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Re: [tor-talk] How to make 100.000 bridge?

On 1/14/12 5:38 PM, arpooya wrote:
> Yes, it's really a problem to find a tech-savvy person to run a private
> bridge outside the censored regions. Recently, I wanted to test
> obfsproxy and that adds to the problem! I had to find a person having
> enough time and knowledge to configure an obfsproxy server out there!
> Any idea to make the whole process of "making a machine a Tor bridge"
> more automated is great! Right now, Vidalia interface is really
> straightforward in setting up a Tor bridge, but to make it operational,
> the port forwarding part which should be done manually (in most cases)
> is a hassle for a normal user.

Well, that's the main point, to find out "solutions" that even if may
appear sub-optimal from technical point of view, could be optimal to
leveraged the crowd effect.

To let the crowd get engaged in participatory Tor network support,
participation must be extremely-simple and extremely-low-resources.

Anything that goes above extreme simplicity represent a limitation to
the crowd-scalability of a solution.

Nowdays internet = web.

Users think web.

Everything else, including concept like "TCP port" or "NAT" can be
difficult to be understood.

It would be interesting to imagine a future situation where the Bridge
concept evolve into a simpler software acting just as a proxy, but being
deploy-able as a web application and usable as web url.

A Tor Client (in a tor-blocked country) can just:
- start tor
- type a bunch of URLs (in place of bridges provided as IP:Port)
- navigate via TBB

Any webmaster or blogger can participate to the Tor network just by:
- load a single .php file on an existing website via hosting control
panel/wordpress/drupal/joomla installer

The 'Web World' is much bigger than the '*nix nerd world', so being able
to engage them in support for Tor would eventually create a huge amount
of Tor proxy.

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