FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOR PROJECT LAUNCHES PERFORMANCE ROADMAP AND CAMPAIGN
DEDHAM, MA -The Tor Project has launched a roadmap for dramatically improving the performance of the public Tor network over the next year. A combination of existing funding and a needed $1 million over the next 12 months will ensure success. This campaign is a direct result of the recently published 3-Year Development Roadmap. The roadmap incorporates research and actions from a number of sources which define the next steps for improving performance of the public Tor network. The most requested feature by users of the public Tor network is to increase performance while keeping strong anonymity intact.
As Tor's user base has grown, the performance of the Tor network has suffered. Over the past few years, Tor's funding (and thus the development effort) has focused on usability and blocking-resistance. We've come up with a portable self-contained Windows bundle; deployed tools to handle the upcoming censorship arms race; further developed supporting applications like Vidalia, Torbutton, and Thandy; made it easier for users to be relays by adding better rate limiting and an easy graphical interface with uPnP support; developed an effective translation and localization team and infrastructure; and spread understanding of Tor in a safe word-of-mouth way that stayed mostly under the radar of censors. All of these successess have contributed to the growing user base and increased stress on the public Tor network.
Tor's tools and technologies are already used by hundreds of thousands of people to protect their activities online. These users include journalists and human rights workers in politically rigid countries communicating with whistleblowers and dissidents. Law enforcement officers on Internet sting operations stay anonymous with Tor, as do people wanting to post socially sensitive information in chat rooms, like rape or abuse survivors and those with illnesses. The Tor network also provides protection for people looking for another layer of privacy from the millions of websites and ISPs bent on collecting private information and tracking their moves online.
Tor welcomes additional sponsors to join our current sponsors; such as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the NLnet Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors. While existing funders are enough to get the items on the roadmap started, an additional $1 million over the next year will dramatically increase the performance of the public Tor network.
ABOUT THE TOR PROJECT
Based in Dedham, MA, The Tor Project develops free and open-source software that provides online anonymity to the everyday Internet user. Tor was born out of a collaboration with the U.S. Naval Research Lab starting in 2001, and it became an official U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2006. The Tor Project now works with many individuals, NGOs, law enforcement agencies, and businesses globally to help them protect their anonymity online.
In addition to its efforts developing and maintaining the Tor anonymity software and the Tor network, The Tor Project also helps to lead the research community in understanding how to build and measure scalable and secure anonymity networks. The Tor developers publish several new research papers each year in major academic security conferences, and just about every major security conference these days includes a Tor-related paper. Tor is a project-funded organization with eight full-time staff.
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Contact: Andrew Lewman