[tor-project] GSoC idea - Feedback/Report extension for TB

Will tor at wills.co.tt
Wed Mar 16 20:43:32 UTC 2016

Getting a UI and feedback pipeline in tor launcher certainly seems like it
could be a full summers work. Figuring out what happens with the reports
seems like the biggest unknown and potentially the most amount of work.
(Are they fed into trac tickets? is there some new system to see them? who
can see that data? how much PII is scrubbed / available to who?)

I'm happy to help mentor firefox extension side development and think about
some of the reporting issues.


On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Georg Koppen <gk at torproject.org> wrote:

> Nima Fatemi:
> > Hi Georg,
> >
> > Thanks for your feedback. Please find my response below:
> [snip]
> >> Keep in mind as
> >> well that we have the goal to suggest the user a pluggable
> >> transport/bridge that works for her/him anyway in the future in case it
> >> is needed. This would avoid having to try all the transports hoping to
> >> finally find one that works.
> >
> > Wow that's news to me and kind of a radical approach. Wouldn't that make
> > PTs a bigger bottleneck than what they already are? Plus PT users soon
> > seem to be going over 4 hops instead of 3 and that dramatically affects
> > the speed, specially for censored users whom are already battling with
> > TLS throttling and DPI. But this is a whole separate conversation and I
> > don't think it belongs to this thread.
> Well, this point was only meant to illustrate that we at some point want
> to take the burden to deal with pluggable transport/bridge selection off
> of the user. Yes, it is orthogonal to the GSoC idea how and in which
> form we achieve this. But mentioning it was meant to drive the point
> home that the option for network tests should might fit better into Tor
> Launcher althought this idea has drawbacks, too. E.g. it makes Tor
> Launcher more complex enhancing the risk that users get lost on start-up
> etc.
> Georg
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