The Tor Project is participating in the Outreachy round that runs March to August 2018.


Outreachy is an intern program for members of groups traditionally underrepresented in technology. Check out their main page for more information about eligibility.


About Tor

The ability to access the Internet anonymously and free from repressive observation is critical for the protection of basic freedoms, especially for vulnerable and marginalized populations including journalists, activists, political dissidents, and human rights workers.

The Tor Project is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advancing human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies, supporting their unrestricted availability and use, and further their scientific and popular understanding.

The Tor network and Tor Browser are currently used by over four million people every day to protect their privacy, safety, and freedom of expression on the Internet.

Contact Information

The coordinator for this Outreachy period is Tommy Collison (tommyc AT torproject DOT org, t0mmy on IRC). Drop him an email or ping him on IRC with any questions you have during the application period.

We have an excellent mentor for this period — Colin Childs (colin ATtorproject DOT org).

The Projects

We have two projects in mind. We will decide on which one based on the interests and expertise of the applicants.

  • User Advocate

Tor is looking for a user advocate who would work with members of Tor’s development and community teams to help us understand where users struggle to use Tor. A secure web browser only works if it’s usable.

This intern will monitor our bug-reporting channels, IRC rooms, and social channels to get a sense of what new bugs appear in our software, and where users have problems connecting to and using Tor. Each month, we’d like the intern to report on the most common bugs, problems, questions, and other issues that users have.

To get started, we suggest you look around Tor’s bug tracker to see the sorts of problems users are currently reporting. What are some recurring themes or trends? When do bug reports spike? Feel free to respond to one or more of these questions and email your answer to Tor’s Outreachy coordinator, so we can get a sense your work!

  • Documentation Reviewer

For this task, the intern would help the community team update, review, and format sections of the Tor documentation on how to add Tor’s privacy and anonymity protections to other apps. Much of this documentation is written by volunteers and is not regularly maintained. Tor is about to transition to a new support portal, and the intern would help make this content ready to be displayed on the new website.

To get started on this task, check out Tor’s documentation pages. We’d like the intern to focus on updating these pages in particular.

Familiarizing Yourself with Tor

  • Hang out on #tor-project and #tor-dev to get a sense of the community. Introduce yourself as someone interested in Tor usability. If you're not familiar with IRC, Fedora has a good beginner's guide, and ​​OFTC's website has info on connecting to our specific IRC server. If you're can't figure out how to connect, drop Tommy an email, and he'll be happy to help.
  • If you can, attend the IRC meetings of the Community Team (16:00 UTC every Monday), the Network Team (Mondays 17:00 UTC), the ApplicationsTeam (Mondays 18 UTC) and the Development Team (19:00 UTC on Mondays) and introduce yourself.
  • Check out the support wiki.
  • Check out some of the Community Team's and Network Team's current projects.
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