Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In
One of the Tor Project’s ongoing goals has been to diversify our funding sources. We are pleased to announce that in 2018, we raised over $460,000 from individuals like you who use Tor for your personal privacy and who understand the importance of making Tor available to everyone. Together, we raised more donations from individuals than ever before.
Almost half of our total income from individuals in 2018 was raised during our year-end campaign. There truly is strength in numbers. Every donation--whether it is $2 or $1,000--supports us on the ground speaking with activists, journalists, and internet users in countries all over the world, teaching them about Tor and online security, and supports Tor’s development, helping us keep Tor the world’s strongest tool for privacy and freedom online. Thanks to Mozilla’s generous match, each gift made between October 23 and December 31 was matched.
In addition to Mozilla’s match, a generous anonymous donor offered to match all new donor contributions up to $20,000. This challenge was met in less than 20 days and, throughout the entire campaign, we received gifts from 2,029 new donors who gave more than $97,000.
Tor users are from all over the world, and so are our donors. In 2018, people from 115 countries came together to take a stand against tracking, surveillance, and censorship on the web by supporting the Tor Project.
During the campaign alone, we gained 100 new monthly donors! Sustaining gifts provide the Tor Project with steady, reliable income that is essential to our ability to respond quickly to unexpected challenges and threats.
Beyond raising the income we need to carry out our work, this year-end campaign was an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which people have come together to fight for privacy. We featured stories about how Tor Project staff members work directly with librarians, Tor users in at-risk communities, human rights defenders in communities experiencing internet censorship, and developers of applications that rely on Tor’s technology. We wrote about how we are constantly working to diversify the Tor network to increase sustainability and ensure users are more secure. We wrote about our efforts to localize our tools and resources, moving closer to our overarching goal of making Tor accessible to everyone.
We are so grateful to everyone who financially supported the Tor Project in 2018. As Isabela Bagueros said in her first blog post as Executive Director, donations from individuals allow us to “easily allocate resources to whatever important events that requires our response, and reorder our priorities whenever needed. This is extremely important for any software development organization, especially one that provides essential safety to people in volatile locations like Tor.” And your support counts all throughout the year, not just during our campaign.
Some big tech companies rely on invasive practices to gather, and subsequently sell, your data--and that's how they generate their revenue. By donating to the Tor Project, you are supporting an alternative model, where personal privacy is of utmost importance.
You make a difference. You make a better internet possible. Thank you.
The Tor Project Fundraising Team
As a right wing person, Tor user and advocate myself (libertarian rather than republican) I think I agree that more people on the right use Tor. Though not looking for 'Tor users' at the time, I have met people who are indeed regular users of Tor and get clear benefits from its use. For them it's about practical solutions to real problems. I think it remains true that anonymity loves company whatever your political alignment - though some things I find a little puzzling to see.
> it's about practical solutions to real problems. I think it remains true that anonymity loves company whatever your political alignment
Exactly. I always encourage everyone to use Tor, and I do not inquire about their political beliefs before I urge them to try to protect themselves better from electronic snooping.
Because anonymity loves company, whenever we persuade anyone else--- regardless of gender, nationality, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or political beliefs--- to use Tor for everything, we are helping everyone, including ourselves.
In a world in which so much separates so many so far, one thing at least unites us all--- we all need Tor for everything we do.
I couldn't have said it better. I happened upon this site while browsing wiki post and will be downloading the browser right now. Ty.
Wow, you just made my day!
One bit of advice: TP says (and I agree) that new users of Tor Browser should read
so that you know what Tor Browser can and cannot protect you against.
I hope you find Tor Browser as fab as I do! If so, you might want to try Tails also for even more anonymity/security:
Tails Project is based in Europe but is closely allied with Tor Project, which is based in the US. Both projects are to some extent global. Tails is an "amnesiac" OS you use to boot your computer (PC, laptop, tablet, notebook with 64 bit CPU) from a USB, which comes with Tor Browser installed and immediately usable with extra security/anonymity enhancements, plus email, chat, LibreOffice (open source Microsoft Office clone), video editing software, printing, and much more. The general idea is to use your device (PC, laptop, tablet, notebook) without leaving traces of your activity on the hard drive, while still being able to surf the web, view videos, download things (more safely), and to work offline preparing documents or editing videos.
In particular, if you often download and read PDF documents, these often contain embedded links which can deanonymize you. That is why Tor Project recommends reading PDFs you downloaded via Tor Browser offline (after you disconnect from the internet). Tails offers additional protections which will probably protect you against this.
If you use email a lot and want to protect yourself against being deanonymized and tracked by 1x1 gifs or link shimming, reading email using Tails is possibly safer. See also
(Don't) Return to Sender: How to Protect Yourself From Email Tracking
Sydney Li and Bennett Cyphers
9 Jan 2019
All new users of Tails should read
so that you know what Tails can and cannot protect you against.