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Doxing is Not a “Privilege”; Vet the Living F*** Out of Your Web3 Dev(s)

… or don’t at your peril.

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Continuing the editorial of my previous piece, I was reminded of a remark I saw on Twitter a few weeks back, in which some “woke” dev was pontificating about doxing being a privilege. I saw it as a strange way to suggest to NFT teams that they go ahead and hire anon devs (specifically, web3 devs about which the team knows nothing — not even their identity beyond, presumably, their Twitter or Discord handle).

Maybe in some highly unusual circumstances could someone argue that doxing oneself is a privilege. For example, maybe you’re a dev living in a country that has outlawed crypto and you’re literally risking jail time for being doxed? That’s about the only circumstance I can imagine that, in my mind, might justify such a stance. (Anyone else care to chime in? I’m open-minded and would like to know if I’m missing out on some issue I don’t understand.)

But, at the end of the day, while I might feel badly for such a person, I’d say old school web2 (and previous) rules apply at a minimum when it comes to web3 devs.

Can you imagine interviewing for a tech job at, say, Facebook or Apple — and, when they ask you for your ID for their HR and tax records, you…