O1.2: Increase the number of Snowflake bridges.
With limited ramp up so far, we already have 6,000 volunteers running Snowflakes. Increasing Snowflake operators through more aggressive promotion will allow us to rapidly increase unblocked bridge entry points to the Tor network by thousands.
- O1.2.1: Run a public campaign to encourage Internet users to install the Snowflake extension in Firefox or Chrome and use their web browser to act as bridges for censored people. This campaign will target individuals who care about free access to information but who may have limited capacity to operate a traditional bridge.
- O1.2.2: Scale Tor reachability through mobile Snowflakes. It’s also possible to build the Snowflake into mobile applications. We can rapidly increase the availability and diversity of bridge IP addresses that are not blocked in China by asking the millions of active Orbot users to “help censored users connect to Tor.” Through the Internews DISRUPT program, Guardian Project is designing and implementing “Orbot as Bridge” capability with the use of Snowflake, and as a result of this Activity, any Orbot user will be able to become a Snowflake bridge to Tor when they are not actively using their device. Guardian Project is also implementing as much of this capability as possible in Onion Browser for iOS.1 To do so, Guardian Project will: continue to improve Tor+Snowflake stability & performance on mobile devices and tune mobile-as-Snowflake bridge usability and performance, especially considering connections from the target regions.