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Opinion

Hong Kong protesters are naming and shaming police officers

Disclosing private information on Telegram is unethical but empowering

| Hong Kong, Macao
Riot police fire tear gas on Sep. 29: their helmets have had one-way-mirror privacy film adhered to visors since late June.   © Reuters

Protests and clashes with riot police defined a sleepless summer in Hong Kong, but since the pro-democracy camp's landslide victory in district council elections in late November, the sirens have died down. Now that street-level disruptions and community organization have translated into some measure of political legitimacy, everyone needs a break.

Yet activity on messaging app Telegram and the LIHKG discussion website has not tapered off. Both are important platforms that have acted as virtual staging grounds for demonstrations, or a place where decisions are made in scrums, and now they have become ways for people to doxx police officers -- to publicly disclose their private information with an eye to inciting harassment.

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