[tor-dev] Panopticlick summer project

Georg Koppen gk at torproject.org
Wed Apr 23 08:15:40 UTC 2014

Gunes Acar:
> On 04/22/2014 10:35 AM, Georg Koppen wrote:
>> I am happy with getting 1), 2) and 3) done in that order but am a
>> bit wondering why that does not match your suggestion in the
>> timeline. There you plan doing something like 2) (+ maybe the
>> "Implement fingerprinting tests" from 1)), 3) and 1). Is there a
>> reason for this? I am asking as porting the Panopticlick and
>> getting something live to use seems to be the most tricky part of
>> your proposal (I might be wrong here, though). Having this as the
>> last item to work on contains the nonnegligible risk that it won't
>> get finished which would we sad...
> Sorry for putting it in a confusing way. The reason was that there is
> a strong chance that after August I'll be able to access the
> Panopticlick data (and probably the code), as an EFF
> volunteer/contractor. I thought it might be a better idea to work
> after that, assuming Peter may give some valuable advices on the
> process too. If code gets published before August, I can start to work
> earlier.

Okay, sounds reasonable. What is the fallback plan for the case the code
is not getting open-sourced during the time you are working on the
topic? Do you have an "internal" deadline like: "If I/we don't have the
code by XXX I'll start an implementation from scratch"?

> Also what is missing in the timeplan is my intention to implement
> ~everything except the backend a part of the QA process, and then
> reuse the code in the ultimate website (your suggestion). In addition
> to the new tests, I'll be working on the machine readable output,
> entropy calculation and submitting test machine fingerprints to a
> central database as a part of (2).
> Let me know if that makes sense or I can revise the timeplan (e.g.
> leave (3) to the end).

Sounds good to me.


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