[tor-project] Anti-censorship meeting notes, 09 Apr 2020

Philipp Winter phw at torproject.org
Thu Apr 9 18:34:29 UTC 2020

Hi all,

Here are our meeting minutes:


And here is our meeting pad:

Anti-censorship work meeting pad

Next meeting: Thursday April 9th 18:00 UTC

Weekly meetings, every Thursday at 18:00 UTC, in #tor-meeting at OFTC (channel is logged while meetings are in progress).

== Goal of this meeting ==

Weekly checkin about the status of anti-censorship work at Tor.
Coordinate collaboration between people/teams on anti-censorship at Tor.

== Links to Useful documents ==

    * Our anti-censorship roadmap: https://gitlab.torproject.org/torproject/anti-censorship/roadmap/boards
        * Our roadmap consists of a subset of trac tickets. For 2020 Q1, the trac keyword is anti-censorship-roadmap-2020Q1
        * Next planning session: last week of April
    * The anti-censorship team's wiki page: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/teams/AntiCensorshipTeam
    * Past meeting notes can be found at: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/
    * GetTor's roadmap: https://gitlab.torproject.org/groups/torproject/anti-censorship/gettor-project/-/boards
    * Tickets that need reviews:  from sponsors we are working on:
        * https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/Sponsor30
        * https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/Sponsor28
    * Anti-censorship related tickets that we want other teams to fix:
        * https://pad.riseup.net/p/tor-anti-censorship-tickets-keep

---  April  9th 2020   --

== Announcements ==


== Discussion ==


== Actions ==

    * Please jot down your March 2020 highlights for our monthly team report
        * https://pad.riseup.net/p/GDSSo-bqhi_dE1oJENyP

== Interesting links ==


== Reading group ==

    * We will discuss "SymTCP: Eluding Stateful Deep Packet Inspectionwith Automated Discrepancy Discovery" on April 16
        * https://censorbib.nymity.ch/#Wang2020a
        * Questions to ask and goals to have:
            * What aspects of the paper are questionable?
            * Are there immediate actions we can take based on this work?
            * Are there long-term actions we can take based on this work?
            * Is there future work that we want to call out, in hopes that others will pick it up?

== Updates ==

    This week:
        - What you worked on this week.
    Next week:
        - What you are planning to work on next week (related to anti-censorship work).
    Help with:
         - Something you may need help with.

  This week (2020-04-09):
        * Made sure that my feedback was still covered in catalyst's rebase of #5304.
        * Left some feedback in #10831.
        * Found a new maintainer of a next default bridge in noisebridge.
        * Finally wrapped up #13727 now that noisebridge01 is no longer in Tor Browser.
        * Wrapped up #29686 and #30941.
        * Filed #33835.
        * Reviewed Tor Research Safety Board submission.
        * Organised letter of support for an OTF application that seeks to distribute bridges in Turkey.
        * Made good progress on #32740.
  Next week:
        * Write a summary of our current BridgeDB distribution mechanisms and brainstorm new ones
        * Make BridgeDB report internal metrics (#31422)
        * Will have to tackle #32740 (Implement a feedback loop between BridgeDB and OONI)
  Help with:

Gaba: ()
   Last week (2020-03-30):
        * not much related to anti-censorship
    This week (planned):
        * anti-censorship retrospective

cecylia (cohosh): last updated 2020-04-09
Last week:
    - diagnosed proxy issues (#33666)
    - some grant submission things
    - started looking into building a test suite for NAT topologies (#25595)
    - investigated setting up a TURN server (#25596)
    - gave feedback on #32740
    - team retrospective
    - popets things (paper reviews, artifact review)
    - sent an email to the pion peeps about testing NAT topologies (#25595)
This week:
    - Resume obfs4 tests (#31701, #32657)
    - see if i can help push snowflake for android along (#28672)
    - set up some kind of NAT topology testing suite (#25595)
    - look into setting up a TURN server (#25596)
    - take a look at reviving the twitter responder in GetTor (#33036)
    - review GSoC proposals
Needs help with:

juggy :

    This week:
        - Tried to study Moat to implement audio captchas
    Next week:
        - Implement audio captchas in moat
        - Keep studying BridgeDB to write architectural overview
    Help with:
         - Question about current Moat implementation - it seems to be using XUL, which is deprecated by Firefox if I'm not wrong. I
                saw a thread in trac discussing reimplementing it with the newer Web Extensions API (but that was years ago)- is that still going on?

arlolra: 2020-03-26
    Last week:
        - merged #33665
    Next week:
        - maybe the proxy parts of #19026
        - start on #31201
    Help with:
        - review of #19026 but also answer the question there

dcf: 2020-04-09
    Last week:
        - worked on branches for snowflake turbotunnel merge (#33745)
        - helped test snowflake proxy failures (#33666)
        - removed uniuri dependency from snowflake (#33800)
    Next week:
        - branches for snowflake turbotunnel merge (#33745)
        - share access to the snowflake broker CDN configuration (#30510)
    Help with:

cjb: 2020-04-09
   Last week:
    - gonna be afk with kids
   Next week:
   Help with:

antonela: 2020-03-26
    - working with Babatunde's interviews (OTF Fellowship) from Nigeria and Cameroon. Shared preliminar notes with Tunde and Nah (#32811)
    - started to work on this user research document, we still stick to the plan of running it during April (#31870)
    Help with:
    - nothing yet :)

    Last week:
        - Worked on #19997, but the issue seems to be in check.torproject
        - Worked on #33835, patch needs a few more tests before submission
    Next week:
        - Check out check.torproject's code base
    Help with:

catalyst: 2020-04-09
    last week:
        - network team roadmapping and estimating s28/s30 tickets
this week:
        - looking into how best to coordinate work on reachability testing (thanks, teor)

thymbahutymba: 2020-04-02
    Last week:
        - CI/CD pipeline for multiarch docker images, which has a problem
          with the apt tor version even though the apt repository have been
          changed into the Dockerfile.
    Next week:
    Help with:

Hiro: (last updated before 2020-01-09)
    Started restoring Twitter Responder.
        When retrieving tweets I need to check for new tweets only otherwise Gettor will end up responding to old back log and already answered messages. <-- is this #27330 ?
    Next Week:
      - Work on gettor specs <-- Is this #3781?
      - More with review of strings and website content and translation

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