[tor-project] [TSoP 2018] Ahmia status update - report #7

Stelios Barberakis chefarov at gmail.com
Mon Aug 27 14:27:54 UTC 2018

Hello all,

This comes in late, sorry about that, we had some issues deploying the
recent changes.
The new things that we have integrated since the last report are:

--- Ahmia Site ---

* Integrated Page Popularity algorithm (based on backlinks). The goal here
is to improve the sorting (of the results), by pushing the popular pages a
bit higher. Tuning the formula to combine page popularity score with the IR
(information retrieval) score, optimizing for all cases, is a black art. It
will need a lot of testing.

It's currently deployed as a silent feature (you need to append &r
<https://ahmia.fi/search/?q=onion+routing&r> at the end of the url), so
that we can evaluate the results we get on the production environment,
before making it the default. Current results are not great, but they are
promising, and I am confident that we will further improve it (some ideas
are listed in the reference). [1]

* Improved django validators and added v3 onion support (that applies for
the domains added by user only, since the crawler and index were already
working with v3) [2]

* Improved statistics figures by increasing the width and adding grid lines

* Updated travis configuration to match the current development [4]

I am really glad and thankful that I had the chance to participate in this
summer of privacy program. I suppose this is the last report for this
summer, however there are still things that I plan to work on, so I will
continue to participate on ahmia development in my own pace. The OFTC
channel is currently active, which means that we are open to any ideas,
suggestions etc.

Best Regards,

[1] https://github.com/ahmia/ahmia-site/issues/30
[2] https://github.com/ahmia/ahmia-site/pull/34
[3] https://github.com/ahmia/ahmia-site/pull/36
[4] https://github.com/ahmia/ahmia-site/pull/42

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