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[tor-talk] Tor Weekly News â June 11th, 2015

Tor Weekly News                                          June 11th, 2015

Welcome to the twenty-third issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
newsletter that covers whatâs happening in the Tor community.

Blocking-resistant communication through domain fronting

David Fifield, lead developer of the meek [1] pluggable transport,
co-authored a paper [2] entitled âBlocking-resistant communication
through domain frontingâ, the technique that meek (along with other
software such as Lantern and Psiphon) uses to ensure that its
connections to the Tor network canât be blocked by a censor without
incurring significant collateral damage. The paper is based on the
experience of operating domain-fronting systems on the real network.
Congratulations to the researchers on this milestone in their project!

David also published the monthly summary of costs [3] incurred by the
infrastructure for meek. Rate-limits have now been imposed on some
backends in order to keep the operating costs sustainable.  This
sophisticated pluggable transport is a vital tool for thousands of users
in areas that censor all other circumvention systems, so if you know of
(or are) a friendly funder looking for a worthy project to support,
please let the community know!

  [1]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/meek
  [2]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008940.html
  [3]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008932.html

The Art of Dissent

Laura Poitras, Pulitzer Prize-winning director of the Academy
Award-winning âCitizenfourâ and public advocate for Tor and Tails [4],
documented a collaboration between the Tor Projectâs Jacob Appelbaum and
artist Ai Weiwei â both of them âartists, journalists, dissidents,
polymaths â and targetsâ â involving a âzone of hyper-surveillanceâ,
shredded NSA documents, and several cuddly toy pandas.

Lauraâs film is available to view on the New York Times website [5] as
part of its âOp-Docsâ series, accompanied by an article in which Laura
describes her interest in âthe way being watched and recorded affects
how we act, and how watching the watchers, or counter-surveillance, can
shift powerâ.

  [4]: http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2014/31c3_-_6251_-_en_-_saal_1_-_201412301400_-_state_of_the_onion_-_jacob_-_arma.html
  [5]: http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000003729935/the-art-of-dissent.html

More monthly status reports for May 2015

The wave of regular monthly reports from Tor project members for the
month of May continued, with reports from Isis Lovecruft [6]
(maintaining Torâs bridge distribution system along with other
coding/organizational work), Israel Leiva [7] (leading the GetTor
project), Sukhbir Singh [8] (working on Tor Messenger, TorBirdy, and
GetTor), and Arlo Breault [9] (also developing Tor Messenger, and
maintaining Tor Check).

The Tails team published its monthly report [10], while George
Kadianakis sent out the report for SponsorR [11], and Arturo FilastÃ
reported on the OONI teamâs May progress [12].

Tor Summer of Privacy Students Donncha OâCearbhaill [13] and Jesse
Victors [14] also sent out their first project status reports.

  [6]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000847.html
  [7]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000848.html
  [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000850.html
  [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000851.html
 [10]: https://tails.boum.org/news/report_2015_05/
 [11]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000852.html
 [12]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000853.html
 [13]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-reports/2015-June/000849.html
 [14]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008935.html

Miscellaneous news

Giovanni Pellerano announced [15] version 3.1.41 of Tor2web, the tool
for non-anonymous connections to onion services from regular browsers.
This version of the software allows users to download Tor Browser from
any running Tor2web instance, as well as other improvements. See
Giovanniâs message for more details.

 [15]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-June/038108.html

Donncha OâCearbhaill published the results [16] of his call for input
from onion service operators on the challenges of running
high-performance sites and services through a Tor process.

 [16]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-June/038058.html

teor published a guide [17] to obtaining a copy of OpenSSL on Mac OS X
that is recent enough to build a working copy of Tor.

 [17]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-June/008924.html

Thanks to Justaguy for running another mirror of the Tor Project website
and software archive [18]!

 [18]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-mirrors/2015-June/000903.html

Upcoming events

  Jun 12 19:00 UTC | Tails low-hanging fruit session
                   | https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2015-June/000218.html
  Jun 15 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser meeting
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
  Jun 15 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
                   | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
  Jun 16 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
  Jun 17 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
  Jun 24 02:00 UTC | Pluggable transports/bridges meeting
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
  Jun 30 - Jul 02  | Many Tor people @ 15th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
                   | Philadelphia, USA
                   | https://petsymposium.org/2015/

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