[tor-project] Launching Ethics Guidelines

isis isis at torproject.org
Thu May 12 01:08:36 UTC 2016

Virgil Griffith transcribed 2.7K bytes:
> Here's the line about unacceptability of crawling .onion:
> "For example, it is not acceptable to run an HSDir, harvest onion
> addresses, and do a Web crawl of those onion services."
> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/meetings/2015SummerDevMeeting/ResearchEthicsNotes
> So, this can indeed be an official policy.  But it was the first I had
> heard of it.  And currently at least 3-4 tor2web nodes in
> good-standing explicitly permit crawling of .onion .

Perhaps, more explicitly, what we'd like to eliminate is people like you,
Virgil.  You've admitted publicly, in person, to several of our developers
that you harvested HSDir data and then further attempted (unsuccessfully) to
sell said data on users to INTERPOL and the Singaporean government.

We do not tolerate people within our community cooperating with any parties,
including law enforcement and government agencies, to deanonymise real world
users of the Tor network.  Full stop.

Your previous behaviours were absolutely abhorent, unethical, unacceptable,
and cowardly.  They are now covered by the official ethical guidelines.
Tor2web similarly should be killed with fire as being a blatant and disgusting
workaround to the trust and expectations which onion service operators place
in the network.

Have a nice day.

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