[tbb-dev] [tor-project] We need project ideas for GSoC 2017!

Tom Ritter tom at ritter.vg
Mon Jan 30 20:29:37 UTC 2017

Hey Damian, how's this:


Crash Reporter for Tor Browser

Likely Mentors: Tom Ritter, Georg

Currently Tor Browser disables the Crash Reporter. We would like to
build it reproducible, enable it, and configure it to report crashes
containing non-detailed and impersonal information to Tor, on a .onion
submission platform that would allow us to view and explore the

The project will entail enabling the Crash Report on Tor Browser and
creating a backend to receive reports from it. Once created, the crash
reporter data will be analyzed and modified to fit Tor's requirements
for personal data collection. As time permits, we will update the
build system to ensure the crash reporter is built reproducibly and
add data analysis tools for the crash report database to visualize top
crashers and similar statistics.


Making Tor Browser Faster
Likely Mentors: Tom Ritter, Georg

This project will enable and take advantage of HTTP/2, the Alt-Srv
header, and tor's new single hop .onion mode to enable websites to
transparently move their traffic to a .onion address. In addition to
improvements in security, we will benchmark page load and paint times
under normal HTTP/1.1, HTTP/2, and when taking advantage of features
such as Server Push.



On 30 January 2017 at 01:23, Damian Johnson <atagar at torproject.org> wrote:
> Hi Tom. I'm not familiar with most of those but sound good to me. :P
> When you feel confident in the project ideas if you shoot me something
> to paste into the site I'd be happy to add it.
> Cheers! -Damian
> On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:17 PM, Tom Ritter <tom at ritter.vg> wrote:
>> Here are some ideas I'd be willing to mentor if anyone thinks they're good/bad:
>> - Creating a Crash Reporter and accompanying backend
>> - Privacy-preserving metrics gathering (RAPPOR + opt-in) - this might
>> be too ambitious though...
>> - .onion, HTTP/2, Alt-Srv investigation - An idea of speeding up sites
>> by serving them over a .onion with HTTP2 using the Alt-Srv header,
>> probably with judicious use of server push
>> - Security Slider Enhancements (Putting more features in FF behind the
>> slider) - this one is probably not ambitious enough
>> -tom
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Damian Johnson <atagar at torproject.org>
>> Date: 29 January 2017 at 15:57
>> Subject: [tor-project] We need project ideas for GSoC 2017!
>> To: tor-project at lists.torproject.org
>> Hi all! This week I'm getting our ducks in a row to apply for Google
>> Summer of Code 2017...
>> https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
>> I just trimmed our volunteer page of projects that were done last year
>> and sadly that doesn't leave us with much. We need mentors and project
>> ideas!
>> Got anything you'd care to mentor this summer? If so please let me know!
>> Just send me a description like the ones on the following and I'd be
>> happy to add it to our site...
>> https://www.torproject.org/getinvolved/volunteer.html.en#Coding
>> Please note that all projects must have two mentors, one of which is
>> an established tor person. If you're not part of our internal community
>> that's fine, but please find a core developer to co-sponsor your
>> project and act as a secondary mentor.
>> Thanks! -Damian
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