[LINK] OzIT: 'Call to join Tor network to fight censorship'

Adrian Chadd adrian at creative.net.au
Tue May 25 14:13:29 AEST 2010

.. if only the broadband quotas in Australia weren't so restrictive,
running Tor nodes wouldn't be such a scary (financial, technical



On Tue, May 25, 2010, Roger Clarke wrote:
> Call to join Tor network to fight censorship
> Karen Dearne
> The Australian
> May 25, 2010 12:00AM
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/call-to-join-tor-network-to-fight-censorship/story-e6frgakx-1225870756466
> LOCAL internet users are being urged to embrace the online anonymity 
> tool, Tor, to help build the network in defence of free speech and 
> provide a "safety in the crowd" communications channel for people 
> living under repressive regimes.
> The Tor Project's founder, Roger Dingledine, says Australians are 
> under-represented among the volunteers who provide the multiple relay 
> hops that ensure privacy and security.
> But with Australia among the nations trying to censor citizens, there 
> was growing local interest in participation. "The Tor network is made 
> up of volunteers, like you and me, who start out running Tor as a 
> user, and then they say, 'I could be improving freedom of speech here 
> and elsewhere by pressing this button that turns me into a relay'," 
> Mr Dingledine told AusCERT 2010.
> "That helps the relay traffic for other people around the world, and 
> makes the Tor network bigger. And because there are more locations, a 
> bunch of relays in many different places, it makes it safer also," he 
> said. A non-profit organisation credited with keeping internet 
> communications open for users in China and Iran during recent 
> crackdowns, the Tor Project started out as an R&D initiative for the 
> US Navy in 2001.
> Tor's free open-source software and open network is used by hundreds 
> of thousands of people -- soldiers, police, journalists, bloggers, 
> human-rights workers, citizens living under censorship and just 
> ordinary people who object to online tracking by large corporations.
> "A lot of the security comes from the diversity of users," Mr 
> Dingledine said. "Some people don't want businesses to collect 
> information about them, or they want to protect themselves against 
> identity theft.
> "Businesses use Tor to keep commercial secrets safe, the military 
> uses it for intelligence gathering and communicating with field 
> agents, journalists and bloggers use it to report from danger zones, 
> while activists and whistleblowers use it to avoid persecution."
> The belief that censorship or repression "won't happen to me" was 
> part of the challenge for securing democracy worldwide.
> Karen Dearne attended AusCERT 2010 as a guest of AusCERT.
> -- 
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