Tor Weekly News — January 28th, 2015

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Wed Jan 28 12:08:44 UTC 2015

Tor Weekly News                                       January 28th, 2015

Welcome to the fourth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.

The future of Private Browsing Mode

Mozilla Firefox, on which Tor Browser is based, offers users a “Private
Browsing Mode” that aims solely to prevent browsing information from
being saved locally. As Georg Koppen pointed out [1], “The question is
now how to treat the other privacy-relevant areas like cross-origin
linkability or fingerprinting?”

Georg proposed a “Private Browsing Mode+”, which would integrate the
disk-avoidance, anti-tracking, anti-fingerprinting, and
location-concealing elements of a privacy-preserving browser in a more
logical way.


Miscellaneous news

After a “pretty big overhaul” [2], Damian Johnson announced that
Stem [3], the Tor controller library, now “lazy-loads” descriptors,
resulting in a considerable speed increase when reading network
documents [4]. “Note that descriptor validation is now opt-in rather
than opt-out, so if you’d prefer validation over performance you’ll now
need to include ‘validate = True’.”


The Tails team set out [5] the release schedule for Tails 1.3, and also
published its Code of Conduct [6].


Arturo Filastò reported [7] on OONI-related activities at the Nexa
Center’s NNTools2015 event [8].


Patrick Schleizer wondered [9] how Tor Browser could be made to act more
like a “system tor”, and sketched out a possible plan [10]: “What do you
think about this proposal in general?”


Upcoming events

  Jan 28 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
                   | #tor-dev,
  Jan 28 16:00 UTC | Pluggable transports meeting
                   | #tor-dev,
  Feb 02 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser online meeting
                   | #tor-dev,
  Feb 02 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
                   | #ooni,
  Feb 03 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
                   | #tor-dev,
  Feb 03 20:00 UTC | Tails contributors meeting
                   | #tails-dev,

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