[tor-project] The Tor Project Social Contract

Lunar lunar at torproject.org
Sat Jul 30 18:30:35 UTC 2016

Virgil Griffith:
> The only part that concerns me is explicitly defining "We advance human
> rights" as part of Tor's core mission.
> The problem is that many people who need Tor the most live in countries in
> which Tor's active alignment with liberal human rights advocacy would
> substantially (certainly non-negligibly) increase the chance of Tor being
> banned.

If we are going to think strategy, I suggest that we pause on a more
pressing problem from my point of view. We really need to keep Tor legal
in places where it has been embrassed or tolerated so far.

That means we need the general population and lawmakers of countries
which signed the universal declaration of human rights to understand
that you can't properly exercise articles 12 (privacy), 18 (freedom of
thoughts), 19 (freedom of expression), 20 (freedom of association), 27
(knowledge sharing) in a digital world.

By reclaiming our narative on why we make Tor from the
deep-dark-marina-abyssal web depicted by clickbait headlines, we give
ourselves one more stand that should help us to keep doing what we do.

Lunar                                             <lunar at torproject.org>
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