There has been a considerable amount of work in the area of Tor incentives since the last post on the topic in 20
For a few years now, funders have been asking if they can pay Tor to run more relays. I kept telling them their money was better spent on code and design improvements:
The Tor network is run by volunteers, and for the most part is entirely independent of the software development effort led by The Tor Project, Inc.
Tor's entry guard design protects users in a variety of ways.
Updated 06/30/2010: Mention Reduced Exit Policy, ISP Shopping Tips, and Abuse Response Templates
New releases, new hires, new funding
Congratulations to Chrisd for assuming maintainership of the Polipo codebase from Juliusz.
A while ago there was a thread on OR-TALK that devolved into