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Re: [tor-talk] Neal Krawetz's abcission proposal, and Tor's reputation

On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 01:18:36PM -0400, Roger Dingledine wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 03:07:37PM +0100, Ben Tasker wrote:
> > So his suggestion is portrayed as not sacrificing much, but actually
> > sacrifices quite a lot.
> This is a really important point. Thinking of onion space right now as
> the sum total of all that it can be is cutting off all of the future
> innovation.



> As Alec says, the list of "things that could benefit from having a safe
> communication channel" is both enormous and open-ended. People like to
> use phrases like "dark web" or "dark continent" to evoke mystery and
> intrigue, but really, do you want to use the communications channel where
> you know for sure that you're talking to the person you meant to talk
> to, and you know that it's hard for somebody to eavesdrop on the content
> or the metadata? Or do you want to use the communications channel where
> you don't know who you're talking to, you don't know who is listening,
> and you don't know whether somebody is modifying the traffic?
> Calling onion services the "secure web" and everything else the "insecure
> web" isn't very catchy, so maybe we should settle on calling everything
> else (the places where you don't know who you're talking to or who's
> listening) "dark". :)
> For those following along who haven't watched our 32c3 onion services
> talk, you might find it enlightening:
> https://media.ccc.de/v/32c3-7322-tor_onion_services_more_useful_than_you_think
> (The Defcon talk has a few more details about the next-generation onion
> service design, but I'm told the video for it won't be up for another
> couple of months.)

In "The Once and Future Onion" I contrast onionspace with "the
less-secure web" rather than the insecure web. I think it's a bit more
accurate term: as one example, there is a difference between an
HTTPS-protected (and HSTS enabled, etc.) site and a vanilla HTTP site.
(I also note that going through Tor Browser in general provides the
ordinary user with more route information than they otherwise
have---indeed authenticated route information. And I underscore this
with the phrase "the alliuminated web".)

This article is for a keynote talk I'll be giving at ESORICS in a few
weeks. The proceedings will be published by Springer and the talk hasn't
been given yet, but you can get the paper right now from 

> I think finding ways to tie onion addresses to normal ("insecure web")
> domains, when a service has both, is really important too. I'd like to
> live in a world where Let's Encrypt gives you an onion altname in your
> https cert by default, and spins up a Tor client by default to let users
> reach your webserver using whichever level of security they prefer.

I also mention this point, as well as integration with HTTPS Everywhere in
"The Once and Future Onion".


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