[tor-dev] Seeking advice on master level project

Yiwen Zhu yzhu49 at uic.edu
Sat Jan 25 19:48:10 UTC 2014

Sorry for wrong posting.


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> On Jan 24, 2014, at 5:31 PM, Philipp Winter <phw at nymity.ch> wrote:
> Hi Yiwen,
>> On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 06:59:43PM -0600, Yiwen Zhu wrote:
>> I am current a master student working on a graduation project. I am interested
>> in the project Develop a Censorship Analyzer for Tor. But I am new to Python
>> and only have 1 semester to finish it. So it seems too large scale for me to
>> undertake this project. I am wondering whether it is an appropriate project for
>> me. I will appreciate any comments and suggestions.
> One semester might indeed be tough; especially if you are new to Python.
> Before you, two students tried to write some code for the project but were
> running out of time because they were new to Twisted (the Python framework,
> OONI is built on) which can be a little bit difficult in the beginning.  They
> ended up writing some shell scripts instead.
> On the other hand, the project is supposed to consist of a number of
> (semi-)independent tests.  Nobody expects you to build a completely functional
> tool from scratch in a couple of weeks.  So you could experiment with a handful
> of tests and see how far you can go.  I believe, the same applies to OONI which
> also consists of a number of network tests.  So that might also be an
> interesting project.  I'll try and help whenever I can, but I'm also warning
> you that there might be some unexpected road blocks on the way.  Another
> important factor is what exactly your university requires you to do in order to
> pass.
> Cheers,
> Philipp
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