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Tor GUI Competition announcement
Here's the EFF press release. Please forward wherever appropriate,
and please consider helping out! :) (You know you want the T-shirt...)
EFF Wants You to Make Online Anonymity Easy
Announcing the Tor Graphical User Interface Competition
Now information designers can make it easier for people to protect
themselves online. The developers of Tor, a software tool for
communicating anonymously online, today announced the Tor graphical
user interface (GUI) competition. Entrants will create a usable and
aesthetically pleasing GUI for the Tor program, which will allow people
to install and configure Tor easily and monitor the software's performance
while it's running.
"Security depends on knowing what's working correctly and what isn't,"
said Roger Dingledine, Tor project leader. "A good interface tells users
what's going on so they can make smart decisions."
Tor, which is currently being developed with support from the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, helps anonymize web browsing and publishing,
instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP
protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can
build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy
The competition has two phases. First, there will be a design
competition where entrants can submit mock-up sketches of good
interfaces. Second, there will be a competition to create working
implementations of good interfaces. People are encouraged to submit to
either phase or both phases. Winning entries will be open source,
exhibit strong graphic design, and include an intuitive and simple
interface. Students, freelancers, and professionals at all levels are
encouraged to enter. Everyone who enters will get a free Tor t-shirt,
and the best sketches and working implementations will be published on
the Tor website.
The competition winners will be announced at the 2006 SOUPS conference.