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Outside the Protection of the Law

Nowadays, an “outlaw” is someone whose behavior is not bound by the rule of law. They’re criminals. Rebels!

But that’s not the original meaning of the word. It used to mean a person who was no longer receiving the protection of the law. They’d been, essentially, banished from civilization. Anything could be done to them because they were outside the law. That was their punishment.

Supposedly, civilized people don’t do this anymore. When someone does something awful, we might punish them, but they deserve the same protections that everyone gets.

Especially when it comes to doxing.

If someone is committing a crime, it’s reasonable to share their real name and personal information with the authorities, but posting it online? No. Even if that person is an abusive asshole and an all-around shithole of a human being. Even if you hate that person with the power of a million cats hating a million dogs. Even if that person seems like the embodiment of evil.

No to doxing your friends. No to doxing your enemies. No one deserves to be outside this rule.

And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself fortunate and look at some cute animal pictures.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Jul. 7th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
As I do know what you're talking about: yeah, this. I found the article/research in question interesting because of the person's behaviour, and I can even understand the justification of proving that their platform is in many ways a complete fallacy, but...yeah. This.
Jul. 7th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
That said, I've been expecting this sooner rather than later.
Even someone as assiduous at deception as the person in question cannot hide for ever.
And the longer the track record of vile behaviour, the more incentive there will be for someone sufficiently angered to do the unmasking.
Jul. 7th, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
Doxxing is a vile and petty behavior. I don't personally fear it; my name, address, etc., are already out there for anyone who cares to look. But I know plenty of other people who would be extremely upset, or even terrified with damn good reason, if it happened to them.
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