You’re Invited: State of the Onion 2022

by isabela | November 4, 2022

It is time for another State of the Onion! This is our annual virtual event where we share updates from Tor Project’s different teams, highlighting their work during the year and what we are excited for the upcoming year. We also have a part of the stream that is dedicated to our community for them to present their amazing work. You can check out our previous State of the Onion streams (2020 and 2021) at our YouTube channel.

This year we will be doing things a bit differently than we have in the past. Instead of having all the presentations happening on the same day, we are organizing two streams on two different days, one for Tor Project’s teams and another for our community. So please make sure to save the date for both events!

The State of the Onion will be streamed over our YouTube account.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag: #StateOfTheOnion2022 or post your questions and comments in the YouTube chat.

Nov 9 Program - State of the Onion: The Tor Project’s teams.

Topic Speaker Details
Opening Isabela, Executive Director Host presenting opening remarks.
Community Team Gus, Community Team Lead User support, translations, digital security trainings, relay operators organizing, are just some of the things that our Community Team will be sharing.
Censorship Circumvention Meskio, Anti-Censorship Team Lead Advances on Anti-Censorship at Tor. How are we reacting to the attempts to block Tor and what are we doing to be prepared for the next ones that will come.
Onions Everywhere Raya, Education and communities coordinator As part of the Community Team, we started an initiative to provide tools and support for organizations adopting onion services. We will talk about this work and the tools we have created as well as our plans to continue it in 2023.
UX & Design Team Duncan, UX & Design Team Lead A recap of recent work from the team in 2022, including our ethical user research program, product updates and design highlights – plus some shiny things we have up our sleeve for next year.
Applications & Tor Browser Richard, Applications Team Lead The Tor Browser 12.0 Release and Looking to 12.5
VPN Project Micah, Director of Engineering Meet our new Director of Engineering! We will share update on the progress on our VPN project.
Break Isabela Why is supporting Tor important?
Network Health Georg, Network Health Lead Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Tor network, little “t” tor Alex, Network Team Lead Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Arti Nick M., Network Team and Tor Project co-founder Updates on Arti, a new Tor client implementation in Rust.
Metrics Hiro, Metrics Lead Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Shadow Jim Newsome, Shadow Simulation Developer Intro to Shadow and the tech advancements we've made, the "push button simulation" setup, and how we're using it to evaluate changes to tor.
TPA Anarcat, Tor Project Admins Team Lead A walk through sysadmin magic land: who we are, what we do, what we did last year, and what's coming.
Year End Fundraising Al, Fundraising Director The Tor Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit--let's talk about how you can power privacy online with your support!
Closing Isabela Closing remarks.

Nov 16 Program - State of the Onion for the Tor community.

Topic Speaker Details
Opening Gaba, Tor Project’s Project Manager Host presenting opening remarks.
OONI - Open Observatory of Network Interference Maria Xynou OONI will share highlights from 2022, as well as upcoming plans for 2023.
Guardian Project Nathan Freitas and Fabiola Maurice We will share updates on all the different apps and mobile work we do: Orbot, Onion Browser, OnionShare mobile and mobile developer support, integration, SDKs. And share about our work with the Latin America community.
Calyx Institute Nick Merrill Calyx Institute will present about the progress on Onionshare for Android and work on integrating Tor into CalyxOS.
Superbloom Susan & Ngoc Simply Secure is rebranding as Superbloom. Superbloom leverages design as a transformative practice to shift power in the tech ecosystem, because everyone deserves technology they can trust.
Ricochet Refresh and Gosling Richard, Engineer Presentation on updates to Ricochet-Refresh and Gosling from this year.
Quiet Holmes Wilson Quiet is a peer-to-peer Slack alternative for desktop and mobile built on Tor and IPFS, which lets communities control their own data without running their own servers. We'll describe how Quiet works and demo group chat, file transfer, GIFs, and our fully-p2p Android app.
Privacy Accelerator and DemHack Olga Nemirovskaya Privacy Accelerator is an online accelerator for commercial and non-commercial projects in the field of privacy, access to information and legal tech. DemHack is a hackathon event done in collaboration with Tor and other members of the community.
Roskomsvoboda Sarkis Darbinyan Talk about how the trial over blocking Tor in Russia was conducted, as well as the current situation concerning Tor in Russia.
Tails Intrigeri and Boyska Tails is a portable operating system that protects against surveillance in censorship.
Closing Gaba, Tor Project’s Project Manager Host presenting closing remarks.


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