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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — February 4th, 2015
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    7 {{{
    8 ========================================================================
    9 Tor Weekly News                                       February 4th, 2015
    10 ========================================================================
    11 
    12 Welcome to the fifth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
    13 newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.
    14 
    15 Mozilla’s Tor relays go live
    16 ----------------------------
    17 
    18 Late last year, Mozilla announced [1] its partnership with the Tor
    19 Project in the Polaris Privacy Initiative [2], a program aimed at
    20 “giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web
    21 experiences”. One of the two Tor-related “experiments” Mozilla planned
    22 to carry out was the operation of several high-capacity middle relays,
    23 and last week Mozilla’s Network Engineering team announced that the new
    24 nodes [3] had been running for several weeks, in a blog post [4] that
    25 explores the technical decisions and challenges they faced in setting
    26 them up.
    27 
    28 The team discussed the hardware and infrastructure chosen for the
    29 relays, configuration management using Ansible (publishing their
    30 playbook [5] at the same time), and security practices, as well as
    31 announcing their intention to continue posting about their experiences
    32 and findings during the experiment.
    33 
    34 Thanks to Mozilla for this contribution to the Tor network!
    35 
    36   [1]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-news/2014-November/000071.html
    37   [2]: https://blog.mozilla.org/privacy/2014/11/10/introducing-polaris-privacy-initiative-to-accelerate-user-focused-privacy-online/
    38   [3]: https://globe.torproject.org/#/search/query=mozilla
    39   [4]: https://blog.mozilla.org/it/2015/01/28/deploying-tor-relays/
    40   [5]: https://github.com/XioNoX/moz-tor-relays/
    41 
    42 Monthly status reports for January 2015
    43 ---------------------------------------
    44 
    45 The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the
    46 month of January has begun. Juha Nurmi released his report first [6],
    47 followed by reports from Philipp Winter [7], Damian Johnson [8], Sherief
    48 Alaa [9], Georg Koppen [10], and David Goulet [11].
    49 
    50   [6]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-January/000748.html
    51   [7]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-January/000749.html
    52   [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-February/000750.html
    53   [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-February/000751.html
    54  [10]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-February/000752.html
    55  [11]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-February/000753.html
    56 
    57 Miscellaneous news
    58 ------------------
    59 
    60 meejah announced [12] version 0.12.0 of txtorcon, the Tor controller
    61 client in Twisted; please see the announcement for a full list of
    62 improvements.
    63 
    64  [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-February/008227.html
    65 
    66 Nick Mathewson submitted a draft of proposal 241 [13], which aims to
    67 protect users against adversaries who are able to attack their
    68 connectivity to the Tor network and force them to use malicious guard
    69 nodes. Roger Dingledine offered [14] some further thoughts.
    70 
    71  [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-February/008223.html
    72  [14]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-February/008226.html
    73 
    74 Nick also set out the schedule for the Tor 0.2.6 feature freeze [15].
    75 
    76  [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-January/008216.html
    77 
    78 After reports from users that Tor Browser’s default obfs4 bridges are no
    79 longer usable in China, David Fifield estimated [16] the time it takes
    80 for the “Great Firewall” to react to new circumvention systems as lying
    81 “between 2 and 10 weeks”, and asked for additional data to narrow the
    82 range further.
    83 
    84  [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-February/008222.html
    85 
    86 Isis Lovecruft “would be super stoked if we could make it as easy and
    87 seamless as possible for the bridge operators who are still running
    88 obfs2 (!!) to move to supporting better, newer pluggable transports”,
    89 such as obfs4, and wondered [17] how to make it possible for operators
    90 running Debian stable to get the necessary dependencies onto their
    91 system without extensive backporting: “If someone has done this, or has
    92 another simple solution, would you mind writing up some short how-to on
    93 the steps you took, please?”
    94 
    95  [17]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-relays/2015-February/006346.html
    96 
    97 The Tails team continued to discuss [18] the advantages and
    98 disadvantages of removing AdBlock Plus from Tails’ version of Tor
    99 Browser.
    100 
    101  [18]: https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2015-February/008003.html
    102 
    103 Sadia Afroz compiled a timeline of Tor blocking events, and shared [19]
    104 it with the ooni-dev mailing list, along with a request for missing data
    105 points; Collin Anderson responded [20] with some additional information.
    106 
    107  [19]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2015-February/000241.html
    108  [20]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2015-February/000242.html
    109 
    110 Patrick Schleizer announced [21] that the Whonix team is looking for “a
    111 sponsor who is willing to donate a suitable sized virtual or root
    112 server”, and gave a list of planned requirements. If you can meet this
    113 need, please see Patrick’s message for next steps.
    114 
    115  [21]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-February/036675.html
    116 
    117 Konstantin Müller shared [22] a report written as part of a Master’s
    118 degree, offering an introduction to “the past, present, and future” of
    119 Tor hidden services.
    120 
    121  [22]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-February/036709.html
    122 
    123 News from Tor StackExchange
    124 ---------------------------
    125 
    126 Windy wanted to know how often a client fetches consensus data from a
    127 directory server [23]. Jens Kubieziel provided some information by
    128 walking through the source code, and concluded: “every minute it is
    129 checked if the consensus document is too old. If it is older than the
    130 current time a new one will be fetched.”
    131 
    132  [23]: https://tor.stackexchange.com/q/6087/88
    133 
    134 Upcoming events
    135 ---------------
    136 
    137   Feb 04 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
    138                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    139                    |
    140   Feb 09 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser online meeting
    141                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    142                    |
    143   Feb 09 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
    144                    | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
    145                    |
    146   Feb 10 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
    147                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    148 
    149 
    150 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by qbi and Harmony.
    151 
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    153 We still need more volunteers to watch the Tor community and report
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    160 }}}
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