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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — May 13th, 2015
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    8 ========================================================================
    9 Tor Weekly News                                           May 14th, 2015
    10 ========================================================================
    11 
    12 Welcome to the nineteenth 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. Tor 0.2.7.1-alpha is out
    19  2. Tails 1.4 is out
    20  3. Tor Cloud is retired
    21  4. Relay operators: please enable IPv6!
    22  5. More monthly status reports for April 2015
    23  6. Miscellaneous news
    24  7. Upcoming events
    25 
    26 Tor 0.2.7.1-alpha is out
    27 ------------------------
    28 
    29 Nick Mathewson announced [1] the first alpha release in the Tor 0.2.7.x
    30 series. The most notable new feature in this release is the ability to
    31 create, delete, control, and get information about onion services and
    32 their descriptors via a Tor controller. It also fixes a bug that
    33 assigned the HSDir flag to relays that would not function properly as
    34 directories, affecting the availability of some onion services over the
    35 past few weeks.
    36 
    37 The source code is available as usual from the distribution
    38 directory [2]; as with any alpha release, “please expect bugs”.
    39 
    40   [1]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-0271-alpha-released
    41   [2]: https://dist.torproject.org/
    42 
    43 Tails 1.4 is out
    44 ----------------
    45 
    46 The Tails team announced [3] version 1.4 of the anonymous live operating
    47 system. Most notable in this release is the inclusion of Tor Browser
    48 4.5, meaning Tails users can now take advantage of the security slider,
    49 enhanced anti-tracking protection, and other exciting new features in
    50 the latest stable Tor Browser series.
    51 
    52 Another user-facing enhancement is the addition of Paperkey [4], a
    53 program that lets you back up the secret part of your GPG key on the one
    54 storage medium that never goes out of fashion.
    55 
    56 For a full list of changes, see the team’s announcement. This release
    57 contains important security updates, so head to the download page [5]
    58 (or the incremental updater) as soon as possible.
    59 
    60   [3]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tails-14-out
    61   [4]: http://www.jabberwocky.com/software/paperkey/
    62   [5]: https://tails.boum.org/download
    63 
    64 Tor Cloud is retired
    65 --------------------
    66 
    67 The Tor Cloud project [6], which offered prospective Tor relay operators
    68 an easy way of setting up a bridge relay on Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing
    69 platform, has been discontinued, as Karsten Loesing explained on the Tor
    70 blog [7].
    71 
    72 “The main reason for discontinuing Tor Cloud is the fact that software
    73 requires maintenance, and Tor Cloud is no exception”, wrote Karsten.
    74 Several serious bugs have rendered Tor Cloud unusable, and no solution
    75 could be found for its continued maintenance, so the service will no
    76 longer be offered for new relays.
    77 
    78 This doesn’t mean, however, that existing Tor Cloud relays will be shut
    79 down as well — those will continue to run as long as their operators
    80 want them to. Similarly, everyday Tor Browser users do not need to worry
    81 about this announcement: it will have no effect on the working of
    82 software that uses the Tor network.
    83 
    84 If you want to help grow the Tor network and strengthen the protection
    85 it offers to Internet users around the world, but don’t have the
    86 resources to set up a relay from scratch, please consider donating to a
    87 Tor relay organization like Torservers.net [8], Nos Oignons [9], or
    88 another of their partners [10]. These experienced Tor relay operators
    89 will run the services on your behalf, ensuring they stay secure,
    90 efficient, and up-to-date. Please see the organizations’ donation pages
    91 for more details!
    92 
    93   [6]: https://cloud.torproject.org/
    94   [7]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-cloud-service-ending-many-ways-remain-help-users-access-uncensored-internet#comments
    95   [8]: https://www.torservers.net/donate.html
    96   [9]: https://nos-oignons.net/Donnez/index.fr.html
    97  [10]: https://www.torservers.net/partners.html
    98 
    99 Relay operators: please enable IPv6!
    100 ------------------------------------
    101 
    102 “We still have a depressingly low number of relays that support IPv6
    103 (currently only ~120 of ~1900 relays)”, wrote Moritz Bartl in a post to
    104 the tor-relays mailing list [11]. If your host supports the new
    105 protocol, enabling it on your Tor relay is as simple as a change to your
    106 torrc file: please see Moritz’ post for the full details.
    107 
    108  [11]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-relays/2015-May/006964.html
    109 
    110 More monthly status reports for April 2015
    111 ------------------------------------------
    112 
    113 The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the
    114 month of April continued, with reports from Karsten Loesing [12]
    115 (coordinating translations and reports for SponsorO, researching onion
    116 service statistics, and developing Onionoo), Noel Torres [13]
    117 (responding to Tor help desk requests), Sukhbir Singh [14] (developing
    118 Tor Messenger), Isabela Bagueros [15] (overall project management), and
    119 Arlo Breault [16] (also working on Tor Messenger).
    120 
    121 David Goulet sent out the report for the SponsorR team [17], who are
    122 researching Tor onion services and working on improvements to their
    123 security and stability.
    124 
    125  [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-May/000821.html
    126  [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-May/000822.html
    127  [14]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-May/000824.html
    128  [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-May/000825.html
    129  [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-May/000826.html
    130  [17]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-May/000823.html
    131 
    132 Miscellaneous news
    133 ------------------
    134 
    135 meejah announced [18] version 0.13.0 of txtorcon, the Twisted-based
    136 asynchronous Tor controller. This version brings with it speed
    137 improvements, as well as support for “basic” and “stealth” onion service
    138 authentication; see meejah’s announcement for full details.
    139 
    140  [18]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-May/008810.html
    141 
    142 The Tails team published their monthly report for April 2015 [19]. Take
    143 a look for news of recent development work, summaries of ongoing
    144 discussions, upcoming events, and more.
    145 
    146  [19]: https://tails.boum.org/news/report_2015_04
    147 
    148 Lunar gave an interview (in French) to lundimatin [20] on the subject of
    149 the French government’s “Bill on Intelligence” [21] and what it means
    150 for the Tor network.
    151 
    152  [20]: https://lundi.am/Tor-Loi-Renseignement
    153  [21]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_on_Intelligence
    154 
    155 Jacob Appelbaum took part in a panel discussion [22] at re:publica 15
    156 entitled “A Deeper Frontier of Freedom: The State of the Deepweb”.
    157 
    158  [22]: https://voicerepublic.com/talks/a-deeper-frontier-of-freedom-the-state-of-the-deepweb
    159 
    160 Upcoming events
    161 ---------------
    162 
    163   May 18 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser meeting
    164                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    165                    |
    166   May 18 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
    167                    | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
    168                    |
    169   May 19 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
    170                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    171                    |
    172   May 20 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
    173                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    174                    |
    175   May 27 02:00 UTC | Pluggable transports/bridges meeting
    176                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    177                    |
    178   Jun 30 - Jul 02  | Many Tor people @ 15th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
    179                    | Philadelphia, USA
    180                    | https://petsymposium.org/2015/
    181 
    182 
    183 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony, the Tails
    184 team, and Karsten Loesing.
    185 
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    194 }}}
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