Products maintained by The Tor Project
This page contains some projects in addition to the more developed/formal ones which may be found in the volunteer section of the main TPO website.
The Tor Project develops a number of software programs including the core Tor software and supporting applications. The Tor Project as an organization also maintains its server infrastructure, advocates anonymity online, and raises funds to pay its staff. This page summarizes the current products and projects we are working on.
In the following, we are using these terms:
- Category: A group of related products, like "Core software," or "Network analysis."
- Product: A product is an ongoing artifact like a software program or a website that usually has no end or due date. We subsume ongoing activities like fundraising under products, too. Nearly every program is a product, but some products are not programs.
- Project: A project is an endeavor to improving one or more products. Projects have a success criterion and in most cases an end date. Some projects are external deliverables that we have promised to one or more sponsors; other projects are internal. Some projects are activities we're currently working on; others may be in a blue-sky or planning stage. The scope of a project is usually on the order of days to months.
- Milestone: A milestone is a defined sub-goal of a project that usually comes with its own due date.
- Task: A task is an individual work item as part of a milestone or project. Tasks usually respond to a Trac ticket. The scope of a task is usually on the order of hours to days.
For example, "Core Software" is a category; "Tor" is a product, "Make Tor support all DNS types" is a project, and "Write a design proposal for transmitting arbitrary DNS queries over Tor" is a task.
See ./process/HowWeDoProjectManagement for info on how we think our project-management system is working and how it should work.
List of products and projects
We are working on these projects (third level), grouped by, products (second level) and, categories (first level):
- Core Software
- Software distribution
- Thandy - Tor's secure updater
- Debian packages/RPMs
- Tor Browser Bundle
- LiveCD/USB - Tails
- Develop more reliable download mechanism for Tor Browser Bundle by splitting downloads, implementing a lightweight download manager, or reducing the software bundle file size.
- Package archive
- Network analysis
- Bandwidth scanner
- Bulk exit List
- Gitlab Bug tracker and wiki
- Translation portal
- Provide translation portal for non-technical users
- Automated translation seeding
- Website & mirrors
- Git & Gitweb
- Misc Infrastructure
- DontBlockMe - A gathering of affected user communities, the internet at large, TPO speakers, and the central Tor themes and use cases around the ListOfServicesBlockingTor in order to encourage these sites to stop blocking people merely for using Tor. This project also develops, documents, and promotes Best Practices for services to use instead of indiscriminately blocking Tor as a whole. Another subproject works to remove Relays from RBL and other blocklists. This project is the opposite of the WeSupportTor project.
- WeSupportTor - This is a list of services that explicitly support Tor. It is the opposite of the DontBlockMe project.
- The Great Cloudwall? - Summarize the general problem with Cloudflare's MITM attack on the Internet.
- Promote active growth of the Tor network to increase its performance, stability and usability (sponsor A, deliverable 10)
- Launch the "10 things to think about circumvention systems" whitepaper (#1763) (sponsor D, deliverable 17 for Sep 30)
- Project management
- Institute some organizational best-practices
- Misc Corporate