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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — July 9th, 2014
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    7 '''Status:''' Frozen. New items should go to [wiki:TorWeeklyNews/2014/28 next week edition]. Expected publication time 2014-07-09 12:00 UTC.
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    9 {{{
    10 ========================================================================
    11 Tor Weekly News                                           July 9th, 2014
    12 ========================================================================
    13 
    14 Welcome to the twenty-seventh issue of Tor Weekly News in 2014, the
    15 weekly newsletter that covers what is happening in the Tor community.
    16 
    17 On being targeted by the NSA
    18 ----------------------------
    19 
    20 Das Erste has published an article [1] and supporting material [2]
    21 showing how the NSA explicitly targets Tor and Tails user through the
    22 XKEYSCORE Deep Packet Inspection system. Several other media picked up
    23 the news, and it was also discussed in various threads on the tor-talk
    24 mailing list [3,4,5,6,7,8,9].
    25 
    26 The Tor Project’s view has been reposted [10] on the blog. To a comment
    27 that said “I felt like i am caught in the middle of a two gigantic rocks
    28 colliding each other”, Roger Dingledine replied [11]: “You’re one of the
    29 millions of people every day who use Tor. And because of the diversity
    30 of users […], just because they know you use Tor doesn’t mean they know
    31 *why* you use Tor, or what you do with it. That’s still way better than
    32 letting them watch all of your interactions with all websites on the
    33 Internet.”
    34 
    35    [1]: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/nsa230_page-1.html
    36    [2]: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/xkeyscorerules100.txt
    37    [3]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-June/033473.html
    38    [4]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033640.html
    39    [5]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033640.html
    40    [6]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033642.html
    41    [7]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033656.html
    42    [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033703.html
    43    [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033749.html
    44   [10]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/being-targeted-nsa
    45   [11]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/being-targeted-nsa#comment-64376
    46 
    47 More monthly status reports for June 2014
    48 -----------------------------------------
    49 
    50 The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the
    51 month of June continued, with submissions from Georg Koppen [12],
    52 Lunar [13], Noel David Torres Taño [14], Matt Pagan [15], Colin C. [16],
    53 Arlo Breault [17], and George Kadianakis [18].
    54 
    55 Mike Perry reported on behalf of the Tor Browser team [19].
    56 
    57   [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000576.html
    58   [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000577.html
    59   [14]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000578.html
    60   [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000579.html
    61   [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000580.html
    62   [17]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000583.html
    63   [18]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000585.html
    64   [19]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000584.html
    65 
    66 Miscellaneous news
    67 ------------------
    68 
    69 An Austrian Tor exit node operator interpreted [20] their conviction in
    70 a first ruling as judging them “guilty of complicity, because he enabled
    71 others to transmit content of an illegal nature through the service”.
    72 Moritz Bartl from Torservers.net [21] commented [22]: “We strongly
    73 believe that it can be easily challenged. […] We will definitely try and
    74 find some legal expert in Austria and see what we can do to fight this.”
    75 
    76   [20]: https://network23.org/blackoutaustria/2014/07/01/to-whom-it-may-concern-english-version/
    77   [21]: https://www.torservers.net/
    78   [22]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033613.html
    79 
    80 Linus Nordberg is expanding the idea of public, append-only, untrusted
    81 log à la Certificate Transparency [23] to the Tor consensus. Linus
    82 submitted a new draft proposal to the tor-dev mailing list for
    83 reviews [24].
    84 
    85   [23]: http://www.certificate-transparency.org/
    86   [24]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007092.html
    87 
    88 Miguel Freitas reported [25] that twister [26] — a fully decentralized
    89 P2P microblogging platform — was now able to run over Tor. As Miguel
    90 wrote, “running twister on top of Tor was a long time goal, […] the Tor
    91 support allows a far more interesting threat model”.
    92 
    93   [25]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-July/033580.html
    94   [26]: http://twister.net.co/
    95 
    96 Google Summer of Code students have sent a new round of reports after
    97 the mid-term: Israel Leiva on the GetTor revamp [27], Amogh Pradeep on
    98 Orbot and Orfox improvements [28], Mikhail Belous on the multicore tor
    99 daemon [29], Daniel Martí on incremental updates to consensus
    100 documents [30], Sreenatha Bhatlapenumarthi on the Tor Weather
    101 rewrite [31], Quinn Jarrell on the pluggable transport combiner [32],
    102 Noah Rahman on Stegotorus enhancements [33], Marc Juarez on website
    103 fingerprinting defenses [34], development, Juha Nurmi on the ahmia.fi
    104 project [35], and Zack Mullaly on the HTTPS Everywhere secure ruleset
    105 update mechanism [36].
    106 
    107   [27]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007074.html
    108   [28]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007083.html
    109   [29]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007086.html
    110   [30]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007087.html
    111   [31]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007091.html
    112   [32]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007094.html
    113   [33]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007095.html
    114   [34]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000581.html
    115   [35]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-July/000582.html
    116   [36]: https://lists.eff.org/pipermail/https-everywhere/2014-July/002182.html
    117 
    118 sajolida, tchou and Giorgio Maone from NoScript drafted a
    119 specification [37] for a Firefox extension to download and verify Tails.
    120 
    121   [37]: https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2014-July/006288.html
    122 
    123 Tor help desk roundup
    124 ---------------------
    125 
    126 One way to volunteer for Tor is to run a mirror [38] of the Tor Project
    127 website. Instructions are available for anyone wanting to run a
    128 mirror [39]. Mirrors are useful for those who, for one reason or
    129 another, cannot access or use the main Tor Project website. Volunteers
    130 who have successfully set up a synced a mirror can report their mirror
    131 to the tor-mirrors mailing list [40] to get it included in the full
    132 mirrors list.
    133 
    134   [38]: https://www.torproject.org/getinvolved/mirrors.html.en
    135   [39]: https://www.torproject.org/docs/running-a-mirror.html.en
    136   [40]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tor-mirrors
    137 
    138 Easy development tasks to get involved with
    139 -------------------------------------------
    140 
    141 ooniprobe is a tool for conducting network measurements that are useful
    142 for detecting network interference. When ooniprobe starts it should
    143 perform checks to verify that the config file is correct [41]. If that
    144 is not the case, it should fail gracefully at startup. The ticket
    145 indicates where this check should be added to the Ooniprobe
    146 codebase [42]. If you’d like to do some easy Python hacking, be sure to
    147 give this ticket a try.
    148 
    149   [41]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/11983
    150   [42]: https://gitweb.torproject.org/ooni-probe.git
    151 
    152 Upcoming events
    153 ---------------
    154 
    155  July 11 16:00 UTC | Pluggable transports online meeting
    156                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    157                    | https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-July/007114.html
    158                    |
    159  July 15           | Researchers & Practitioners Meetup @ PETS
    160                    | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    161                    | https://blog.torproject.org/events/researchers-practitioners-meetup-pets-amsterdam
    162                    |
    163  July 15-19        | 14th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
    164                    | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    165                    | https://petsymposium.org/2014/
    166 
    167 
    168 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Lunar, harmony, Matt
    169 Pagan, and Karsten Loesing.
    170 
    171 Want to continue reading TWN? Please help us create this newsletter.
    172 We still need more volunteers to watch the Tor community and report
    173 important news. Please see the project page [43], write down your
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    177   [43]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorWeeklyNews
    178   [44]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/news-team
    179 }}}
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