Opened 7 weeks ago

Last modified 4 days ago

#30777 assigned project

Run a "set up new bridges" campaign

Reported by: phw Owned by:
Priority: High Milestone:
Component: Community/Outreach Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: anti-censorship-roadmap-september
Cc: gaba, cohosh, arma, ggus, stephw, alison Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points: 3
Reviewer: Sponsor: Sponsor30-must

Description

We currently have around 500 obfs4 bridges. That's not a lot and some of them don't work properly, so the effective number is even lower. It's time to ask volunteers to set up more bridges.

One way to do that is by writing a blog post and doing outreach on Twitter. We should point people to our obfs4 setup guide. Ideally, we would start with a small group of people (e.g., by posting to tor-relays@), fix any issues that we discover in our guide, and then repeat the outreach campaign for a larger set of people.

Another thing worth considering is what kind of bridges we want:

  • We certainly need more obfs4 bridges even though the protocol still has some UX issues for operators (see #30471).
  • More vanilla bridges would be useful too but, since #28655, only if the bridge doesn't also run an obfs4 protocol. Otherwise BridgeDB won't hand out the vanilla bridge line. As an added bonus, modern tor bridges may currently be resistant to the GFW's active probing as discussed over in #30500.
  • Once #23888 is done, we should also encourage people to install the snowflake webextension.

Child Tickets

TicketStatusOwnerSummaryComponent
#30708closedphwCreate a docker image for obfs4proxyCircumvention/Obfs4

Change History (11)

comment:1 Changed 7 weeks ago by gaba

Cc: stephw added

comment:2 Changed 7 weeks ago by ggus

We should point people to our obfs4 setup guide.

About this, we will include obfs4 guide to the new Community Portal section "Relay Operations", so we can translate and it will be easier to find and share this resource. The new portal is going to be publicly released till the end of June.

Also, should we have a goal in numbers? How many more bridges we are looking for? We can discuss this during a community team meeting.

comment:3 in reply to:  2 Changed 7 weeks ago by phw

Replying to ggus:

We should point people to our obfs4 setup guide.

About this, we will include obfs4 guide to the new Community Portal section "Relay Operations", so we can translate and it will be easier to find and share this resource. The new portal is going to be publicly released till the end of June.


That's great news, thanks!

Also, should we have a goal in numbers? How many more bridges we are looking for? We can discuss this during a community team meeting.


In our proposal for Sponsor 30 we wrote that "we aim to attract volunteers to run at least 100 new bridges."

comment:4 Changed 5 weeks ago by freebeer0

There is a ticket on Stack Exchange by someone who says, "I am running an obfs4 bridge on my raspberry pi since 10 days now and haven't seen a single client," and a reply that says, "I have the same problem."

comment:5 Changed 4 weeks ago by gaba

Cc: alison added
Owner: alison deleted
Status: newassigned

comment:6 Changed 4 weeks ago by gaba

Priority: MediumHigh

comment:7 Changed 4 weeks ago by phw

Over at #30708, I started working on a Docker image for obfs4proxy (and Tor). Some prospective bridge operators may find this useful, so we may want to get this done before launching our campaign.

comment:8 Changed 4 weeks ago by gaba

Sounds good. Adding #30708 as a ticket then and we come back here once that is done.

comment:9 in reply to:  8 ; Changed 9 days ago by phw

Replying to gaba:

Sounds good. Adding #30708 as a ticket then and we come back here once that is done.


We're done with the docker container and added instructions to our setup guide. We can now move forward with this ticket.

comment:10 in reply to:  9 Changed 8 days ago by phw

Replying to phw:

Replying to gaba:

Sounds good. Adding #30708 as a ticket then and we come back here once that is done.


We're done with the docker container and added instructions to our setup guide. We can now move forward with this ticket.


Actually, let's wait until #31153 is done as it will make bridge setup significantly easier. We hope to have the package in Debian stable by mid-September.

comment:11 Changed 4 days ago by gaba

Keywords: anti-censorship-roadmap-september added; anti-censorship-roadmap removed
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