More Than 30 UT Students Doxxed for Crime of Being Conservative
More than 30 students at the University of Texas have been doxxed by a student antifa group, typically for the crime of joining conservative clubs or being spotted at lectures held by conservative speakers.
The doxxers — calling themselves Austin Autonomous Media (AAM) — are a small collective of UT students. Since fall 2018, AAM members have snuck into conservative club meetings, taken photos of attendees, and posted students’ names and emails online.
The AAM also typically posts students’ phone numbers and employers. For example, one young woman was doxxed for the crime of attending a pro-Kavanaugh rally. "Call [employer redacted] to get her fired: (512) XXX-XXX" the post said.
Saurabh Sharma, 21, is the president of the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). Many of Sharma’s cabinet members have been doxxed, and he says the fallout has been immense. (PJ Media is not linking to the doxxing posts to protect students’ privacy).
"It hasn’t impacted all our members… but it has discouraged many from staying involved," Sharma told PJ Media on Monday. Sharma himself was one of the first students to be doxxed, and says the experience has him rattled. His contact information is still online.
"It makes me nervous, walking around campus. I never walk around outside with my phone out. One thing people like to do in Texas is to run up to people and snag their phone," he said.
"There always is a concern that I could be doxxed again, this time with more personal information, and that AAM students could be in my classes or try following me around on campus," Hukeri told PJ Media.
Nathanael Ribar, 18, was doxxed after he was spotted at one of YCT’s weekly meetings. Ribar, who is majoring in astronomy, worries that future employers will Google him and find the YCT’s posts.
"This is what worries me the most, that my political activism could hurt my prospective career in theoretical physics. But science is about using one's mind to uncover the truth. If I don't stand up for what I know to be true in any sense, what kind of scientist would I be?"
Another student, Lillian Bonin, 20, says one of her employers received numerous harassing phone calls after she was doxxed.
Her crime, according to the AAM? She has "liked" many conservative pages on Facebook, including those of Tomi Lahren, Ben Shapiro, Gary Johnson, and Dinesh D’Souza. She’s also the vice president of YCT, one of the leading conservative groups on campus.