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[GSoC] Improving Snakes on a Tor

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'.


PS. Congratulations to the other accepted students, I look forward to
meeting you and hearing about your projects :).

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