Changes between Version 18 and Version 19 of Outreachy


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  • Outreachy

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    1 The Tor Project is participating in the [https://www.outreachy.org/mentor/ Outreachy] round that runs December 2017 to March 2018.
     1The Tor Project is participating in the [https://www.outreachy.org/ Outreachy] round that runs March to August 2018.
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    33= ABOUT =
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    5 Outreachy is an internship program for people from groups generally underrepresented in free and open source software, including women internationally and underrepresented people of color in the US. See the [https://www.outreachy.org/mentor/ main page with program details] for info.
     5Outreachy is an intern program for members of groups traditionally underrepresented in technology. Check out their [https://www.outreachy.org/ main page] for more information about eligibility.
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    77= FOR PARTICIPANTS =
     
    99== About Tor ==
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    11 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, human rights workers.
     11The 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.
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    1313The 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 furthering their scientific and popular understanding.
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    15 The Tor network and Tor Browser are currently used by about 1.5 million people every day to protect their privacy, safety, and freedom of expression on the Internet.
     15The 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.
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    1717== Contact Information ==
     
    1919The 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.
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    21 == The Project ==
     21We have an excellent mentor for this period — Colin Childs (colin ATtorproject DOT org).
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    23 The Tor Project is looking for an intern to serve as a bridge between Tor’s non-technical users and Tor’s team of developers. We are looking for a user advocate — someone who can see how users interact with the Tor network and where there are issues, and then relay this information to developers. This person will also help the communications and community teams craft responses to highly technical questions from users, researchers, and the press. This person must be comfortable explaining technical concepts to non-technical people. We do not currently have an individual dedicated to this work. Instead, we call upon developers who may not have the capacity to follow up, which delays and lowers the quality of our responses.
     23== The Projects ==
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    25 The intern will work closely with the Communication and Community Teams, and will also work with other teams at Tor.
     25We have two projects in mind. We will decide on which one based on the interests and expertise of the applicants.
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    27 Here are some examples of recent press inquiries where we could use an Outreachy intern to help us draft responses. Feel free to respond to one or more of these and send your answers to our mentors (contact info below) so we can see an example of your work!
     27* User Advocate
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    29 * Is ANONABOX better or worse than Tor? Can you combine the two, and, if so, would that be even better?
     29Tor 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.
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    31 * Ever heard of double encryption or double VPN? Would that provide strong security?
     31This 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.
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    33 * How safe is Tor? Does it give absolute anonymity? or is there still room to improve? If so, how?
     33To get started, we suggest you look around [https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/report/1 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!
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    35 * Why is the Tor network threatening to law enforcement and at the same time essential to freedom and anonymity for many people around the world?
     35* Documentation Reviewer
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    37 Visit [https://www.outreachy.org/apply Outreachy's intern page] for application details.
     37For 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.
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    39 Some first activities:
     39To get started on this task, check out Tor’s [https://www.torproject.org/docs/documentation.html.en documentation pages]. We’d like the intern to focus on updating [https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/Outreachy/2018doclist these pages] in particular.
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    41 - 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 [https://fedoramagazine.org/beginners-guide-irc/ good beginner's guide] and ​[http://oftc.net 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.
     41Familiarizing Yourself with Tor
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     43- 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 ​[https://fedoramagazine.org/beginners-guide-irc/ good beginner's guide], and ​​[http://oftc.net/ 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.
    4244- If you can, attend the IRC meetings of the Community Team (18:00 UTC every second Wednesday) and the Development Team (17:00 UTC on Mondays) and introduce yourself.
    43 - Read some of the [https://www.torproject.org/press/press recent press articles]. What things come up again and again?
     45- Check out the [https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/teams/CommunityTeam/Support support wiki].
    4446- Check out some of the [https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/teams/CommunityTeam/Projects Community Team's] and [https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/teams/NetworkTeam Network Team's] current projects.
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    46 ==== MENTORS AND PROJECTS ====
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    48 We're committed to helping you get the most of your Outreachy experience.
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    50 We have two excellent mentors for this round: Alison Macrina (alison AT torproject DOT org or flexlibris on IRC) and Stephanie A. Whited (steph AT torproject DOT org or stephw on IRC).
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    52 The best way to get support is by hopping onto one of our ​[http://torproject.org/about/contact.html.en IRC channels]. See above for instructions on how to connect to IRC. #tor-project and #tor-dev would be a great place to ask any questions.