A New Era at the Tor Project
Andrew Lewman, our current Executive Director, is leaving The Tor Project to take a position at an Internet services company. While at Tor, Andrew was passionate about using our tools to help people from diverse backgrounds and points of view benefit from online privacy. We thank Andrew for his contributions and wish him well.
The Board has asked Tor’s Executive Committee to plan the transition. As a member of this committee, I can say that I expect that Tor Project co-founder Roger Dingledine will serve as interim Executive Director while we conduct the search for a permanent replacement.
Although we are sad to see Andrew leave, Tor is entering an exciting period of growth. We are exploring the establishment of Tor Labs and launching new programs like our Tor Summer of Privacy.
Our developers are building the next generation of Internet anonymity tools — and we continue to lead the international discussion on Internet freedom and liberty through our public talks and research.
Thanks to the entire Tor community for your help as we move forward!
Member of the Board of Directors of the Tor Project
Roger says he wants to re-focus on Tor's values but these days I'm confused about what those values are. Just on this page there is Orwellian mumbo jumbo about hidden services which aren't really hidden which is like talking about metadata which isn't metadata. Speed isn't the primary goal of Tor--security is--and if the need for speed undermines security then it should have been laughed off the developer list serve instead of getting promoted. In my own view I have witnessed a growing disconnect between the demand for sexy programming and what I always took as Tor's core value--security.
So I welcome Roger's comment that he wants someone to reflect Tor's core value. I just which I could say with confidence what those are and I just can't.
It seems pretty clear to me what the proposal for "direct onion services" is for: network services that want the security properties of hidden services except for the one of hiding the server's location, such as enforced client anonymity, secure name resolution, and free end-to-end encryption. An obvious application is known websites that want to support Tor use, such as Facebook and Wikipedia, or to require it, such as WikiLeaks and SecureDrop. Instead of spreading FUD, try and understand what's going on and think about how you can positively contribute.
Also, Tor is and always has been about the balance between performance and (theoretical) security, because it recognizes that an anonymity service that is too slow or inconvenient won't be used by very many, and thus can't really provide much anonymity. If theoretical security were a goal, we would all be using DC-Nets.