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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — April 22nd, 2015
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    7 {{{
    8 ========================================================================
    9 Tor Weekly News                                         April 22nd, 2015
    10 ========================================================================
    11 
    12 Welcome to the sixteenth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
    13 newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.
    14 
    15 Contents
    16 --------
    17 
    18  1. A new era at the Tor Project
    19  2. Tor Summer of Privacy — chosen projects announced!
    20  3. Miscellaneous news
    21  4. Upcoming events
    22 
    23 A new era at the Tor Project
    24 ----------------------------
    25 
    26 Andrew Lewman, who has overseen the Tor Project’s business operations
    27 since 2009 as Executive Director, will shortly be moving on [1] to a new
    28 position at the head of an internet services company. During Andrew’s
    29 time as Executive Director, Tor has developed into a leading privacy
    30 tool used every day by millions of users around the world, and the Tor
    31 community has grown to include more engineers, researchers, activists,
    32 and volunteers than ever before. Thanks to Andrew for everything he has
    33 done for the Tor community, and best of luck for the future!
    34 
    35   [1]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/new-era-tor-project
    36 
    37 Tor Summer of Privacy — chosen projects announced!
    38 --------------------------------------------------
    39 
    40 The application period for the first-ever Tor Summer of Privacy [2] —
    41 the funded development season inspired by Google Summer of Code — closed
    42 last week, with twenty-two proposals submitted before the deadline. All
    43 the project ideas were of a very high standard, but sadly funding and
    44 mentoring constraints meant that only four could be chosen, and Damian
    45 Johnson took to the Tor blog [3] to share the list of the winners.
    46 
    47 Donncha O’Cearbhaill will be implementing a system [4] to increase the
    48 availability of large onion services by balancing requests across
    49 several back-end servers, each running its own Tor instance; Jesse
    50 Victors will be working on a project entitled “The Onion Name System:
    51 Tor-Powered Distributed DNS for Tor Hidden Services”, based on his
    52 thesis [5]; former GSoC student and GetTor project leader Israel Leiva
    53 will be returning to carry out further work on the alternative
    54 distribution system for Tor software [6]; and Israel’s twin brother
    55 Cristóbal will be developing a web-based status dashboard for Tor
    56 relays [7].
    57 
    58 These are all exciting and important projects, and as Damian wrote,
    59 “we’re thrilled to have them with us”. Even if you submitted a proposal
    60 that wasn’t chosen, please don’t be discouraged: a number of the
    61 projects rejected for lack of resources are still high on Tor
    62 developers’ wishlists, so if you can find any way to contribute in the
    63 future, feel free to seek advice and assistance from the community.
    64 
    65 Coding for Tor Summer of Privacy officially starts on May 25th.  In the
    66 meantime, congratulations to the four students!
    67 
    68   [2]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/TorSoP
    69   [3]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-summer-privacy-projects
    70   [4]: https://gist.github.com/DonnchaC/03ad5cd0b8ead0ae9e30
    71   [5]: https://github.com/Jesse-V/Thesis
    72   [6]: https://people.torproject.org/~ilv/sop_proposal_2015.html
    73   [7]: https://leivaburto.github.io/sop-proposal/
    74 
    75 Miscellaneous news
    76 ------------------
    77 
    78 Yawning Angel announced [8] obfs4proxy-0.0.5. This release is better
    79 able to detect whether the parent Tor process has crashed, and also
    80 brings IPv6 support to clients. All users are recommended to upgrade:
    81 please see Yawning’s announcement for further details.
    82 
    83   [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-April/008665.html
    84 
    85 Anthony G. Basile announced [9] version 20150411 of Tor-ramdisk, the
    86 micro Linux distribution whose only purpose is to host a Tor server in
    87 an environment that maximizes security and privacy. This release
    88 includes updated versions of Tor and the Linux kernel.
    89 
    90   [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-April/037497.html
    91 
    92 David Fifield wondered [10] about the cause of a sudden large increase
    93 in the number of Tor clients using the meek pluggable transport that
    94 occurred around April 15th.
    95 
    96  [10]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-April/008705.html
    97 
    98 Upcoming events
    99 ---------------
    100 
    101   Apr 22 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
    102                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    103                    |
    104   Apr 24           | Roger @ CTIC Privacy Conference
    105                    | University of Pennsylvania Law School
    106                    | https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#event_id/48977/view/event
    107                    |
    108   Apr 27 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser online meeting
    109                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    110                    |
    111   Apr 27 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
    112                    | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
    113                    |
    114   Apr 28 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
    115                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    116                    |
    117   Apr 29 02:00 UTC | Pluggable transports/bridges meeting
    118                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    119                    | https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-April/008627.html
    120                    |
    121   May 03 19:00 UTC | Tails contributors meeting
    122                    | #tails-dev, irc.oftc.net
    123                    | https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2015-April/000187.html
    124 
    125 
    126 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony.
    127 
    128 Want to continue reading TWN? Please help us create this newsletter.
    129 We still need more volunteers to watch the Tor community and report
    130 important news. Please see the project page [11], write down your name
    131 and subscribe to the team mailing list [12] if you want to get involved!
    132 
    133  [11]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorWeeklyNews
    134  [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/news-team
    135 }}}
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