The problem with naming and shaming

, posted: 13-Apr-2013 11:59

This Tumblr, Dom's laptop is in Iran, did something everyone does at some stage: it named and shamed those who seemed guilty of something.

Long story short: Dom's laptop was stolen and ended up in Iran. Through remote access software, Dom tracked the laptop over the Internet and activated the camera on it. He took pictures of the people he thought had nicked his laptop, and published them.

Except, the people in the pictures weren't the ones who had stolen his laptop.

In Dom's words:

Further news

The innocent new owners of my laptop have been in touch and are mortified about the story and are keen to return the laptop.

Given the huge error of judgement on my part in sharing the story and failing to respect their privacy I have asked them to keep it by means of an apology.

Hope I'm not doing a Dom by posting this reminder (to me as well) that things aren't always what they seem at first glance.

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