Research for Tor


  • Research ideas
  • Shows research safety information
  • Contact info for checking your research
  • Chelsea’s post on effective and impactful research

Seeking to change Ideas page:

  • Link to blog posts on research questions
    • Mike notes: there are 2-3 posts coming out soon
  • Linking to other things tagged research
  • And Chelsea’s post
  • Would like to have something a bit more permanent and regularly updated on this
    • Issue — so many changes that it’s hard to keep it up
    • Can we have high-level summaries on a page and links from there to detailed blog posts?
  • 2 audiences:
    • 1st-year grad students: overview would be helpful, more static
    • Profs: want to know from Tor on what Tor team thinks about research: more dynamic

The high-level static ideas page

  • Have a set of ~3 papers about an idea to get started
  • Other info: Basics on Tor, like the torspec and other materials
    • sounds useful
    • It’s “Tor” not TOR!
  • Thinking to move anonbib into the research page
    • Though maintaining anonbib is too much work
    • Suggestion: instead of anonbib, include only very Tor-relevant papers in the Tor research papers page (Torbib)
    • Automation: grab Tor stuff from CCS and other conferences?
    • Have people submit things and vet them?
    • What about fuzzy partially Tor papers? Doesn’t have to be perfect
  • Proposal: this would be a lektor site: Same as the support site and such
    • Note: upcoming change is that this might be replaced with a github process, but point is the same
  • It would be great to have a list of research groups working on Tor stuff
    • Current list is very incomplete
    • Link to research groups
    • Can this be tracked through the Torbib effort?
    • Can professors teaching Tor-related research classes manage some of the work?
    • Can Roger Dingledine post on the blog drawn from the NSF proposals that indicate the research impact of Tor

Dynamic thing:

  • Nikita goes on Tor IRC to read about what people think about research
  • It would be helpful to have summaries from Tor people on what they think about a paper
  • e.g. Why not implement this now? What is not known here? What they don’t like? Why does it not solve the problem?
  • This would be work, who would do it?
    • Note: even keeping up anonbib is not viable
    • Get grad students in each area to manage it? Give them credit on the page.
    • JSOC-style. Pair grad student with Tor person to write a shared post
    • Can keep these on the blog? Citable thing.
    • Make them into an IEEE Magazine article? Oh, maybe not enough new for that?
  • How to assign grad students to this?
    • The interested student can jump into it
    • Find a couple of students to seed a couple of areas
    • Need an editorial process with Tor.
    • First the student IDs the papers and gets the thing started, then pair w/ Tor person

Mailing list

  • Hey, we should have a Tor researcher mailing list!
  • public archives? or not?
    • suggested to treat things as a public list, since you don’t know who’s on there
  • Criteria: published a paper on Tor? sufficient but not necessary.
  • Criteria: have a Syverson number of at most 3
  • Nobody wants to moderate the list, so gatekeep the list
    • No per-message moderation
  • Only established Tor researchers
    • Would also allow Tor staff
    • What about researchers new to Tor research? It’s a trade-off.
    • Maybe can get invited, and 2nd layers?
    • Will figure it out later, but definitely create the list

Chelsea’s Post

  • How to get your research implemented into Tor
    • e.g. standardized, reproducible
  • Should this be on the portal? Some weak consensus on yes.
  • Are there things that should be changed?
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