‘Internet Warrior Shutting Down Free Speech’

“He wishes more people would dox hateful commenters. I asked how he would feel if he got doxxed—if other internet vigilantes can be trusted not to abuse their reach. He responded he has nothing to hide. I went to take his photo for this story, and he left the room. He returned with a bandana to cover his face.”

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IMAGE: Devin Pacholik, VICE

“All I ever want from people is to simply stop oppressing others,” Danny wrote over IM chat before I met him in person. “With belief, with privilege, or even just with online words. I want white males to accept the yoke of our horrible, terrifying track record in history.”

“The man who leaks others’ personal information did not want to be identified. As part of an agreement for an interview, I can confirm he is “from the Prairies” and “holds a lofty position at a large IT company.” In his spare time, he ‘doxxes’ people he believes are bigots.

“Doxxing is the practice of finding a person or group’s private information and distributing it, exposing them to potential IRL harm. It’s fairly common and older than the internet. Danny, in his 30s, brags that he’s been doxxing people “since forever”…

“Danny outs offensive commenters—from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, news websites, the usual spots—about once per month, but he will “heat up around election times”…

His current obsession is outing {only ‘white’} racist commenters related to the killing of an ‘indigenous’ man, Colten Boushie…

“He sends screenshots of users’ comments and information revealing anonymous identities to their friends, families, employers, and even business partners…

“While Danny believes outing offensive commenters is morally justified, his methods open him to legal risks and it’s pretty easy to see how his methods could be used for harm {!}.

“Gil Zvulony, a Toronto-based lawyer specializing in internet issues, said this type of vigilante doxxing could land Danny in serious trouble.

“This guy’s behavior can be broken down into a number of legal wrongs … and potentially criminal wrongs as well.”

“He said if a doxxer reveals an anonymous user with, say, a ‘Google’ search, there is usually no criminal wrongdoing. However, commenting on Danny’s other techniques, Zvulony said,

“Phishing and misrepresenting who he is where it can get tricky. When you’re penetrating computer systems or misrepresenting yourself to a person’s hydro company or whatnot, that’s when you get into some problems.”

“Malicious doxxing practices risk crossing the line into defamation, extortion, and disclosure of private information, according to Zvulony.

“That’s where you get into a lot of trouble.”

“I reached out to the RCMP to get their comments on doxxing, but they did not respond by press time {Police forces avoid this issue like the plague….}.

“He wishes more people would dox hateful commenters. I asked how he would feel if he got doxxed—if other internet vigilantes can be trusted not to abuse their reach. He responded he has nothing to hide. I went to take his photo for this story, and he left the room. He returned with a bandana to cover his face.”

–‘This Canadian Hacker Is Doxxing Racist Internet Commenters’,
Devin Pacholik, VICE, August 24, 2016

IMAGE: Devin Pacholik, VICE

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/this-canadian-hacker-is-doxxing-racist-internet-commenters

IForgotThatsHowItWorks

COMMENT: “There’s a certain, sickening, irony about a person hiding his identity to harass other people by revealing theirs. Nothing heroic about that shit. Danny, in order to stop things like racism, we need to keep the conversation going. By doxing opinions you don’t like, you essentially make people afraid to speak, thereby shutting down that conversation. That breeds resentment or rage, causing them to dig their heels in, which invariably has the opposite effect than the one you’re hoping for.

“In today’s world, people ‘need’ masks in order to voice their opinions because…well…because of people like you. Because having an unpopular opinion could cost them their friends, families and more importantly, their livelihoods. You’re not working to ‘change’ those opinions, you’re actively trying to stifle them, which history tells us time and again never works.

“What you’re doing is wrong, on so many levels. You’re not the hero here…you’re the hand of ‘Ingsoc’, punishing people in the name of the thought police. I can’t get behind anyone that victimizes another, for any reason, and I definitely can’t get behind someone that actively tries to halt the conversation. So with that, I hope this article draws enough attention to you that the police find you, and incarcerate you like the predator you are.”

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