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<h1><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1202/title/und/full" property="schema:name">Breaking Through Censorship Barriers Even When Tor Is Blocked</span></h1>
<p><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1202/title/und/full" property="schema:name"><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/rompiendo-barreras-de-censura-incluso-cuando-tor-esta-bloqueado"><img alt="stop-sign-pare" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/ronaldo-oliveira-423252-unsplash_0.jpeg?itok=HKkGM1pq" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" /></a></span></p>
<p>Last week, <a href="https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/59qvwz/venezuela-maduro-tor-network-censorship">Venezuela blocked access to the Tor network</a>. Prior to the block, there were over 30,000 people in Venezuela enjoying the privacy and security protections Tor provides.</p>
<p>Connecting to Tor is a luxury, but we have developed ways for people where Tor is blocked to continue to connect to the network. Using bridges and pluggable transports, people can break through censorship and continue to access the open web. For more information about using bridges, see:</p>
<p>[<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/rompiendo-barreras-de-censura-incluso-cuando-tor-esta-bloqueado">Spanish</a>]</p>
<p>[<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/breaking-through-censorship-barriers-even-when-tor-blocked">English</a>]</p>
<p>If you have basic command line experience, you can help out people in countries with heavy censorship by <a href="https://www.torproject.org/docs/pluggable-transports#operator">becoming a bridge operator.</a></p>
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<h1>Don&#39;t Let Facebook or Other Trackers Follow You on The Web</h1>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/dont-let-facebook-or-any-tracker-follow-you-web"><img alt="fb-image" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/thought-catalog-609285-unsplash.jpeg?itok=IHGStRWh" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" /></a></p>
<p><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">In the early age of the internet, people enjoyed a high level of privacy. Webpages were just hypertext documents; almost no personalization of the user experience was offered (or </span><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z comment c-jMLQ2ANwlbH3SipS">forced</span><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">). The web today has evolved into a system of </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/07/facebookgot-into-mess-cant-get-out-of-it-mark-zuckerberg-surveillance-capitalism"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">surveillance capitalism</span></a><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">, where advertising networks follow users while they browse the web, continuously collecting traces of personal data and surfing patterns to create profiles of users in order to target them.</span></p>
<p class="primary-author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">Using the web today, you are a target. And because of the rampant tracking across websites, each time you use the internet, you become an easier target. </span></p>
<p class="primary-author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">By tracking you across different applications and sites through cookies or open web sessions, your personal preferences and social connections are collected and often sold. Even if you do not accept cookies or are not logged into a service account, such as your Google, Twitter, or Facebook accounts, the web page and third-party services can still try to profile you by using third-party HTTP requests or other techniques. </span></p>
<p class="primary-author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">Within the HTTP request, various selectors can be included to communicate user preferences or particular features, in the form of URL variables. Personali</span><span class="author-a-ajz71zz75zvi60r7f3z79z6me">z</span><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">ed language or fonts settings, browser extensions, in-page keywords, battery charge and status, and more can be used to identify you by restricting the pool of possible candidates among all the visitors in a certain time frame, location, profile of interests. You can then be distinguished, or fingerprinted, across multiple devices or sessions and then the profile the tracker </span><span class="author-a-az69zz122zz70zcz89zcfdz66zz84zxvz66z7z66z">h</span><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">as on you is expanded.</span></p>
<p class="primary-author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">By the sites and applications themselves, the story is spun to sound as if they&rsquo;re doing you a favor: they say this collection allows them to customize your experience. You see ads more relevant to you, Facebook and others say. </span></p>
<p class="primary-author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">Even if you think of an advertising network as a recommendation system, this same system is also influencing what you see. It&rsquo;s changing your experience of the internet. </span></p>
<p class="primary-author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z"><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">But at what cost is this customization? When confronted with transparency around what this &ldquo;customization&rdquo; takes, it </span><span class="author-a-z73zz72zz86zqpz74ziz83z0hz74zsjz122ziz75z">&ldquo;<a href="https://theintercept.com/2018/05/09/facebook-ads-tracking-algorithm">poisons</a>&rdquo; the ad. So of course these companies are pushing back against transparency, but we need to keep pushing them and doing what we can to prevent them from continuing to exploit us online. </span></p>
<p>Learn about <a href="https://blog.torproject.org/dont-let-facebook-or-any-tracker-follow-you-web">how Tor Browser can help</a>.</p>
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<h1><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1556/title/en/full" property="schema:name">Privacy International Protects Partners With Its Onion Address</span></h1>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/privacy-international-protects-partners-its-onion-address"><img alt="pi-tor" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/privacy-international-onion.jpg?itok=DclGfP1t" style="width: 560px; height: 280px;" /></a></p>
<p><em>This guest post is written by <a href="https://privacyinternational.org/people/909/ed-geraghty">Ed Geraghty, Technologist, Privacy International</a>.</em></p>
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<p>No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with [their] privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon [their] honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.</p>
<p>- United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948, Article 12</p>
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<p>The right to privacy is a qualified, fundamental human right. We at Privacy International (PI) work hard with our network of partners to ensure this fundamental right is protected - it is essential to autonomy, the protection of human dignity, and is the foundation upon which many other human rights are built.</p>
<p>This is becoming ever-more important in an age of ubiquitous, indiscriminate mass surveillance, especially as more and more aspects of our daily lives - interactions with friends, family, companies, and the state - are dependent upon technology. In order for individuals to fully participate in the modern world, developments in law and technologies must strengthen and not undermine the ability to freely enjoy this right.We challenge governments&#39; powers by advocating and litigating for stronger protections. We lead research and investigations to shine a light on powers and capabilities, and to instigate and inform debate. We advocate for good practices and strong laws worldwide to protect people and their rights. We equip civil society organisations across the world to increase public awareness about privacy. We raise awareness about technologies and laws that place privacy at risk, to ensure that the public is informed and engaged.</p>
<p>Tor is an important tool in our arsenal - a technology which allows people to communicate, use the internet, and browse the web in a manner which evades censorship.</p>
<p>Many of our partners work in challenging environments, with massive state surveillance and/or ongoing censorship programmes. Giving them an ability to securely browse the web (both clear and onion) in a way which allows them to evade dragnet surveillance also allows them to conduct investigations securely.</p>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/privacy-international-protects-partners-its-onion-address">Find out what else</a> running an onion address provides the Privacy International community.</p>
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<h1>New Releases</h1>
<h2 class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1533/title/en/full" property="schema:name">Tor 0.3.3.7</span></h2>
<p>This release backports several changes from the 0.3.4.x series, including fixes for bugs affecting compatibility and stability. (<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-0337-released">Full changelog</a>).</p>
<h2><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1528/title/en/full" property="schema:name">Tor Browser 7.5.6</span></h2>
<p>This release features important <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2018-17/">security updates</a> to Firefox, updates Firefox to 52.9.0esr, and includes newer versions of NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere. Moreover, we added the latest Tor stable version, <a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-0337-released">0.3.3.7</a>. (<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-756-released-">Full changelog</a>).</p>
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<h1>Upcoming Events with Tor</h1>
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<p class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1535/title/en/full"><a href="https://petsymposium.org/2018/index.php">HOPE. </a>New York City, USA. July 20-22, 2018.</span></p>
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<p class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1535/title/en/full"><a href="https://petsymposium.org/2018/index.php">The 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS)</a>. Barcelona, Spain. July 24-27, 2018. </span></p>
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<p class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1535/title/en/full"><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/meetup-tor-community-night-pets">Tor Community Night</a>. July 24, 2018. Barcelona, Spain. </span></p>
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<p class="title"><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/events/roger-and-steph-and-others-def-con-las-vegas">Def Con</a>. Las Vegas, USA. August 8-12, 2018.</p>
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<h2>Join Our Community</h2>
<p>Getting involved with Tor is easy. You can help us make the network faster and more decentralized by&nbsp;<a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorRelayGuide">running a relay</a>.</p>
<p>You can learn about each of our <a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/WikiStart#Teams">teams </a>and start collaborating.</p>
<p>If you want to make a contribution but don&rsquo;t have the time to volunteer,&nbsp;<a href="http://donate.torproject.org/">your donation</a>&nbsp;will help&nbsp;keep Tor fast, strong, and secure.</p>
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## Breaking Through Censorship Barriers, Even When Tor Is Blocked ##
Last week, Venezuela blocked access to the Tor network. Prior to the block, there were over 30,000 people in Venezuela enjoying the privacy and security protections Tor provides: https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/59qvwz/venezuela-maduro-tor-network-censorship
Connecting to Tor is a luxury, but we have developed ways for people where Tor is blocked to continue to connect to the network. Using bridges and pluggable transports, people can break through censorship and continue to access the open web. For more information about using bridges, see:
https://blog.torproject.org/rompiendo-barreras-de-censura-incluso-cuando-tor-esta-bloqueado [Spanish]
https://blog.torproject.org/breaking-through-censorship-barriers-even-when-tor-blocked [English]
If you have basic command line experience, you can help out people in countries with heavy censorship by becoming a bridge operator: https://www.torproject.org/docs/pluggable-transports#operator
## Don't Let Facebook or Other Trackers Follow You on The Web ##
In the early age of the internet, people enjoyed a high level of privacy. Webpages were just hypertext documents; almost no personalization of the user experience was offered (or forced). The web today has evolved into a system of surveillance capitalism, where advertising networks follow users while they browse the web, continuously collecting traces of personal data and surfing patterns to create profiles of users in order to target them.
Using the web today, you are a target. And because of the rampant tracking across websites, each time you use the internet, you become an easier target.
By tracking you across different applications and sites through cookies or open web sessions, your personal preferences and social connections are collected and often sold. Even if you do not accept cookies or are not logged into a service account, such as your Google, Twitter, or Facebook accounts, the web page and third-party services can still try to profile you by using third-party HTTP requests or other techniques.
Within the HTTP request, various selectors can be included to communicate user preferences or particular features, in the form of URL variables. Personalized language or fonts settings, browser extensions, in-page keywords, battery charge and status, and more can be used to identify you by restricting the pool of possible candidates among all the visitors in a certain time frame, location, profile of interests. You can then be distinguished, or fingerprinted, across multiple devices or sessions and then the profile the tracker has on you is expanded.
By the sites and applications themselves, the story is spun to sound as if they’re doing you a favor: they say this collection allows them to customize your experience. You see ads more relevant to you, Facebook and others say.
Even if you think of an advertising network as a recommendation system, this same system is also influencing what you see. It’s changing your experience of the internet.
But at what cost is this customization? When confronted with transparency around what this “customization” takes, it “poisons” the ad. So of course these companies are pushing back against transparency, but we need to keep pushing them and doing what we can to prevent them from continuing to exploit us online.
Learn about how Tor Browser can help: https://blog.torproject.org/dont-let-facebook-or-any-tracker-follow-you-web
## Privacy International Protects Partners with Its Onion Address ##
This guest post is written by Ed Geraghty, Technologist, Privacy International.
> No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with [their] privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon [their] honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
> - United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948, Article 12
The right to privacy is a qualified, fundamental human right. We at Privacy International (PI) work hard with our network of partners to ensure this fundamental right is protected - it is essential to autonomy, the protection of human dignity, and is the foundation upon which many other human rights are built.
This is becoming ever-more important in an age of ubiquitous, indiscriminate mass surveillance, especially as more and more aspects of our daily lives - interactions with friends, family, companies, and the state - are dependent upon technology. In order for individuals to fully participate in the modern world, developments in law and technologies must strengthen and not undermine the ability to freely enjoy this right.We challenge governments' powers by advocating and litigating for stronger protections. We lead research and investigations to shine a light on powers and capabilities, and to instigate and inform debate. We advocate for good practices and strong laws worldwide to protect people and their rights. We equip civil society organisations across the world to increase public awareness about privacy. We raise awareness about technologies and laws that place privacy at risk, to ensure that the public is informed and engaged.
Tor is an important tool in our arsenal - a technology which allows people to communicate, use the internet, and browse the web in a manner which evades censorship.
Many of our partners work in challenging environments, with massive state surveillance and/or ongoing censorship programmes. Giving them an ability to securely browse the web (both clear and onion) in a way which allows them to evade dragnet surveillance also allows them to conduct investigations securely.
Find out what else running an onion address provides the Privacy International community: https://blog.torproject.org/privacy-international-protects-partners-its-onion-address
## New Releases ##
Tor 0.3.3.7
This release backports several changes from the 0.3.4.x series, including fixes for bugs affecting compatibility and stability. Full changelog: https://blog.torproject.org/tor-0337-released
Tor Browser 7.5.6
This release features important security updates to Firefox, updates Firefox to 52.9.0esr, and includes newer versions of NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere. Moreover, we added the latest Tor stable version, 0.3.3.7. Full changelog: https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-756-released-
## Upcoming Events with Tor ##
HOPE. New York City, USA. July 20-22, 2018.
https://hope.net/
The 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS). Barcelona, Spain. July 24-27, 2018.
https://petsymposium.org/2018/index.php
Tor Community Night. Barcelona, Spain. July 24, 2018.
https://blog.torproject.org/events/tor-community-night-barcelona
Def Con. Las Vegas, USA. August 8-12, 2018.
https://blog.torproject.org/events/roger-and-steph-and-others-def-con-las-vegas
## Join Our Community ##
Getting involved with Tor is easy: you can help us make the network faster and more decentralized by running a relay.
https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorRelayGuide
You can learn about each of our teams and start collaborating:
https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/WikiStart#Teams
If you want to make a contribution but don’t have the time to volunteer, your donation will help keep Tor fast, strong, and secure:
https://donate.torproject.org
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<h1>Domain Fronting Is Critical to the Open Web</h1>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/domain-fronting-critical-open-web"><img alt="pic-red-light" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/hermes-rivera-253620-unsplash.jpg?itok=jOr1fEqr" style="width: 560px; height: 348px;" /></a></p>
<p>Last month, Amazon and Google have both announced they&rsquo;re pulling the plug on domain fronting, a crucial tool which helps our most vulnerable users get access to Tor when their countries don&rsquo;t allow it. Users of <a href="https://signal.org/blog/looking-back-on-the-front/">Signal</a> and <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-05-03/telegram-block-gets-help-from-google-and-amazon">Telegram</a> are also affected by this block, and <a href="https://www.accessnow.org/google-ends-domain-fronting-a-crucial-way-for-tools-to-evade-censors/">Access Now identified</a> approximately a dozen &ldquo;human rights-enabling technologies&rdquo; which had relied on Google for this purpose.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.torproject.org/download">Tor Browser</a> protects against tracking, surveillance, and censorship, but not everyone around the world has the luxury to connect to use it. By default, Tor Browser makes all of its users look alike. However, it doesn&#39;t hide the fact you&#39;re connecting to Tor, an open network where anyone can get the list of relays. This network transparency has many benefits, but also has a downside: repressive governments and authorities can simply get the list of Tor relays and block them. We strongly oppose this censorship and believe everyone should have access to information on the open web. That&rsquo;s why we developed pluggable transports to bypass censorship and connect to the Tor network. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkEqWGF3cvg">Watch this video to learn more about pluggable transports</a>.</p>
<p>Domain fronting is a type of pluggable transport where Tor traffic appears to be talking to a third party that is hard to block, like Amazon or Google, when it is really talking to a Tor relay. An example of this is Tor&rsquo;s &ldquo;meek&rdquo; pluggable transport, which is described <a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/meek">here</a>.</p>
<p>Google and Amazon have both shut down domain fronting, making meek no longer usable over those CDNs. As of this writing, Microsoft&rsquo;s Azure cloud still seems to be working with meek.</p>
<p>For the time being, we are shifting to Microsoft&rsquo;s Azure cloud. But we&rsquo;ve heard that option will soon be shut down, as well.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, it doesn&rsquo;t look like there is a fast fix. We were not given advance notice of these changes, so we are thinking hard on potential solutions to ensure our friends living in repressive regimes around the world can continue to access the open web.</p>
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<h1>Get Help Running Your Relay From Our New Advocate</h1>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/get-help-running-your-relay-our-new-advocate"><img alt="pic-onion-roots" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/tor-onion-roots-purple.jpg?itok=NKaXgmBc" style="width: 560px; height: 280px;" /></a></p>
<p><span class="author-a-z87zz78zz70zxoz90zg7z71z8rz122zz90ztz82zz81z">Thousands of </span><span class="author-a-6fz80zz78zmoz77zfz66zhlz122z5z66zz70zz81z">relays</span><span class="author-a-z87zz78zz70zxoz90zg7z71z8rz122zz90ztz82zz81z"> make up the roots of the Tor network, and the volunteers who run them are indispensable, donating their time, infrastructure, and technical know-how to help millions of </span><span class="author-a-6fz80zz78zmoz77zfz66zhlz122z5z66zz70zz81z">people</span><span class="author-a-z87zz78zz70zxoz90zg7z71z8rz122zz90ztz82zz81z"> around the world</span><span class="author-a-6fz80zz78zmoz77zfz66zhlz122z5z66zz70zz81z">, including activists and journalists,</span><span class="author-a-z87zz78zz70zxoz90zg7z71z8rz122zz90ztz82zz81z"> communicate </span><span class="author-a-6fz80zz78zmoz77zfz66zhlz122z5z66zz70zz81z">privately and </span><span class="author-a-z87zz78zz70zxoz90zg7z71z8rz122zz90ztz82zz81z">securely. </span></p>
<p><span class="author-a-6fz80zz78zmoz77zfz66zhlz122z5z66zz70zz81z">Over the years, the Tor team saw there was a need for greater support of the relay operator community and heard concerns about how to better meet their needs. We now have a Relay Advocate whose</span><span class="author-a-uz77zwz73zz81zz85zrcz67zgz83zc091q"> job will be improving the health </span><span class="author-a-z87zz78zz70zxoz90zg7z71z8rz122zz90ztz82zz81z">and</span><span class="author-a-uz77zwz73zz81zz85zrcz67zgz83zc091q"> happiness of the relay operator community, expanding the community, and helping improve</span><span class="author-a-6fz80zz78zmoz77zfz66zhlz122z5z66zz70zz81z"> </span><span class="author-a-uz77zwz73zz81zz85zrcz67zgz83zc091q">bonds between operators. <a href="https://blog.torproject.org/get-help-running-your-relay-our-new-advocate">Meet Colin (Phoul) and find out what he&#39;s up to</a>. </span></p>
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<h1>Tor + Tails UX: Identifying User Needs at CryptoRave 2018</h1>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-tails-ux-identifying-user-needs-cryptorave-2018"><img alt="pic-stickies" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/kelly-sikkema-411622-unsplash.jpg?itok=-jGjhsiM" style="width: 560px; height: 371px;" /></a></p>
<p><span>This month during the geek <a href="https://cryptorave.org/">CryptoRave</a> in </span>S&atilde;o<span> Paulo, we invited <a href="https://tails.boum.org">Tails</a> and Tor users to join a user needs session. We love to run sessions with groups of similar users so we can focus on their unique needs and experiences. Users of Tor and Tails have the common objective: they are looking to use private and secure tools, and their safety could be a concern.</span><span> </span></p>
<p><span>We like to envision our community of users ultimately making the tools we build. UX is about relationships. We need to understand our users&#39; relationship to our software. And in order to do that, we need a close relationship with our users. <a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-tails-ux-identifying-user-needs-cryptorave-2018">Find out what we&#39;re considering</a> to address user needs we identified. </span></p>
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<h1>Meet the Tor Summer of Privacy &amp; Outreachy Interns</h1>
<p><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/meet-tor-summer-privacy-and-outreachy-interns"><img alt="forest-path" src="https://blog.torproject.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/image/adrian-261817-unsplash_0.jpg?itok=HAcXkudQ" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" /></a></p>
<p>We have new contributors joining the Tor Project who come to us through two paid internship programs, Tor Summer of Privacy and Outreachy, an internship program for underrepresented groups in tech. <a href="https://blog.torproject.org/meet-tor-summer-privacy-and-outreachy-interns">Meet the interns and find out a few of the things they&rsquo;re working on</a>.</p>
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<h1>New Releases</h1>
<h2 class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1533/title/en/full" property="schema:name">Tor 0.3.3.6</span></h2>
<p>Tor 0.3.3.6 is the first stable release in the 0.3.3 series. It backports several important fixes from the 0.3.4.1-alpha. The Tor 0.3.3 series includes controller support and other improvements for v3 onion services, official support for embedding Tor within other applications, and our first non-trivial module written in the Rust programming language. (Rust is still not enabled by default when building Tor.) And as usual, there are numerous other smaller bugfixes, features, and improvements. (<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-0336-released-new-stable-series">Full changelog</a>).</p>
<h2><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1528/title/en/full" property="schema:name">Tor Browser 7.5.4</span></h2>
<p>This release updates Firefox to 52.8.0esr, HTTPS Everywhere to 2018.4.11, and NoScript to 5.1.8.5. In addition, we <a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/23439">exempt .onion domains from mixed content warnings</a>, fixed a fingerprinting issue and an issue with localized content. (<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-754-released">Full changelog</a>).</p>
<h2 class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1537/title/en/full" property="schema:name">Tor Browser 8.0a7</span></h2>
<p>This release features important <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2018-12/">security updates</a> to Firefox and updates firefox to 52.8.0esr. We also fixed some issues with <a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25458">UI customization</a> and <a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25898">YouTube videos play</a>. (<a href="https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-80a7-released">Full changelog</a>).</p>
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<h1>Upcoming Events with Tor</h1>
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<p class="title"><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/events/citizen-lab-summer-institute-toronto">Citizen Lab Summer Institute</a>. Toronto, Canada. June 13-15, 2018.</p>
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<p class="title"><a href="https://blog.torproject.org/events/first-amendment-21st-century-pittsburgh">The First Amendment for the 21st Century</a>. Pittsburgh, USA. June 21-22, 2018.</p>
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<p class="title"><span class="quickedit-field" data-quickedit-field-id="node/1535/title/en/full"><a href="https://petsymposium.org/2018/index.php">The 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS)</a>. Barcelona, Spain. July 24-27, 2018. </span></p>
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<h2>Join Our Community</h2>
<p>Getting involved with Tor is easy. You can help us make the network faster and more decentralized by&nbsp;<a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorRelayGuide">running a relay</a>.</p>
<p>You can learn about each of our <a href="https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/WikiStart#Teams">teams </a>and start collaborating.</p>
<p>If you want to make a contribution but don&rsquo;t have the time to volunteer,&nbsp;<a href="http://donate.torproject.org/">your donation</a>&nbsp;will help&nbsp;keep Tor fast, strong, and secure.</p>
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// Domain Fronting Is Critical to the Open Web //
Last month, Amazon and Google have both announced they’re pulling the plug on domain fronting, a crucial tool which helps our most vulnerable users get access to Tor when their countries don’t allow it. Users of Signal and Telegram are also affected by this block, and Access Now identified approximately a dozen “human rights-enabling technologies” which had relied on Google for this purpose: https://www.accessnow.org/google-ends-domain-fronting-a-crucial-way-for-tools-to-evade-censors/
Tor Browser protects against tracking, surveillance, and censorship, but not everyone around the world has the luxury to connect to use it. By default, Tor Browser makes all of its users look alike. However, it doesn't hide the fact you're connecting to Tor, an open network where anyone can get the list of relays. This network transparency has many benefits, but also has a downside: repressive governments and authorities can simply get the list of Tor relays and block them. We strongly oppose this censorship and believe everyone should have access to information on the open web. That’s why we developed pluggable transports to bypass censorship and connect to the Tor network.
Domain fronting is a type of pluggable transport where Tor traffic appears to be talking to a third party that is hard to block, like Amazon or Google, when it is really talking to a Tor relay. An example of this is Tor’s “meek” pluggable transport, which is described here: trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/meek
Google and Amazon have both shut down domain fronting, making meek no longer usable over those CDNs. As of this writing, Microsoft’s Azure cloud still seems to be working with meek.
For the time being, we are shifting to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. But we’ve heard that option will soon be shut down, as well.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there is a fast fix. We were not given advance notice of these changes, so we are thinking hard on potential solutions to ensure our friends living in repressive regimes around the world can continue to access the open web.
// Get Help Running Your Relay From Our New Advocate //
Thousands of relays make up the roots of the Tor network, and the volunteers who run them are indispensable, donating their time, infrastructure, and technical know-how to help millions of people around the world, including activists and journalists, communicate privately and securely.
Over the years, the Tor team saw there was a need for greater support of the relay operator community and heard concerns about how to better meet their needs. We now have a Relay Advocate whose job will be improving the health and happiness of the relay operator community, expanding the community, and helping improve bonds between operators. Meet Colin (Phoul) and find out what he'll be up to: https://blog.torproject.org/get-help-running-your-relay-our-new-advocate
// Tor + Tails UX: Identifying User Needs at CryptoRave 2018 //
This month during the geek CryptoRave in São Paulo, we invited Tails and Tor users to join a user needs session. We love to run sessions with groups of similar users so we can focus on their unique needs and experiences. Users of Tor and Tails have the common objective: they are looking to use private and secure tools, and their safety could be a concern.
We like to envision our community of users ultimately making the tools we build. UX is about relationships. We need to understand our users' relationship to our software. And in order to do that, we need a close relationship with our users. Find out what we're considering to address user needs we identified: https://blog.torproject.org/tor-tails-ux-identifying-user-needs-cryptorave-2018
// Meet the Tor Summer of Privacy & Outreachy Interns //
We have new contributors joining the Tor Project who come to us through two paid internship programs, Tor Summer of Privacy and Outreachy, an internship program for underrepresented groups in tech. Meet the interns and find out a few of the things they’ll be working on: blog.torproject.org/meet-tor-summer-privacy-and-outreachy-interns
// New Releases //
Tor 0.3.3.6 This is the first stable release in the 0.3.3 series. It backports several important fixes from the 0.3.4.1-alpha. The Tor 0.3.3 series includes controller support and other improvements for v3 onion services, official support for embedding Tor within other applications, and our first non-trivial module written in the Rust programming language. (Rust is still not enabled by default when building Tor.) And as usual, there are numerous other smaller bugfixes, features, and improvements. Full changelog: https://blog.torproject.org/tor-0336-released-new-stable-series
Tor Browser 8.0a7 This release features important security updates to Firefox and updates firefox to 52.8.0esr. In addition we fixed some issues with UI customization and YouTube videos play. Full changelog: https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-80a7-released
Tor Browser 7.5.4 This release updates Firefox to 52.8.0esr, HTTPS Everywhere to 2018.4.11, and NoScript to 5.1.8.5. In addition, we exempt .onion domains from mixed content warnings, fixed a fingerprinting issue and an issue with localized content. Full changelog: https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-754-released
// Upcoming Events with Tor //
Mozilla All-Hands. San Francisco, USA. June 11-15, 2018. https://blog.torproject.org/events/mozilla-all-hands-san-fran
Citizen Lab Summer Institute. Toronto, Canada. June 13-15, 2018. https://blog.torproject.org/events/citizen-lab-summer-institute-toronto
The First Amendment for the 21st Century Pittsburgh, USA. June 21-22, 2018. https://blog.torproject.org/events/first-amendment-21st-century-pittsburgh
The 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS). Barcelona, Spain. July 24-27, 2018. https://petsymposium.org/2018/index.php
// Join Our Community //
Getting involved with Tor is easy: you can help us make the network faster and more decentralized by running a relay. https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorRelayGuide
You can learn about each of our teams and start collaborating: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/WikiStart#Teams
If you want to make a contribution but don’t have the time to volunteer, your donation will help keep Tor fast, strong, and secure: https://donate.torproject.org
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