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[tor-talk] EFF campaigns for Tor


Just received this message from EFF. I am happy to see joined forces of such a 
powerful coalition. 



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Subject: Run a Tor relay to help defend online anonymity
Date: Thursday 05 June 2014, 12:10:51
From: Rainey Reitman | EFF Activism Team <action@xxxxxxx>

Dear XXX,

Democratic activists, whistleblowers, and journalists all over the world rely 
on Tor to shield their identities when they use the Internet. Itâs software 
that helps Internet users protect their anonymity and circumvent censorship. 
When you use Tor, your real IP address remains hidden from the sites you visit
âand anybody else who might be eavesdropping.

Tor is strong code. Itâs one of the few technologies reported to thwart the 
National Security Agency's passive surveillance practices. But Tor can only 
exist because of an international network of volunteers running relays.

Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Tor Project, the Free Software 
Foundation, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation are launching a joint 
campaign to encourage Internet users all over the world to support the Tor 
network by operating relays.

We need volunteers. The more Tor relays we have running, the faster and more 
secure the Tor network becomes. Want to help out? Join us: 

The Tor network is actively under attack. Documents released by Edward Snowden 
show that government agencies are spending lots of time and money trying to 
find ways to hack or get around Tor. From what we've seen, the NSA techniques 
revealed in those documents are unable to defeat the underlying structure of 
the network. Instead, the documents show that agencies have been forced to 
turn to other incidental vulnerabilities to entrap Tor users, for example by 
exploiting bugs in browsers and other software.

Tor remains a powerful tool against surveillance by the NSA and other 
government agencies. But it can only be that strong if there is a diverse, 
committed network of volunteers donating bandwidth to the network. Please join 
us in creating that future for Tor.

How to get involved: Weâve created a detailed legal FAQ about Tor 
[https://www.eff.org/torchallenge/faq.html] and The Tor Project has a guide 
for setting up a Tor relay [https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-
relay.html.en]. Once youâre running a Tor relay, register your relay on our 
campaign page [https://www.eff.org/torchallenge/].

Already running a Tor relay? This is a great moment to increase the bandwidth 
of your relay. Existing relays can participate by adding at least 128 KB/s to 
your RelayBandwidthRate and RelayBandwidthBurst, and registering on our site.

Not ready to run a Tor relay? Thatâs OK. The Freedom of the Press Foundation 
has suggestions for other ways to help support Tor: 

Resetting the Net. Our campaign is part of a larger movement of digital rights 
activists across the world working to make surveillance more difficult. Itâs 
called Reset the Net. Check out the website to learn more about the project: 


Rainey Reitman
EFF Activism Director
Support our work: https://supporters.eff.org/donate/support-online-privacy-
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 815 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 USA

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