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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — August 20th, 2015
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    7 {{{
    8 ========================================================================
    9 Tor Weekly News                                        August 20th, 2015
    10 ========================================================================
    11 
    12 Welcome to the thirty-second issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the
    13 weekly newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.
    14 
    15 Contents
    16 --------
    17 
    18  1. Tor Browser 5.0.1 is out
    19  2. Tor talks at Chaos Communication Camp 2015
    20  3. Happy sixth birthday, Tails!
    21  4. Miscellaneous news
    22  5. Upcoming events
    23 
    24 Tor Browser 5.0.1 is out
    25 ------------------------
    26 
    27 The Tor Browser team put out a new stable version [1] of the
    28 privacy-preserving browser. Version 5.0.1 fixes a crash bug in the
    29 recent 5.0 release that was hindering some users’ attempts to access
    30 popular websites like Google Maps and Tumblr. There are no other changes
    31 in this release.
    32 
    33 Thanks to the new automatic update mechanism in the Tor Browser 5.x
    34 series, you are probably already running the upgraded version! If not,
    35 head to the project page [2] to get your copy.
    36 
    37   [1]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-501-released
    38   [2]: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html
    39 
    40 Tor talks at Chaos Communication Camp 2015
    41 ------------------------------------------
    42 
    43 There was a heavy Tor presence at the recent Chaos Communication
    44 Camp [3] near Zehdenick, Germany, and as usual there were some
    45 Tor-related talks by community members that are now available to watch
    46 online. Tor and Debian developer Lunar, one of the minds behind Debian’s
    47 pioneering and highly successful reproducible builds project [4] (itself
    48 inspired by the Tor Browser team’s work in this line [5]) gave a talk
    49 entitled “How make your software build reproducibly” [6].
    50 
    51 Tor Project Director of Communications Kate Krauss, meanwhile,
    52 participated in a talk entitled “What’s the catch?” [7], addressing the
    53 subject of free software projects receiving funding from State
    54 organizations, and the ways in which this does or does not affect the
    55 work of these projects.
    56 
    57 Tor developers also participated in the “Tor Services using GNS” session
    58 of the Youbroketheinternet village [8]. The session was about Tor using
    59 GNS as its name resolution system, and about various ways that we could
    60 integrate GNUNet and other anonymity systems with Tor. It was decided
    61 that the discussion will continue on the tor-dev mailing list.
    62 
    63   [3]: https://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Main_Page
    64   [4]: https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds
    65   [5]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/deterministic-builds-part-one-cyberwar-and-global-compromise
    66   [6]: https://media.ccc.de/browse/conferences/camp2015/camp2015-6657-how_to_make_your_software_build_reproducibly.html
    67   [7]: https://media.ccc.de/browse/conferences/camp2015/camp2015-6900-what_s_the_catch.html
    68   [8]: https://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Session:Tor_Services_using_GNS
    69 
    70 Happy sixth birthday, Tails!
    71 ----------------------------
    72 
    73 In the small hours of Sunday night, the Tails project turned six years
    74 old [9]. It may still have most of its milk teeth, but the anonymous
    75 live operating system is already the security tool of choice for a wide
    76 range of users. It has been endorsed by Reporters Without Borders,
    77 groups campaigning against domestic violence, and the team behind the
    78 Academy Award-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR (among many others), as
    79 Voice of America reported last month [10].
    80 
    81 The Tails team has laid out its vision for the next two years in its
    82 draft 2016-2017 roadmap [11], and you can read a summary of its current
    83 activities in the last monthly report [12]. Congratulations to the team
    84 on reaching this anniversary!
    85 
    86   [9]: https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2015-August/000297.html
    87  [10]: http://www.voanews.com/content/digital-solution-helps-shield-online-activists/2873529.html
    88  [11]: https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/roadmap_2016-2017/
    89  [12]: https://tails.boum.org/news/report_2015_07/
    90 
    91 Miscellaneous news
    92 ------------------
    93 
    94 Hot on the heels of last week’s 2.4 release, Karsten Loesing put out
    95 version 2.5 [13] of Onionoo, the Tor network data observatory. This
    96 release adds a new optional field named “measured” to Onionoo’s details
    97 documents. “The main idea behind this new field is that relay operators
    98 and Tor network debuggers can now figure out easily whether a relay is
    99 affected by not being measured by a sufficient number of bandwidth
    100 authorities and as a result has lower usage than it could handle”,
    101 writes Karsten. The new field is not yet shown in Onionoo web interfaces
    102 like Globe and Atlas, but it is accessible through the Onionoo API. For
    103 more details, see the relevant ticket [14].
    104 
    105  [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-August/009291.html
    106  [14]: https://bugs.torproject.org/16020
    107 
    108 David Fifield announced that the recent outage affecting meek’s
    109 Microsoft Azure backend is now resolved [15]. Most users will have
    110 switched to the workaround version included in the most recent Tor
    111 Browser releases, but if for some reason you are still using the old
    112 configuration, it too should now be working once again.
    113 
    114  [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-August/038780.html
    115 
    116 David Stainton asked for brief code review of his Twisted-based Tor HTTP
    117 proxy [16]. “Is this project worthy of your precious 10 minutes to
    118 review it... so I can improve the code quality?”
    119 
    120  [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-August/009260.html
    121 
    122 Upcoming events
    123 ---------------
    124 
    125   Aug 24 17:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
    126                    | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
    127                    |
    128   Aug 24 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser meeting
    129                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    130                    |
    131   Aug 25 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
    132                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    133                    |
    134   Aug 26 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
    135                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    136                    |
    137   Aug 26 14:00 UTC | Measurement team meeting
    138                    | #tor-project, irc.oftc.net
    139                    |
    140   Sep 02 02:00 UTC | Pluggable transports/bridges meeting
    141                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    142                    |
    143   Sep 03 19:00 UTC | Tails contributors meeting
    144                    | #tails-dev, irc.oftc.net
    145                    | https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2015-August/000296.html
    146                    |
    147   Sep 27 - Oct 03  | Tor summer dev meeting 2015
    148                    | Berlin, Germany
    149                    | https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/meetings/2015SummerDevMeeting
    150                    |
    151   Oct 01 - Oct 03  | ADINA15: A Dive Into Network Anomalies
    152                    | Rome, Italy
    153                    | https://ooni.torproject.org/event/adina15/
    154 
    155 
    156 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony, Karsten
    157 Loesing, and George Kadianakis.
    158 
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    167 }}}
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