#30264 closed enhancement (fixed)

Revise list of default Tor Browser bridges

Reported by: phw Owned by: phw
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Circumvention Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-bridges
Cc: cohosh, phw, gk Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points: 0.5
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Description

Six of our default Tor Browser bridges are now gone for good:

  • Over at #28521, kpdyer mentioned that he's no longer able to manage his three bridges.
  • Paul Pearce is also no longer able to maintain the two bridges that were set up at Berkeley.
  • A bridge that was originally set up by Henry de Valence is also no longer alive.

I suggest that we remove all of these bridges. The question is: do we want replacements? Roger mentioned on IRC that we may be able to get a bunch of people to run fast bridges for us.

As for the current state of our default bridges: ln5's obfs4 bridges hover around 70% bandwidth utilisation while tvdw's obfs4 bridge sees around 100% utilisation. Interestingly, one bridge sees continuous growth in both bandwidth and users while another bridge sees a decline in users. While it seems tricky to assess the overall health of our default bridges, I think it would be a good idea to add a few new bridges.

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Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 18 months ago by gk

Cc: gk added

comment:2 Changed 11 months ago by phw

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

We have since added new default bridges at Karlstad University (#31164), Georgetown University (#32606), and soon at the University of Minnesota (#32547). In another ticket (#31523), we aim to recruit new default bridge operators from the set of long-established bridges. I'm closing this ticket because we're now doing much better on this front.

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