Support the Tor Project 2016!

Today the Tor Project launches our end-of-year crowdfunding campaign, themed "Tor: at the Heart of Internet Freedom." This is part of our initiative to diversify our funding sources and improve our communications with you, our contributors and supporters. We're using the open-source membership platform CiviCRM to help us manage things, and donors should receive thank-you notes and swag in a timely fashion.

The Tor Project has been around for ten years, making tools that promote and protect the essential human rights of people around the world. Our work protects activists from persecution, whistleblowers from retribution, and vulnerable and marginalized people from further attacks and isolation.

The need for Tor is greater than ever.

Surveillance and censorship harm our freedom to exchange ideas, connect with our families and friends, and improve our lives--matters of the head...and the heart.

The Tor Project is more than a software organization. Tor is a labor of love by an international community passionate about preserving your freedom to express yourself fearlessly and keep private things private.

As another year comes to a close, won't you join us as we provide anonymizing technologies crucial to protecting our human rights? Please support this important work by making a tax-deductible donation now:

Here are some of the things we've accomplished over the last year, thanks in part to donations from our community:

· Updated and released over a dozen stable versions of the Tor Browser, a critical tool for securely and anonymously accessing the Tor Network and all Internet websites, to add features and fix bugs in coordination with new releases of Mozilla Firefox.

· Added additional Pluggable Transports (PTs) to the Tor Browser, making it easier for users under repressive governments to connect to the Tor network and bypass censorship.

· Improved the security and performance of the core Tor program, the underlying proxy software that Tor Browser uses to protect your traffic.

· Researched post-quantum cryptography alternatives for deployment to ensure the security of our systems into the future.

· Upgraded our cryptographic backends to ensure that Tor can provide the widest number of supported cryptographic algorithms, as well as support platform specific implementations.

· Strengthened our external community by ramping up work on better user support and documentation, including a new Tor Browser manual.

· Strengthened our internal community by coming together around the Tor Social Contract, which affirms our commitment to our beliefs, including our promise to never put backdoors into Tor.

· Grew the Community Team to build the network of people around the world doing Tor outreach and to provide them with training resources.

· Empowered people in Brazil, Russia, Turkey, and other countries suffering from increased censorship in 2016.

· Improved GetTor, helping more people who live under oppressive censorship regimes to easily access the Tor Browser and other vital information.

· Released the public beta of OONI Explorer, a global map of Internet censorship (and how well Tor circumvents it) in over 100 countries over the last three years.

· Made great progress toward next-generation Onion Services, including deployment throughout the Debian infrastructure, and tools like OnionBalance, a server tool that helps improve the stability and availability of popular Onion Services.

· Conducted an informal review of our major bugs from the last few years to look for trends and patterns to help us use our time and resources more effectively to write our code more safely over the coming years.

· Served as a founding partner in a Day of Action protesting changes to Rule 41 of the US Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. This rule will make it easier for the FBI to legally hack into devices that use Tor or a VPN, wherever in the world those devices are located.

· Released an experimental prototype of a Tor Android phone, an important step in providing uncensored Internet access for millions of worldwide mobile device users.

· Built a sandbox system for Tor Browser for Linux, to be released in alpha form by the end of the year, that will help protect users from malicious attacks at the application layer.

· Grew the community of enthusiastic privacy and security developers, including mentoring seven students in the Google Summer of Code program.

· Continued our central role in the privacy research community, pointing academic research groups at the most pressing problems and helping their results to have real-world impact.

In the coming year, we can do so much more! Please help us keep up the good fight. Make your tax-deductible contribution to the Tor Project today:

Thank you for your support!

Shari Steele
Executive Director
The Tor Project

Please don't hate the whole project for one member making one mistake.
If he did that it was bad, sure, but look at Tor's enemies like PLA-great firewall of China/NSA-bullrun/GCHQ-opticnerve, most of their members do evil on purpose most ofmthe time. So please don't hate Tor project. If you want to donate to freedom and democracy but you hate Tor, please donate to riseup/tails/i2p/freenet/serval/rumble(mesh networking).
Happy Thanksgiving!

Please don't hate a whole project for one overworked member of their overworked team making a mistake. Judging by the issue tracker there is simply far too much work andnfar too little developers to fix issues and review changes (such as enabling SSE2 optimization without having time to make a fallback codepath).
I know this sounds cliche but it's true; the more donations they get, the more developers they can hire.


November 24, 2016


I want to send 0.001 BTC - it is 0.74 $ approximately.

Please select a value that is not less than 0.01.

I have no 7$ for you, only 0.74$.
Are you interesting?

What is actual interest in enabling digital crypto-currency oriented on small(tiny)-transactions, like 0.0000 0001 Satoshi,
but lock it with dirty exchanger to 1,000,000 !!!! ONE MILLION rounding of Power of Currency.

Hey! Yeah, I wanna to spent 0.0000 1984 BTC just to be sure you are remember Orwell and what he did for your existence.

No, you are locking me.... No less than 7$...

It is big sum!! It is 4, FOUR bottles of champagne there, where I'm living.
Dirty, Warm, Soviet Champagne - so cheap... ahhahahaa...

Hey, Where is this brutal, angry, evil method - just to post ADDRESS, like this did Like this did Snowden... Like anyone who are using this digital-money-network.

It is hardcoded into project - to use such HASHEs - and it is pretty cool.

Where do you moving, when cutting %.8f to %.2f???
Why are you using side exchanger to collect our moneys?

GIVE US BTC ADDRESS - HARDCODED inside tor's source code!!!
We will use it intensively.
Without stupid limits - "no less than 7$"

The reason Tor doesn't accept direct bitcoin donations is because we want to pass our yearly audits (see, and no US non-profit has ever possessed bitcoins and passed its audit. That's not to say it can't be done, but, choose your battles.

In the mean time, if you want to give tiny amounts of bitcoin in support of Tor, check out these non-profits that run exit relays and (last I checked) accept bitcoin directly:


Thanks arma&other Tor project members for protecting democracy.
If this isn't too presumptious to suggest, might you consider including a hardcoded bitcoin address in Tor, that goes to some Tor-related project, since you can't include one for Tor itself? Maybe in GUI about page and CLI banner?

Anyway, I did not see a reason to be so pure, white and fluffy behind the government.

I've seen Snowden's movie yesterday.
Seems, they are not playing on your side.

This is true, that the Russia is not the best place to travel, while you are trying to repair something with Rights in U.S.A.
As well as Assange's Ecuador's embassy.

From the other side, where is this place?

And it is exist.

Here! ---> Behind Tor.

At this point.
Just look at your "taxes policy" as one of such whistle-blower.
Do you like that Snowden opened all of secrets of your government about tapping & sniffing, what is new here?
Opened it inside country which was a long time potential adversary to your country?

Looks like traitor's or dirty double agent's "fair" play.

1) Snowden declassifying top secrets documents in Russia.

2) Tor's project taking grants from Department of Defense.
Plus, rejecting tiny/small "anonymous" donations via Bitcoin.

3) ? What can be else the same curiously?
Putin, who are making fork from FreeNet project?

The first reply, isn't from me. But I think it should mentioned that's not probably not that uncommon if some makes a Bitcoin transaction and than would like just to dispose that account and if there's still something left (like few bugs), it's probably not the worst idea to give it like small amount of change to some organization/charity etc. (eg some shops have jar or boxes to collect change)

But its also great to help the wider tor-ecosystem (like tails), and if you have some bitcoin to spare it's great if you help them, eg. groups/organizations run parts of the infrastructure (like directory authorities, eg riseup, ccc etc. (may have changed cos there where some changes regarding directory authorities in the year) ) and/or (relative) trust-worthy exits like the ccc or

  • is a German charitable non-profit that runs a wide variety of exit relays worldwide. They also like donations of bandwidth from ISPs.
  • Noisebridge is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that collects donations and turns them into more US-based exit relay capacity.
  • Nos Oignons is a French charitable non-profit that runs fast exit relays in France.
  • DFRI is a Swedish non-profit running exit relays.

Most of them have IBAN and BIC euro-accounts (as does Tor) and the banks probably take a "small cut" (fees) than paypal does.

Other ways of donating to Tor are describt on

eg Donate via European Bank Transfer, unfortunately it seems to me that that option is a bit hidden

Roger, the good humor with which you handle comments like the parent make me eager to donate more to the project.

I wanted to give thanks for your leadership and your life's example.


November 25, 2016


even do we live in dark times i see some great future for tor, with the ipbill in the uk more people will be aware about tor and will use ultimately adding the anonymity set of tor


November 25, 2016


I wish you a lot of success for this end-of-year crowdfunding campaign.
I read & read "how to run a tor-relay" but it looks that this opportunity could be taken only for the enterprises/companies which offers a fast & secure bandwidth ; as single user , i doubt to be useful in the goal of supporting the tor-project.
Good luck.

Every relay helps.
Non-exit relays won't get DCMA takedown notices, ever.
If your country is safe to be a Tor user in without Plugfable Transports(like obfs4), then it's probably safe to be a non-exit relay there. It will be known that Tor id associated with your IP, which is already known if you are a regular Tor user without PT.


November 25, 2016


Should Tor be freed from state sponsoring and more diverse in its funding?
Diversity, like in nature, is key, more diverse sources more security if one
Witch states could replace or fund Tor if USG fails?
Not here in France, not here in UK, not here everywhere, so what's left ?
Us, the People, through our little means but we are millions, so let's do it
before it's too late, when we still can.

Long live the Tor Project.

Well, it probably needs some encouragement and some explanation to people, that there are service that are gratis but finance them selves but collecting and selling their user's data and there are project that need donations to stay free, as in freedom (to plagiarize rms) -- basically, a lot of people are happy to throw money at murky vpn-providers (not all of them are murky, for some use-case they are the better option like bittorent, etc.) if they would start making regular or monthly donations to Tor Project and/or the wider tor-ecosystem a lot could be done (or other project that might be interesting like i2p, freenet etc.)

On the other hand Tor is free software and any government should be allowed to contribute and use the Tor software as the license allows them to do. (If you don't trust in the integrity of the developer-community and the review, it's probably better not to use the software in the first place -- but of course, some issue remain, how much influence a "big donator" has over decision like priorities, staff (At least in the past their were rumors that the Tor company may prefer not seeing their employee working with Wikileaks, or traveling to Cuba and the DPRK but who knows safe the tor cadres :D) ))


November 25, 2016


Dear developers, one of the attacks described in the NSA's "Tor Stinks" slide is to literally worsen Tor user's experience. I think cloudflare does exactly that, without mentioning all the sites that block Tor. Please fix that, especially cloudflare's captchas, with my 50kb/s it's getting ridiculous......


November 25, 2016


When a vulnerability was found in SSL/TLS that enabled hackers to degrade their victims' security to RSA_EXPORT, called Logjam(CVE-2015-4000) was exposed, authorities reacted quickly to protect people from this breach, and SSL/TLS implementations were secured to no longer be vulnerable to downgrade hacks. Problem solved, government networks win, corporate networks win, civilian networks win.

When a vulnerability was found in GSM that enabled hackers to degrade their victims' security to A5/2, called Stingray(no CVE number for some reason) was exposed, authorities reacted quickly to commercialize the exploit kits and sell them to brutal dictators, and GSM was never trusted again, nor was any phone which fell back to it (almost all do). Problem amplified, government cell-nets lose, corporate cell-nets lose, civilian cell-nets lose.

What a strange contradiction. Maybe Russia is responsible. Or North Korea, China, Cuba, Vietnam, or some other red fraction.


November 26, 2016


Saying "choose totalitarianism or let America be over-run by terrorists and anarchists" is a false dichotomy.
The choice isn't between having the feds continue to nullify more and more of the bill of rights, and total anarchy/oligarchy with no government whatsoever.
Libertarianism isn't the former or latter. Republicans are the former (Bush's 8 year War on Liberty) and Democrats are the former (Obama's 8 year War on Liberty) is the former.

Libertarianism is having the bill of righta protect citizens from corrupt government officials, as well as protecting them from corrupt business executives.
Libertarianism is giving power to the government that the constitution says that the government can have.

Giving the powers that the constitution says are reserved to the people, back to the people, doesn't mean the government having no power. It means the government having as much power as it did in the beginning, plus the power to enforce ratified ammendments that were legally added, such as letting African Americans and women vote.

Libertarianism means the feds have very little power, just the power that is really important for them to have, with most of the government power going to the states, and any powers not explicitly granted to the government being reserved by the people.

I just want to see America succeed, and for that to happen it needs a leader who keeps his oath to uphold the constitution.


November 27, 2016

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)


> Republicans are the former (Bush's 8 year War on Liberty) and Democrats are the former (Obama's 8 year War on Liberty) is the former.

As someone coming from the opposite end of the political spectrum (radical socialism), I find it encouraging that Socialists, Greens and Libertarians are all passionately opposed to authoritarian governments which are responsive only to the desires of the billionaires. The two "mainstream" parties are both quite frightened by possibility that such common ground among people who prefer such disparate ideologies might further fracture and erode their own member base. Here's hoping that the long overdue end of their repressive hegemony is nigh.


November 27, 2016

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)


I agree with the majority of your statements yet I see that the likely ability of seeing a physical change is slim to none. There needs to be a redistribution of wealth in order for America to succeed. As a redistribution of wealth will inadvertently redistribute power back to the lower end of the less economically enabled. Unfortunately ignorance breeds more ignorance especially on matters of this magnitude (there is actual scientific research behind this and I"m not talking out of my butt).

Since wealth(money) is only a tool used to capture power, it should be the starting point for real change.....can I borrow five buck?


November 26, 2016


Thank you Shari for all of the work you and everyone at the Tor Project do. I use Tor daily to protect my privacy from my supposedly democratic government. I can't thank you and all of the developers, researchers, etc. enough for all the work you do.


November 27, 2016


While I support the objectives of privacy advocacy, I am also opposed to it as well...Let me explain..

IMO, which is just mine, I feel that privacy is of the utmost concern...yet I am compelled to state that the ability to use technology for surveillance is needed....before you huff and puff let me explain further

For example, my issue is with the lack of transparency on what technology is in possession of regulatory authorities. While I agree that enforcement agencies should have the capabilities to source data to monitor illegal activities (ex. a suspected child molester, etc.) the collateral information (those that are innocent but collected in a "cluster" of data) should be purged. If a government came out at said "we have technology to read what you write in real time, look through your cameras when you think they are off, and listen to your phone conversations while you speak" it may have been more able to have been acceptable by a larger population scale.

The after the fact notice is the problem. The manner in which people found out because of the lack of transparency is what helps to foster disdain for trust issues. Now in regards to the collateral data being used to see what I'm looking at in order for media and advertisement campaigns is absolutely absurd and should be made illegal. This data collection should be against the law when it does in fact breech my privacy. Just because I look at camera's on google doesn't mean that I should be receiving advertisements about it for the next week and a half on 90% of the non-camera webpages that I visit.

I think the problems with ability is involved in capability. The ability to do something has been proven. What scares people is the capability to do something. Unfortunately, humanity is based on greed, money, and power. Those with money become hungry for power influenced by greed. And crypto-currency (bitcoin) directly threatens the power that has already been attained by those that should NOT have the power that they do. If you redistribute wealth, (which is needed IMO) then you redistribute POWER. Which threatens those with power (Governmental agencies, political powers, evil corporations, etc.) then they will try to evade or destroy the attempts of the redistribution.

IMO, all human beings should have equal power, period..Political leaders are supposed to represent the people (who have actual power even though people may not realize the power they actually have when organized) and the interests of the people, in a sense that the elected official actually have NO power or influence. As documented in research unfortunately ignorance does not foster the desire to educate yourself. When ignorance actually fosters a reliance on major issues economically, environmentally, etc. to continue ignorance. This idea is crazy!!

I know that I have come extremely far off topic but all stated. I support your contributions to Privacy and the need for Privacy. I am just disgusted with in which Humanity has turned towards corruption in all forms....I just hope that people can understand that not everyone is out to get them and that there are way more good people than bad people, but somehow bad people seem to directly influence power and exploit those things intended to be good....

This is interesting. I largely agree with you here. I too have struggled to find a balance between privacy and security. I agree agencies must have the ability to monitor communications, hack into devices and the like. This is probably the best way to counter privacy tools like Tor, Signal, and encryption in general. However, the problem I see is how authorities constantly abuse their tools to spy on innocent people, such as activists, critics of government and politicians, etc. When innocent people are targeted it makes me not want the government to have the ability to crack anyone's encryption because what they are doing is wrong and if the law cannot stop them, and force cannot stop them, then technology must. But if the technology can be cracked of a law-abiding citizen what is the point of secure technology? It is the abuse of power and complete feeling of helplessness that I worry about. I want my communications to be private with my friends and loved ones without worry that I won't have my privacy illegally violated. I don't want anyone viewing the private pictures, communications, or video on my electronic devices.

Of course, I know there is no such thing as absolute security and if the government wants to hack you, they will. I suppose we need transparency and accountability via strict laws (and shut down changes to rule 41, which I dread very much since I use Tor constantly and I fear that will make me a target and my privacy violated for no reason and my private property harmed at the same time). On the other hand, as we have seen under so many past and current Presidents, the law is all too often ignored when it is inconvenient. So what good is law?

With the backsliding of transparency, human rights, privacy, and come on, just plain decency the last few decades, I wonder if nothing but outright revolution is the only way to get our rights back. As Jefferson said, "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it’s natural manure." Just my two cents.

@ Shari:

Are all commments opposing the "I support surveillance" viewpoint to be censored, then? That would be very strange.

Not everyone here agrees with the cited point of view.

> So what good is law ? a law against your right , especially about freedom , does not exist and cannot be voted (in a democratic system) so they (the elected persons , the lobbies) use some tricks which one is the pretext to be hidden as *wanted but not found* by the encryption protocol or by an unknown source ... in short , if they do not know you as v.i.p. you are a danger for the others. Maybe because you are one of their resources of their power/fortune/standings/privilege.
> But if the technology can be cracked of a law-abiding citizen what is the point of secure technology? Do the mathematics laws protect us and how ? I thing they success more by blackmail , corruption or secret agreement than by their intelligence.
> As Jefferson said ... it is a dream about french revolution -1789- , it will never happen in the u.s.a _ in god we trust.
> Just my two cents.
I would like add that the law is supporting by the number of voters/residents : more you are , more the law apply correctly and Tor is running on the same principle.

Like it is strange ... they want a freedom but a jail beside ...
It is :
1 _ or an open world where your own private life is yours
2 _ or a country of dead souls

[Moderator please pass this comment, or explain why you censored it]

You write:

> humanity is based on greed, money, and power.

Following the definition of Herodotus, "History" has too often been taken to mean "the narrative of major national-scale events". [enormous multi-page off-topic rant that was preventing people from finding anything else on the page snipped]

I'm the one (well, one of the ones) who has been deleting your enormous multi-page off-topic essays. Sorry / you're welcome. Please have some compassion for the other folks here who want to read blog comments rather than be confronted with walls of text that have little to do with the topic of the post. I'm aiming for having the site be useful.

I recognize that we don't necessarily write blog posts that match the topic you'd like to post about -- if you want to post your own blog posts, please feel free to go do that somewhere.

Thanks / sorry!

(We also, separately from this topic, have a backlog of about 500 comments that somebody needs to go through and approve. See… for more details there.)


November 30, 2016


There is currently a Firefox exploit which affects torbrowser.

Shouldn't you be talking about this?


November 30, 2016


Authoritarian governments are cheering the election of Donald Trump. Whose advisors are claiming that "social media is terrorism" [sic]. This kind of development, which is happening more and more often all over the world (Spain, Poland, Russia, USA, Cameroon...) shows why the world needs Tor:
Cameroonian Government Calls Social Media A 'New Form Of Terrorism'
from the dangerous-as-a-missile dept
30 Nov 2016

> As Techdirt readers know, there's a bit of a debate going on currently about the influence that social media exerts on politics and society. If you are still a little undecided as to where you stand on this vexed subject, Cavaye Djibril, Speaker of the National Assembly in Cameroon, has a few thoughts on the subject (pdf):
>> I would like at this juncture to deplore what is developing into a new form of terrorism -- the social malaise now affecting the cyberspace, that is, the insidious effects of the social media. The social media, which was initially perceived as a medium for online communication and information sharing, is now being used for misinformation, and even intoxication and manipulation of consciences thereby instilling fear in the general public. In fact, it has become as dangerous as a missile.

Thank you, NSA, for militarizing the Internet.

Thank you for enabling turn-key fascism in the USA.

The key has turned. You have only yourselves to blame for the disaster.


November 30, 2016


@ Shari or arma:

How does this affect Tor users in the UK? Tor nodes geolocated in the UK?…
UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor
How far will it go? You'll have to ask the Home Secretary
Kieren McCarthy
30 Nov 2016

> Among the many unpleasant things in the Investigatory Powers Act that was officially signed into law this week, one that has not gained as much attention is the apparent ability for the UK government to undermine encryption and demand surveillance backdoors. As the bill was passing through Parliament, several organizations noted their alarm at section 217 which obliged ISPs, telcos and other communications providers to let the government know in advance of any new products and services being deployed and allow the government to demand "technical" changes to software and systems.

The UK and USA are like North Korea and China now, and the effects are similar to the effects of moving to North Korra. They are no longer free nations.


November 30, 2016


Latest Tor Browser Exploit Shows Firefox's Urgent Need To Increase Security
by Lucian Armasu November 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Source: Tor Project