We’re Powering Digital Resistance with Help from Mozilla

 

Today we’re launching our end-of-year crowdfunding campaign, “Powering Digital Resistance,” highlighting Tor’s work protecting essential human rights around the world.

As part of this end-of-year campaign, Mozilla is matching donations up to a total of $500,000 -- so your donation to the Tor Project will go twice as far!

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Privacy and freedom online under attack

The number of attacks on censorship and privacy over the internet was unprecedented in 2017. Countries around the world tried to limit access to the web, stifle dissent, and erode personal privacy. In Egypt, where they literally tried to turn off the internet in 2011, the new regime blocked access to over 400 websites, including several dozen news websites. Following unrest in Venezuela, the government blocked access to several online news services. In Turkey, the government censored the internet after a disputed referendum. In the United States, Congress rolled back laws designed to strengthen consumer privacy, allowing ISPs to track users and sell their data.

Tor powered digital resistance against these attacks, enabling activists to mobilize, journalists to report, and ordinary people to access blocked websites and avoid tracking. The internet is an essential tool for free expression and access to information, and we believe these essential rights should be available to all.

We’ve been busy this year making Tor stronger and easier to use. Some of the highlights: We made critical improvements to the Tor software, making it an even stronger tool for censorship circumvention. We designed the next generation of onion services, so Tor now provides a high degree of privacy for both sharing information online and web browsing, and we redesigned and expanded our metrics portal, giving people hard data about Tor use around the world.

More challenges ahead

It looks like the challenges will continue in 2018. Many governments and corporations want to make censorship the norm and make privacy a thing of the past. There is still much work to be done to protect our most vulnerable users and keep Tor powering digital resistance.

We’re very lucky to have Mozilla as a partner. Mozilla and Tor Project engineers regularly collaborate on Tor Browser and on importing (and substantially enhancing) Tor Browser privacy patches into Firefox. All of Tor Browser’s first-party isolation patches and most of our anti-fingerprinting patches are now in Firefox, and the last few are on the way. Mozilla engineers have helped Tor developers learn the Rust programming language. Mozilla supports our research and awarded us one of its first MOSS grants to enhance the security and integrity of the Tor Project’s metrics. Mozilla also helps the Tor network by running Tor relays.

Join the digital resistance

Because of Mozilla’s generous support, there’s never been a better time to make a gift to the Tor Project.

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Thanks for your help, and thank you, Mozilla! 

Anonymous

November 09, 2017

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The partnerships with Debian Project, Tails Project, and Mozilla are all very promising!

But that said, IMO all four organizations need to work together not only to ameliorate technical threats, but also to address political threats (for example though media outreach).

IMO it is particularly urgent that Tor Project act to counter the narrative being pushed by Rod Rosenstein:

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/359575-rosenstein-uses-texas-sh…
Rosenstein uses Texas shooter to lobby for encryption back doors
Joe Uchill
9 Nov 2017

> Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein used the encrypted phone of the Texas shooting suspect to argue against tech companies encrypting data in a way that law enforcement could not later access.
> ... The FBI has announced that Texas church shooter Devin Kelley's iPhone was encrypted, leaving them unable to access data on the phone for their investigation.
> Almost as soon as the FBI made the announcement, the cybersecurity community began to speculate that this would be the next front in the so-called "crypto wars," an argument between tech companies, security advocates and the government over encryption so complex the government would
need to spend decades of computer time in order to crack.

More evidence of how grotesque these political battles have become:

thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/359589-fbi-gets-advice-from-apple-on-unlocking-texas-gunmans-phone-report
FBI gets advice from Apple on unlocking Texas gunman's phone: report
Max Greenwood
9 Nov 2017

> Apple reached out to the FBI to offer advice on how to gain entry into the iPhone of the gunman who opened fire on a Texas church this week, after the tech giant learned that investigators were trying to access its data. Reuters reported on Thursday that the FBI did not initially ask Apple for help unlocking the phone, and that the company did not receive requests on the matter from law enforcement within 48 hours of the attack. According to The Associated Press, the FBI may have missed its opportunity to unlock the phone using methods such as the owner's fingerprint. If the phone had Apple's Touch ID feature, which uses fingerprints to unlock the phone, investigators could have tried to hold the dead gunman's finger on the phone, according to an AP source. That would have had to have been attempted within 48 hours of the last time the phone was unlocked.

The faux-702 reform bills and the SESTA bill--- also currently before the US Federal Congress and likely to pass in some form--- pose additional hazards to ordinary citizens around the world who need cryptography and Tor:

https://www.techdirt.com
Ron Wyden Puts A Hold On SESTA And Warns About Its Dangers
Mike Masnick
8 Nov 2017

> Following the Senate Commerce Committee voting SESTA out of Committee this morning, Senator Ron Wyden quickly announced that he is placing a public hold on the bill while at the same time issuing a warning about just how damaging the bill could be...

I hope Tor Project will reach out to Wyden's staff to ask what if anything he can share concerning the implications of the secret provisions for Tor, and for endangered journalists, political/union activists, environmentalists, and human rights supporters around the world.

Anonymous

November 11, 2017

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tor-browser 7.0.9 on tor-project.org: loads the page normally
tor-browser 7.0.8 on tor-project.org: strange redirect with ultra long URL
Who this "fake" website belongs to?

Anonymous

November 19, 2017

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I allways CHECK TOR before i go shearching the internet but for the last 4 hours i've tried to check at https://check.torproject.org/?lang=en_US but it won't connect. i even tried off tor and it said cannot find page or it dousn't exist are they offline for some reason or have the page been hacked

Anonymous

November 22, 2017

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I want to run multiple tor instances each with different ip. I searched for it but nothing helped. Can somebody help me?