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Re: [tor-talk] Tor's reputation problem with pedo, some easy steps the community could take

Part of the problem is that Tor is really inconvenient to use. The only
people who hang out on Tor are criminals because generally, it's only worth
the trouble if you are a criminal.

Bitcoin faced the same problem. Bitcoin was used primarily by criminals
until it became more interesting for other things. If there were more
onions on tor non-crime related that were interesting in ways that
clear-web sites are not interesting, Tor may be able to overcome it's
reputation. It will also be an easier transition if using Tor is made to be
as convenient as using the normal internet.

On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM, Chris Patti <cpatti@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Tor has a rather severe reputation problem at the moment.  Given the recent
> revelations around malware on the network, and the pervasiveness of
> pedophilia, I think we should consider a course of action to help boost the
> network's PR.
> For one - while nobody is interested in acting as the police and stamping
> out the pedo material, cleaning up links to pedo sites on the hidden wiki
> and the various other link dirs would be a good start.
> As a newcomer to Tor, as I explored the various onions out there, I felt as
> if practically everywhere I turned there were links taking me to pedo
> sites, IRC channels etc.
> I recognize that free speech means free speech for everyone, even those
> with views that we find objectionable, but there's nothing to stop the
> community from turning a cold shoulder to these people who see informed
> consent as being an optional or academic concept.
> Just my $.02
> Thanks,
> -Chris
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