Create Guides for Diverse Usecases of the Tor Browser Inspired by Personas
The 2019 Tor Personas outline diverse threat models and how the Tor Browser can be used in each of those models. It would be great if we could turn these persons into user-facing docs.
For starters, I transcribed the personas into the following usecases with an additional one.
- Tor Browser and/or Mobile Tor Browser as a Super Private Browsing Mode (new!): I am a regular internet user (without any censorship) who wants to protect their privacy while visiting some websites. For example, I might use the Tor Browser to search about medical conditions or to access websites that are only accessible via their onion services (like the Tor Browser Nightly download page.)
- Tor Browser as a Main Browser: Alex, the fearless journalist and Fernanda, the feminist activist want this.
- Tor Browser With a Bridge as a Main Browser: Fatima, the censored user and Jelani, the human rights defender want this.
- Mobile Tor Browser as a Main Browser: Aleisha, the privacy looker wants this.
We might also want to add Tails to this.
Random Academic Motivation
In Section 4.5 Why Doesn’t Jane Protect Her Privacy?, Renaud, Volkamer, and Renkema-Padmos notice that a lot of users understand that their privacy is at stake but don't see a clear way to use E2E encryption (this is pre-usability, this is the user deciding to use the application and picking where to use it, as opposed to using it). While the paper is dated and E2E has become more mainstream since 2014, I think Tor is the new E2E, where clear guidance on how to use it could be helpful with adoption.