“Doxxing,” should the term be unfamiliar, is the practice of publishing personal information, such as home address and phone number, of public figures, generally to protest some action they took. The intent is almost always malicious.
When possible, the purpose of the doxxing is to coerce the target into changing a decision he made that the doxxers disapprove of. As an example, consider the efforts of #NotMyPresident, a national alliance whose goal, according to BuzzFeed, is to pressure Electoral College members to vote for a candidate other than Donald Trump when it convenes Dec. 19. In case you are unaware, the Electoral College has historically met following the outcome of a presidential election to conduct a state-by-state roll call vote.
This is a pure formality, though electors do have the option at this time to change their state’s vote — which is what NotMyPresident is hoping they can influence members to do.
A spreadsheet distributed to supporters Wednesday included the personal phone numbers, addresses, religions, races, genders, and candidate preference of the electors. The document does not have a complete set of data on every elector.
The group has color-coded each elector with how likely they are to change their vote based on their previous comments to press and social media.