title: Sponsored projects for 2021
SPONSORED PROJECTS FOR 2020
Usability and Community Intervention on Support for Democracy and Human Rights (S9)
Iteration with our websites and automate our localization process.
Incorporate training materials created by our partners into our Community Portal.
Conduct different types of user research a) learn from human rights defenders about changes in context (political and because of the pandemic) and how they are related to technologies and human rights defenders; b) learn about human rights defenders’ challenges and needs that are outside of the scope of this project and produce recommendations for funders; and c) produce user experience research and apply necessary changes to Tor Browser.
Continue providing digital security training to our partners and their contacts as well as supporting any partner that is conducting the training themselves.
Reliable Anonymous Communication Evading Censors and Repressors (S28)
- Obfuscated Channels Objective. To handle an adversary that observes and may control the entire network underlying RACE communications, we develop obfuscated channels in which communication is hidden within traffic generated by common applications. Working with external collaborators at Georgetown University and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, this task develops a suite of obfuscated channels to support RACE goals for varying adversarial networks (i.e., deployment scenarios).
- Channel Integration and Analysis Objective. To develop tools for evaluating the performance and security of obfuscated channels at scale, both by themselves and when integrated with TA1 protocols. To apply those tools to RACECAR channels.
Empowering Communities in the Global South to Bypass Censorship (S30)
- Support censorship circumvention through the improvement of network measurement methodologies aimed at detecting the blocking of circumvention tools
- Ensure users in target countries have access to the best Tor bridge options for circumventing censorship
- Improve Tor Browser and bridges.torproject.org experience for human rights defenders under censorship
Making the Tor network faster & more reliable for users in Internet-repressive places (S61)
- Streamlining the tuning of the network;
- Deploying smarter methods for balancing traffic;
- Evaluating and implementing promising performance and scalability research;
- Proactively detecting, diagnosing, and resolving user-facing performance issues.
Expanding Research Frontiers with a Next-Generation Anonymous Communication Experimentation (ACE) Framework (S38)
- The goal of this project is to develop a scalable and mature deterministic network simulator, capable of quickly and accurately simulating large networks such as Tor