Metrics Reloaded


If you haven’t noticed already, https://metrics.torproject.org/ has a new look. The underlying data, graphing engine, and graphs remain the same.

The goal for this project was to make Tor metrics easier to use and more useful. Our process involved usability inspections, feature brainstorming, rough wireframes, and iterative prototypes. This page documents our process in detail.

We restructured, redesigned, and added content to:

  • Alleviate pain points in using the interface for better workflow and navigation.
  • Aggregate resources for journalists, developers, relay operators, and researchers.
  • Increase compatibility with phones and tablets through responsive design.

It’s truly a place where you can learn interesting facts about the Tor network! We’re especially excited about the news page, which lists various world events with measured anomalies. We hope that the operation, development, and research pages help our many valued Tor community members to find the resources they need. Feel free to email metrics-team@lists.torproject.org with suggestions.

This work was sponsored by Mozilla's Open Source Support. The objectives were to 1) determine the usability of Tor Metrics and 2) address the most pressing usability issues identified (milestone 6.1 and 6.2 of this contract).

OONI is looking for a UX designer!


Passionate about design and Internet freedom?

The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), a free software project under The Tor Project that aims to uncover Internet censorship by monitoring its prevalence around the world, is seeking a UX designer.

Up until recently, users would run OONI’s software (ooniprobe) from the command line. Soon we aim to release both a desktop (web based) and mobile client that will enable users to run ooniprobe from a graphical user interface. We want to make the user interface as usable and graphically appealing as possible to engage more users.

If you’re interested in designing the interface of OONI’s new desktop and mobile clients, please don’t hesitate to apply! Information on how to apply can be found here.

Releasing Tor Animation

Dear Torizens,

I’m thrilled to finally publish something we’ve been working on for a while.

The “Tor Animation” is a short video to help new users and members of our community become more familiar with Tor and understand how Tor Browser protects their privacy online.

The Tor Animation is available in the following languages for stream and download in two sizes of High Definition (~95M) and High Quality (~15M).

Arabic: HD, HQ, YouTube
English: HD, HQ, YouTube
Farsi: HD, HQ, YouTube
French: HD, HQ, YouTube
German: HD, HQ, YouTube
Spanish: HD, HQ, YouTube

Subtitles are available in Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), English, Farsi, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. (special thanks to Karsten Loesing for coordinating the translations)

You can find all the files in this directory, which is also available via torrent.

This could not be possible without the fantastic work of the KAJART studio (@KajartStudio) and the Tor community and we'd like to thank everyone involved.

But we still have work to do. The idea behind this video and other activities like the UX studies is to get closer to end-users and understand their needs. So if you have an idea for making better videos and documentation, or if you're a visual artist and you can help us explain these complex technologies in simple and understandable forms to inexperienced users, please step forward and contact us.

Please consider helping us make the video available in more languages. To make this easier for you, we've added a version of this video without the voice over for download. We'd be glad to accept translated subtitles for any language. If you're also interested in providing voice-overs, please talk to us first. Send your contributions and any feedback to tor-assistants at lists.torproject dot org or contact mrphs on IRC.

Please download and share this video with your friends and help others understand Tor better.

And if you liked the video, make sure you donate to the Tor Project, so we can make more cool things like this.

With love and respect,
Nima Fatemi

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