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[tor-talk] Tor Weekly News -- February 22nd, 2016

Tor Weekly News                                       Febrary 22nd, 2016

Welcome to the 2nd issue in 2016 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
newsletter that covers what's happening in the Tor community.


 1. Tor Browser 6.0a2 is out
 2. Dev Meeting and Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia
 3. Monthly status reports for January
 4. Miscellaneous news
 5. Upcoming events

Tor Browser 6.0a2 is out

The Tor Browser team put out a new release in the experimental series
[1]. It updates Firefox to 38.6.1esr (which includes some important
security updates), includes some bugfixes on the Tor side of things, and
ships with two new obfs4 bridges. These updates landed first in the
stable releases 5.5.1 and 5.5.2.

 [1]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-60a2-hardened-released

Dev Meeting and Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia

A group of around 80 Tor contributors will meet in Spain this weekend
for the biannual developers' meeting to make plans for the next 6 months
and beyond. There is a wiki page with some proposed topics of discussion

Immediately after, in the same city, is the Internet Freedom Festival, a
multidisciplinary "unconference" with discussions, workshops,
and hackathons addressing community, advocacy, tooling, and more [3].

 [2]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/meetings/2016WinterDevMeeting/AgendaIdeas
 [3]: https://internetfreedomfestival.org/

Monthly status reports for January

Tor project members sent in their January reports: Colin [4] worked on
a long-term support plan, the user manual, and Canadian exit capacity.
The Pearl Crescent [5] and Tor Browser [6] teams did a lot of dev
work for the 5.5 stable release and made some setup wizard improvements
which are in the alpha releases. David [7] worked on proposals 224
(next-generation hidden services) and 250 (shared random values in the
consensus), and started adding some tracepoints to tor for
instrumentation during debugging and simulation. Damian [8] made some
improvements to his terminal-based relay monitor, Nyx, and to his
tor-controlling Python library, Stem. The OONI team [9] released a
web-based explorer for the crowdsourced measurements of censorship and
network tampering they've been collecting for the past few years.
Isabela [10] wrote reports and proposals to sponsors, and discussed
future design work with Simply Secure. George [11][12] worked on guard
selection and next-generation hidden services in proposals 246, 247,
250, 259, and reviewed some reports from the new HackerOne bug bountry
program. Leiah [13] finished up the fundraising campaign with a few
graphics. Georg [14] worked on the Tor Browser build, signing, and
release processes. The Core Tor team [15] tested guard selection
improvements, did some work towards hiding directory authorities
(proposal 257), and worked on the Ed25519 implementation. Karsten [16]
worked on Metrics (a website with plots of interesting Tor-related
numbers), Onionoo (a web API surfacing the real-time consensus data),
Globe (a web app built on Onionoo), and CollecTor (an archive of
historical consensus data). Isis [17] finished the "bridge guards"
implementation (proposal 188), which makes it harder for an adversary to
find (and block) the unpublished entry-points into the Tor network.

  [4]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000976.html
  [5]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000977.html
  [6]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000978.html
  [7]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000979.html
  [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000980.html
  [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000981.html
 [10]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000982.html
 [11]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000983.html
 [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000986.html
 [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000984.html
 [14]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000985.html
 [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000987.html
 [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000988.html
 [17]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2016-February/000989.html

Miscellaneous news

There's a new tor-onions mailing list [18] for discussion around
setting up and operating hidden services. It's analogous to the
tor-relays mailing list [19], which may be of interest to relay

 [20]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tor-onions
 [21]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tor-relays

Upcoming events

Feb 26 - Mar 01 | Tor Dev Meeting
                | Valencia, Spain
                | https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/meetings/2016WinterDevMeeting
Mar 01 - Mar 06 | Internet Freedom Festival
                | Valencia, Spain
                | https://internetfreedomfestival.org/

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