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66th issue of Tor Weekly News. Covering what's happening from September 30th, 2014 to October 7th, 2014. To be released on October 8th, 2014.

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Subject: Tor Weekly News — October 8th, 2014

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Tor Weekly News                                        October 8th, 2014
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Welcome to the fortieth issue in 2014 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
newsletter that covers what is happening in the XXX Tor community.

Feature XXX
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Feature 1 with cited source [XXX]

 [XXX]:

Setup ooniprobe in five minutes
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New versions of the Open Observatory of Network Interference [XXX]
(OONI) tools are out. On October 1st, Arturo Filastò announced [XXX]
ooniprobe 1.2.0 and oonibackend 1.1.4.

“One of the most interesting new features that are now part of ooniprobe
is the ability to generate test decks for the country you are in a way
that is much easier than before” writes Arturo.

He adds: “As a matter of fact to start contributing useful measurements
it's just a mater of 5 minutes of setup [XXX].” So don't be shy on
adding your measurements to the project!

 [XXX]: https://ooni.torproject.org/
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2014-October/000171.html
 [XXX]: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/ooniprobe#ooni-in-5-minutes

Monthly status reports for September 2014
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The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the
month of September has begun. Juha Nurmi released his report first [XXX], followed
by reports from Juha Nurmi [XXX], Georg Koppen [XXX], Damian
Johnson [XXX], George Kadianakis [XXX], Matt Pagan [XXX], Lunar [XXX],
Sherief Alaa [XXX], Leiah Jansen [XXX], Harmony [XXX], Pearl
Crescent [XXX], Nick Mathewson [XXX], Karsten Loesing [XXX], Sukhbir
Singh [XXX], Nicolas Vigier [XXX] (in addition to July [XXX] and
August [XXX]), and Arlo Breault [XXX].

 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-September/000652.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-September/000653.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-September/000654.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000655.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000656.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000658.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000659.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000660.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000661.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000662.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000663.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000665.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000666.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000669.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000667.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000668.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000670.html

Lunar also reported on Tor help desk [XXX], Mike Perry for the Tor
Browser team [XXX], and Arturo Filastò for OONI [XXX].

 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000657.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000664.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2014-October/000671.html

Miscellaneous news
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Orbot users should rejoice to learn that orWall [XXX] 1.0.0 has been
released [XXX]! orWall will force selected applications through Tor while
preventing unauthorized applications to have any network access. “Any feedback
from Tor/Orbot users interest me in order to improve orWall. I think the
current release is pretty good, but as the main dev I'm maybe not that neutral
regarding this statement” joked CJ.
 
 [XXX]: https://orwall.org/
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-October/035040.html

Nick Mathewson announced [XXX] the release of Trunnel [XXX] 1.3. Trunnel is
a a code generator for binary encoders/decoders. Nick adds: “Some code that it
has generated has been merged into the Tor master branch for the 0.2.6
release series, though that code is not yet in active use.“

 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-October/007580.html
 [XXX]: https://gitweb.torproject.org/trunnel.git

David Fifield sent a summary [XXX] of the cost induced by the meek [XXX]
pluggable transport for the month of September 2014. More details are
included in the email, but costs are currently really low: “$3.85 for
App Engine, $4.59 for Amazon, $0.00 for Azure”.

 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2014-October/007576.html
 [XXX]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/meek

The Knight Foundation is going to fund projects [XXX] about “the future
of libraries”. The Library Freedom Project [XXX] wants to teach
“librarians about privacy rights, law, and tech tools to protect patrons
from dragnet surveillance”. It's based on their previous
experience [XXX] promoting Tor and other privacy tools in Massachusetts'
libraries. Show them support!

 [XXX]: https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/libraries/brief.html
 [XXX]: https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/libraries/submissions/the-library-freedom-project-bringing-privacy-education-and-digital-tools-to-local-communities-through-libraries
 [XXX]: http://boingboing.net/2014/09/13/radical-librarianship-how-nin.html

The US National Science Foundation is seeking input [XXX] to lay out a future
Privacy Research Strategy. The deadline being October 17th, Roger Dingledine
suggests: “if anybody here has partially written ideas that they want to put
together into a submission, please do!”

 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-October/035059.html
 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-October/035059.html

Thanks to opi [XXX] for running a new mirror of Tor Project's website
and software.

 [XXX]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-mirrors/2014-October/000713.html

Tor help desk roundup
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Summary of some questions sent to the Tor help desk. 

News from Tor StackExchange
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Text with cited source [XXX].

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Easy development tasks to get involved with
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Text with cited source [XXX].

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