Greetings from Tor's New Executive Director
I am honored to be joining the Tor Project today as the new Executive Director. I've been a big fan of Tor for a long time—ever since I met founders Roger Dingledine and Nick Mathewson in 2004 and learned about the important work they were doing to provide anonymity for online communications. Today Tor is an essential part of the Internet freedom infrastructure. Activists around the world depend on Tor, as do whistleblowers, victims of domestic violence, and regular citizens who care about their privacy.
This incredible team of people has built an amazing organization. I hope to help grow the Tor Project by building a more sustainable infrastructure and a more robust funding base, as well as by achieving greater adoption of Tor products by mainstream Internet users. There's a lot to be done, but I think we'll have fun while working to make the Internet safer and more secure.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks and months, and I welcome your ideas and suggestions.
Yours in freedom,
Matching fund drives can be a very useful way to raise much needed money, but sometimes the source can be problematic:
The following post raises the concern about USG/contractor involvement to a new level of angst in the minds of the many Tor users who have long been concerned about the potential impact of Cymru Research and Dragon on the privacy of ordinary Tor users:
I urge you to urge Rob Thomas to take the opportunity to try to explain what Cymru/Dragon do, who they share information with, and how he reconciles all this with assisting Tor.
I know that Roger spent one summer long ago as an NSA intern (he's been up front about that), and perhaps because I know other such persons, I have accepted his account. But Thomas has to date never addressed in public long-standing concerns about Cymru's associates, which to my mind is a more urgent concern.