these are individuals who have chosen to post hate. We do not photoshop or alter images, we send only genuine examples of hate to relevant third parties. Anybody who worries about being d0xed or would prefer not to lose their job through calling for genocide on an open social platform knows exactly what actions they need to take to prevent it –  Don’t post hate in the first place!

 

Roanna is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate. She is the author of the majority of our articles, and also publishes a blog on Huffington Post UK
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8 thoughts on “D0xing Fascists Is Necessary

  1. You work for the police. Your basic tenet is flawed as you only target those you disagree with. Remember, doxxing goes both ways, ask Ched Evans “victim”;)

    • Any relationship Resisting Hate have with law enforcement is our business and not yours Ciara Goggins.

  2. This is a phenomenal article. As someone who uses my real identity on the internet, I find that anyone threatened by us revealing that information is already engaging in behavior they know to be vile or illegal.

    As such, they self censor which they really should have been doing in the first place. Keep up the good work.

  3. You have to be careful not to become as hateful as those you are resiting against.

    I can’t help but point out that this tactic is reminiscent of the Construction industry Blacklist.. which also sought to exclude people from the labour market based on their political views.

    I do not hate you guys, and I enjoy reading your articles a great deal. Sometimes don’t agree with your hatred towards other human beings.

    Do you hate those who you wish to dox?

    I believe we are all capable of resisting hate… Wherever it spews from!

    • I think you raise some fair points here Andy. I would not expect universal approval of some of the tactics we use. However in our defence I would point out that we do not target those with different political opinions to us. I dislike the fact that people vote UKIP or have anti immigration views but I would not seek to d0x those individuals as I acknowledge they have a right to their own views, repugnant as they may be to me. The people we do d0x are Nazis and haters in the literal sense, those who threaten Muslims, Jews, People of Colour and minority groups and who genuinely seek to spread hate.

      I realise this is not necessarily a viable defence but it is consistent with my own moral compass and with most of the group’s morality.

      • Thanks for replying.
        I guess I don’t even hate Nazis…
        The enemy of hate is love.
        Love your enemies and you may (sometimes) actually change their beliefs.
        Hate just breeds hate.
        An ex-nazi could be your strongest voice!

        We must all resist hating people who espouse nonsense. They will only see the truth when it is given by a friend.

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