How Has Tor Helped You? We Need Your Stories
It’s an understatement to say a lot has happened related to privacy and freedom online over the past seven years! Surveillance and crackdowns on free speech have increased around the world, and vast amounts of personal data have been collected and sold. Tools like Tor are needed more than ever to allow people to browse the web freely and privately.
It’s been seven years since we last asked, so we want to know: What do you use Tor for? Why do you need it? What has Tor done for you? What could have happened if you weren’t able to use Tor? We need your stories!
We know these examples exist, and we reference them in our talks around the world, but these stories are more powerful when they come as a quotable personal narrative from you.
Here are some examples of stories we’re interested to hear you tell:
Censorship circumvention. Has Tor helped you access social media or critical resources when they were blocked by your government or ISP? What kind of consequences could you have faced without Tor?
Political organizing. Has Tor helped you organize a protest or share political resources when doing so without Tor could’ve been dangerous?
Coping with domestic abuse or stalking. Has Tor helped protect you from an abusive relationship or helped prevent someone monitoring your activity?
Curtailing surveillance. Are you an activist who has used Tor to protect yourself from surveillance online?
Medical research. Has Tor helped you research a medical condition without fear of corporate profiling on you or your loved ones?
Journalism. Has Tor helped you communicate anonymously with sources or conduct controversial research?
Whistleblowing or anti-corruption reporting. Did Tor help you submit details of corruption without putting yourself at risk?
If any of these apply to you, or if you have another story to share, please let us know!
Your stories will help us:
- Demystify Tor to the general public
- Reach more people who could benefit from Tor’s protections
- Help our funders justify their support of Tor to their boards of directors
- Raise funds from new sponsors and individual donors to diversify our funding and ensure Tor remains independent, robust, and secure
We would like to share these stories on social media, on our website, in materials about our work, and in conversations with potential users and supporters. You don’t have to tell us your name, but if you do (or you contact us in a way that reveals it), we won’t use it without your explicit permission.
Please use caution when telling us the details of your story. If too many details could reveal who you are and put you at risk, please leave that information out. Do not respond to this request if it could put you in danger.
That said: Why do you use Tor? Since we designed Tor with privacy in mind, we can't know unless you tell us.
How To Share Your Story
There are several ways you can tell us how Tor has helped you.
- For the most protection, you can submit your response at our .onion address using Tor Browser: http://bogdyardcfurxcle.onion/index.php/665366
- When using the survey, you will not be able to use enter to create line breaks. A long paragraph of text will work just fine!
- You can also access the survey from any browser at: https://survey.torproject.org/index.php/665366
- Leave a post in the comments below.
- Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be as specific as you can without putting yourself at risk.
I live in Iran too and use Tor for Twitter and Facebook. I have a problem. I disable Java to get best security on Twitter and Facebook especially and the rest website I visited. While I disable Java, I can't attache and insert image in my tweets, and just "Tweet" button is visible below the tweet box. I know if I enable Java feature, the view changes to standard and normal view, so I have more features and I'm able to attache image in my tweets, but I'm worry and scared it can be dangerous and put my privacy and anonymity in danger and the hackers and IT experts who work for Iran's regime track and recognize me. If you have enough knowledge and experience about Tor and If safe to enable java and use Tweeter in normal view, give me some advice and help please.
The company I work for is relentlessly investigating every employee (without telling us of course), and they are literally announcing censorship policies (subjects we are not allowed to talk about online in our private lives) on a monthly basis. Everyone that has spoken up and objected to this policy has been either 'moved sideways' or 'joined the expense reduction program' as one manager calls it. Tor has enabled many of us to continue enjoying social media circles, speaking freely without fear of work reprisal, and otherwise living a life without fear of censorship. I use Tor almost exclusively now - it is the most important development on the internet in my view, and I salute all those that work on and develop this amazing tool.