Tor Weekly News — March 18th, 2015

Harmony harmony01 at
Wed Mar 18 16:00:08 UTC 2015

Tor Weekly News                                         March 18th, 2015

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

An animated introduction to Tor

Nima Fatemi announced [1] the release of a short animation offering
Internet users a brief and lively introduction to the tracking and
surveillance they face online, and the ways in which Tor Browser can
protect them. The result of a collaboration between the Tor Project and
KAJART Studio, the video is available for download or sharing online,
with voiceovers in five languages and subtitles in a further three.

“But we still have work to do”, as Nima explained. “If you have an idea
for making better videos and documentation, or if you’re a visual artist
and you can help us explain these complex technologies in simple and
understandable forms to inexperienced users”, then please see the Tor
Project’s website [2] for ways to get in touch; the same goes if you
want this animation to be available in your language. See Nima’s post
for further details, and be sure to share the video with your friends
and contacts!


Thanks Reddit!

Following Reddit’s generous donation [3] to the Tor Project, Tor
developers and community members in attendance at the Circumvention Tech
Festival in Valencia responded with a surprise video thank-you
message [4]. Bonus points if you can identify everyone who took part…


Miscellaneous news

Sukhbir Singh announced [5] the release of TorBirdy 0.1.4. This version
of the torifying wrapper for Thunderbird fixes a bug that prevented the
email client from opening if three or more IMAP accounts are configured.
Apart from an update to the Whonix gateway [6], no other features are
introduced in this release.


Mike Perry gave details [7] of the Tor Browser release cycle, and
discussed a possible synchronization with the release schedule for the
core Tor software.


Jens Kubieziel published his minutes [8] of the Tor relay operators’
meeting in Valencia.


Sukhbir Singh sent out his status report for February [9], while George
Kadianakis submitted the SponsorR report [10], and Arturo Filastò
reported on the activities of the OONI team in January [11] and
February [12].


David Fifield published the regular summary [13] of costs incurred in
February by the infrastructure for meek.


WhonixQubes offered an update [14] on recent progress in the
Whonix+Qubes project, including architecture improvements, upstream
integration, better documentation, and more.


Thanks to Peter from for running a mirror of the Tor
Project’s website and software [15]!


Upcoming events

  Mar 18 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
                   | #tor-dev,
  Mar 18 16:00 UTC | Pluggable tranports meeting
                   | #tor-dev,
  Mar 23 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser online meeting
                   | #tor-dev,
  Mar 23 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
                   | #ooni,
  Mar 24 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
                   | #tor-dev,
  Mar 24 - 25      | Roger and Jake @ RightsCon 2015
                   | Manila, Philippines
  Apr 03 20:00 UTC | Tails contributors meeting
                   | #tails-dev,

This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony and Karsten

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