deDoxing Yourself

Doxing is the publishing of private personal information, like your home address or cell phone, without your consent. And it can be terrifying. To learn how to protect yourself from doxing, check out the two bite-sized videos below (available on Monday June 13, 2022)—and join our hands-on workshop (on Thursday June 16, 2022 at 12pm ET). 



Episode 1: deDox Yourself Part I (Wait, what info is available about me online?!)

We’ll show you how to find what information is available about you online – before someone else does. We’ll cover: how to Google yourself like a pro (via Google “dorking”), how to see where your images are appearing online (via reverse image search), and how to find out if your private info starts circulating all over the internet (via Google alerts).


Episode 2: deDox Yourself Part II (Sorry, who’s selling my data for pennies?!)

We’ll talk about how and why, in the United States, people can buy your private info for pennies. And we’ll explain what data brokers are and how to navigate them.



Jeje Mohamed is the program manager for digital safety and free expression at PEN America. She has over nine years of experience working on human rights issues, journalism, and safety and security in the Middle East and internationally. Previously, she was a Next-Gen Safety Trainers fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, developing inclusive and trauma-informed safety and security training. She managed several campaigns and programs focusing on racial disparities and human rights violations in Egypt and exile. She led and took part in the production of documentaries focusing on social issues and founded Witness Magazine which covered human rights abuses in Egypt and the Middle East. She completed a graduate degree in international media focusing on human rights and democracy in areas of conflict as an OSF Civil Society Leadership Award Fellow at American University.

Viktorya Vilk (she/her/hers) is the director for digital safety and free expression at PENAmerica. She created and runs the organization’s Online Abuse Defense Program, which equips writers and journalists with self-defense training and resources, partners with media organizations and publishers to strengthen protections for writers and journalists, and conducts research and advocacy on platform accountability. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour, The New York Times, Slate, and Harvard Business Review, and she regularly speaks on digital safety and press freedom, including for the Online News Association, RightsCon, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Journalism and Women’s Symposium, and Moz Fest, among others. She completed graduate degrees, as a Marshall Scholar, at theUniversity of London, and has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.

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