On the Recent Growth of the Tor Network
In the past few days the Tor network is seeing a lot of new users coming from Iran. At the same time we have heard from many people who want to support the Tor network by setting up more relays and bridges. Now we wanted to know, are these just promises, or did the network really grow? Here are the results:
The number of relays has grown by 359 or 24% to now 1827 relays within only one week to the highest number of relays the network has ever seen. Likewise, the number of bridges has increased by an incredible 69 % from 255 to 432 within one week. Awesome!
So, does this mean everything is taken care of and no more relays or bridges are needed? Not at all! As you may know, Tor has some performance issues that are, among other things, the result of too few bandwidth capacity for too many clients. If you can, go setup more relays and/or bridges and keep them running even when the conflicts in the world do not hit the headlines. Be sure that your support is much appreciated!
Good idea! Added.
I have set up a tor bridge with the aim of helping people in iran. I have posted my bridge addr to anonygreen.wordpress.com. But now I am seeing clients from funny places (Europe, Africa) coming in, but not yet from Iran. Q: Is it possible to configure a tor bridge so that only request from a specific set of IP-ranges (country=Iran, in this case) are being processed? Please understand that this is what I would like to run only at this time. I am tempted to use iptables to achieve this goal.
Problem with bridges is that it has to be obtained from https:\\bridges.torproject
This link has long been filtered in Iran. Another problem with asking for new bridges it that the nice people on Tor project only accept gmail addresses which is also filtered. In fact as I am typing this here, I can not access port 443 which makes the Tor not working at the moment.
a) I can not get Tor started because my ISP in Iran hase blocked all secured ports as from 12 hours ago.
b) I can not bypass ISP blockage using bridge IP because I can bot access gmail to get a working bridge!
Its like chicken & egg.