Taking a strong stand against doxxing

The coronavirus crisis that began in Wuhan, China, brings to mind earlier epidemics.

In 2003, we were in the grip of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars). It was the first pandemic in the era of the Internet, blogging and social media. Amid the panic about infections, one individual was widely labelled a "super spreader". Her name and personal details were published. She was blamed for infecting over a hundred people in different countries. Her own family died of Sars. She survived, but was widely, and unjustly, criticised.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'Taking a strong stand against doxxing'. Subscribe