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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — June 10th, 2015
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    7 {{{
    8 ========================================================================
    9 Tor Weekly News                                          June 10th, 2015
    10 ========================================================================
    11 
    12 Welcome to the twenty-third issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
    13 newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.
    14 
    15 Blocking-resistant communication through domain fronting
    16 --------------------------------------------------------
    17 
    18 David Fifield, lead developer of the meek [1] pluggable transport,
    19 co-authored a paper [2] entitled “Blocking-resistant communication
    20 through domain fronting”, the technique that meek (along with other
    21 software such as Lantern and Psiphon) uses to ensure that its
    22 connections to the Tor network can’t be blocked by a censor without
    23 incurring significant collateral damage. The paper is based on the
    24 experience of operating domain-fronting systems on the real network.
    25 Congratulations to the researchers on this milestone in their project!
    26 
    27 David also published the monthly summary of costs [3] incurred by the
    28 infrastructure for meek. Rate-limits have now been imposed on some
    29 backends in order to keep the operating costs sustainable.  This
    30 sophisticated pluggable transport is a vital tool for thousands of users
    31 in areas that censor all other circumvention systems, so if you know of
    32 (or are) a friendly funder looking for a worthy project to support,
    33 please let the community know!
    34 
    35   [1]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/meek
    36   [2]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008940.html
    37   [3]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008932.html
    38 
    39 The Art of Dissent
    40 ------------------
    41 
    42 Laura Poitras, Pulitzer Prize-winning director of the Academy
    43 Award-winning “Citizenfour” and public advocate for Tor and Tails [4],
    44 documented a collaboration between the Tor Project’s Jacob Appelbaum and
    45 artist Ai Weiwei — both of them “artists, journalists, dissidents,
    46 polymaths — and targets” — involving a “zone of hyper-surveillance”,
    47 shredded NSA documents, and several cuddly toy pandas.
    48 
    49 Laura’s film is available to view on the New York Times website [5] as
    50 part of its “Op-Docs” series, accompanied by an article in which Laura
    51 describes her interest in “the way being watched and recorded affects
    52 how we act, and how watching the watchers, or counter-surveillance, can
    53 shift power”.
    54 
    55   [4]: http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2014/31c3_-_6251_-_en_-_saal_1_-_201412301400_-_state_of_the_onion_-_jacob_-_arma.html
    56   [5]: http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000003729935/the-art-of-dissent.html
    57 
    58 More monthly status reports for May 2015
    59 ----------------------------------------
    60 
    61 The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the
    62 month of May continued, with reports from Isis Lovecruft [6]
    63 (maintaining Tor’s bridge distribution system along with other
    64 coding/organizational work), Israel Leiva [7] (leading the GetTor
    65 project), Sukhbir Singh [8] (working on Tor Messenger, TorBirdy, and
    66 GetTor), and Arlo Breault [9] (also developing Tor Messenger, and
    67 maintaining Tor Check).
    68 
    69 The Tails team published its monthly report [10], while George
    70 Kadianakis sent out the report for SponsorR [11], and Arturo Filastò
    71 reported on the OONI team’s May progress [12].
    72 
    73 Tor Summer of Privacy Students Donncha O’Cearbhaill [13] and Jesse
    74 Victors [14] also sent out their first project status reports.
    75 
    76   [6]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000847.html
    77   [7]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000848.html
    78   [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000850.html
    79   [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000851.html
    80  [10]: https://tails.boum.org/news/report_2015_05/
    81  [11]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000852.html
    82  [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000853.html
    83  [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000849.html
    84  [14]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008935.html
    85 
    86 Miscellaneous news
    87 ------------------
    88 
    89 Giovanni Pellerano announced [15] version 3.1.41 of Tor2web, the tool
    90 for non-anonymous connections to onion services from regular browsers.
    91 This version of the software allows users to download Tor Browser from
    92 any running Tor2web instance, as well as other improvements.  See
    93 Giovanni’s message for more details.
    94 
    95  [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-June/038108.html
    96 
    97 Donncha O’Cearbhaill published the results [16] of his call for input
    98 from onion service operators on the challenges of running
    99 high-performance sites and services through a Tor process.
    100 
    101  [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-June/038058.html
    102 
    103 teor published a guide [17] to obtaining a copy of OpenSSL on Mac OS X
    104 that is recent enough to build a working copy of Tor.
    105 
    106  [17]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008924.html
    107 
    108 Thanks to Justaguy for running another mirror of the Tor Project website
    109 and software archive [18]!
    110 
    111  [18]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-mirrors/2015-June/000903.html
    112 
    113 Upcoming events
    114 ---------------
    115 
    116   Jun 12 19:00 UTC | Tails low-hanging fruit session
    117                    | https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2015-June/000218.html
    118                    |
    119   Jun 15 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser meeting
    120                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    121                    |
    122   Jun 15 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
    123                    | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
    124                    |
    125   Jun 16 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
    126                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    127                    |
    128   Jun 17 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
    129                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    130                    |
    131   Jun 24 02:00 UTC | Pluggable transports/bridges meeting
    132                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    133                    |
    134   Jun 30 - Jul 02  | Many Tor people @ 15th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
    135                    | Philadelphia, USA
    136                    | https://petsymposium.org/2015/
    137 
    138 
    139 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony and the
    140 Tails developers.
    141 
    142 Want to continue reading TWN? Please help us create this newsletter.
    143 We still need more volunteers to watch the Tor community and report
    144 important news. Please see the project page [19], write down your
    145 name and subscribe to the team mailing list [20] if you want to
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    147 
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    149  [20]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/news-team
    150 }}}
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