[or-cvs] r8838: various changes to news and such (website/branches/Oct2006/en)

shava at seul.org shava at seul.org
Fri Oct 27 17:51:45 UTC 2006

Author: shava
Date: 2006-10-27 13:51:41 -0400 (Fri, 27 Oct 2006)
New Revision: 8838

various changes to news and such

Modified: website/branches/Oct2006/en/index.wml
--- website/branches/Oct2006/en/index.wml	2006-10-27 15:34:09 UTC (rev 8837)
+++ website/branches/Oct2006/en/index.wml	2006-10-27 17:51:41 UTC (rev 8838)
@@ -25,11 +25,30 @@
 <br />
-NEWS: <a href="<page index>#News">see News below for Network Security podcast</a>
+Breaking: <a href="<page index>#News">see News below for Network Security podcast</a>
+Tor covers your tracks on the web.  When you connect to the internet from your 
+computer, you leave an return address that's like a calling card, everywhere you go. 
+ Even if you don't log into a site with a username and password, you leave information 
+on what IP you came from and when.
+Since this is all the information that is usually needed to find out who was on the 
+other end of the wire, so to speak, marketers, governments, and other curious parties 
+can trace you by tracing the activity associated with your IP address.
+Tor hides your IP address.  It's like blocking your caller ID.  If you keep Tor turned 
+on all the time, you won't be able to use some services on the Web.
+Tor does not prevent you from connecting to a site and then logging on or otherwise 
+identifying yourself.  It simply hides the physical location of your originating 
+connection -- where your computer is, geographically.  Without fastidious care, you 
+can accidentally reveal your location even with the use of Tor, if you don't turn off 
+Javascript, Flash, and other browser plug-ins that are "leaky."  Similarly, adware and 
+spyware can reveal your location if you don't protect your machine from malware.  
+So Tor on its own is necessary, but not sufficient, to protect your privacy.
 Tor's security is improved as its user base grows and as
 more people volunteer to run servers.  Please consider
 <a href="<page volunteer>">volunteering your time</a> or
@@ -44,58 +63,44 @@
-<li>Sep 11 2006:
+<li>Oct 2006:  Shava Nerad, Tor executive director, featured on Martin McKeay's
+<a href="http://www.mckeay.net/secure/2006/10/network_security_podcast_episo_43.html">
+Network Security podcast</a>
+<li>Oct 2006:  Nick Matthewson rejoins the Tor project staff -- welcome back, Nick!
+<li>Sep 2006:  Roger Dingledine, Tor principle scientist, is awarded a 
+Technology Review TR35 award, in recognition of thirty-five outstanding
+innovators, globally, under the age of 35.
+<li>Sep 2006:  German police seize a few Tor servers, state that Tor is 
+not their target.
+<li>Aug 2006:  Tor is awarded an Omidyar Enzyme Grant, targeted to organizations
+catalyzing positive social change
+<li>Aug 2006:  Tor is approved for a Americorp/VISTA position to create 
+curricula to help low income Americans use privacy measures to better engage
+in civic affairs.
+<li>May 2006: Shava Nerad joins Tor project staff as executive director
+<li>see <a href="<page oldnews>">news archives</a> for older news and some expansions
+of these items
-Last week, a few Tor exit nodes were seized by the German police in a
-massive sting against child pornography.  From our friends on the ground in
-Germany, we hear that dozens and dozens of other computers unrelated
-to Tor may have been seized too.
-<p>So far as we know, only six of those were Tor servers.  We have heard
-from the server operators.  None of them has been charged.  We hope that
-this is just a misunderstanding that can be solved by educating German
-law enforcement about Tor.
-<b>This is not a "crackdown on Tor"</b>, as has been widely reported.
-This seems to be part of a wide sweep on computers associated by IP address
-with a large child porn bust.  There does not seem to be any specific
-targeting of Tor &mdash; Tor is used by journalists, human rights
-activists, dissident bloggers, and a vast array of blameless users.
-We hope that the volunteer Tor server operators in Germany will get their
-equipment back after this has blown over, and there will be no action against
-Please contact <a href="mailto:shava at freehaven.net">Shava Nerad</a>
-for more press information.
-If you are a Tor server operator in Germany, please contact <a
-href="mailto:julius at ccc.de">Julius Mittenzwei</a> for more
-<li>Feb 2006: The Tor network has grown to hundreds of thousands of
+The Tor network has grown to hundreds of thousands of
 users. The developers can't do all the new features, bug fixes, and
-documentation. <a href="<page volunteer>">We need your help!</a></li>
-<li>Jan 2006: <b>We are now actively looking for new sponsors and funding.</b>
+documentation. <a href="<page volunteer>">We need your help!</a>
+<b>We are now actively looking for new sponsors and funding.</b>
 If your organization has an interest in keeping the Tor network usable
 and fast, please <a href="<page contact>">contact us</a>. Sponsors of Tor
 also get personal attention, better support, publicity (if they want it),
-and get to influence the direction of our research and development.</li>
+and get to influence the direction of our research and development.
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