Hi or-talk, My name is John Schanck, I'm a third year CS student at Hampshire College, and I'll be working with Tor this summer through Google Summer of Code. First, let me say how excited I am to have this opportunity - I've been following the Tor project for several years now and can think of no better place to devote my efforts. Many thanks to those of you who read my proposal, especially Mike Perry who has graciously agreed to mentor the project, and Damian and Erinn who have also offered up some of their time. I'm going to be working on improving the Snakes on a Tor (SoaT) exit scanner. For those of you not familiar with it, SoaT aims to detect malicious, misconfigured, or heavily censored exit nodes by comparing the results of queries fetched across those exits to results obtained without Tor. It's an ambitious project, originally developed by Mike Perry and crafted into its current form by Aleksei Gorney during GSoC 2008, so my goals are modest. I'm going to begin by stabilizing the existing codebase, and then work on minimizing the number of false positives generated by the current filters. If time permits I'll also begin designing new filters to handle adversaries not yet accounted for. If you'd like to talk about the project (or just say hello), you can find me on OFTC under the nickname 'susurrusus'. Cheers, John PS. Congratulations to the other accepted students, I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your projects :).
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