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Re: [tor-talk] Better Privacy for Tor Node Operators

On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Curious Kid wrote:

Running a Tor node is an all or  nothing proposition - either you accept fully
the ramifications of a personal  identifier (no matter how flawed it is) being
tied to this subversive activity  FOR ALL TIME, or you don't.

You don't need to run a node for your ISP to know that you are a Tor user. Even
downloading Tor is enough to make a person suspect in some places.

I witnessed an incident on the #tor IRC channel in which a user that had decided
to operate a relay was looking for guidance on what kind of relay. Several
people warned against it because of privacy the "privacy risks" involved. (This
wasn't very long ago; maybe there is a log.) I got the feeling that the person
then seriously reconsidered even bothering.

I don't think that running a Tor node is considered a subversive activity in
Democratic nations. I encourage anybody who can run a node to do so if they have
resources to spare.

I don't think running a Tor node is _currently_ considered a subversive activity in democratic nations. But the records last forever, or should be assumed to.

Go ask some Japanese people in California[1] how fast and profoundly "things change".

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese-American_internment
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