[tor-project] Anti-censorship team monthly report: February 2020

Philipp Winter phw at torproject.org
Fri Mar 13 00:17:41 UTC 2020

Hi friends,

Here's what the anti-censorship team has accomplished in February 2020:


* Did a trial deployment of Tor Browser with Snowflake and Turbo Tunnel.
  This branch of development enables Snowflake to work for a long time,
  by migrating across temporary proxies.
  One known major usability bug remains:

* Update webextension and webpage with new translations.

* Debugged some pion library performance issues.

* Worked on a throughput check for Snowflake proxies.


* Fixed broken localisation for some locales.

* Fixed the email rate-limiter and delete old requests.

* Added database tests for GetTor and fixed the database handling code.

* Worked on fix to ignore quoted help text in GetTor emails.


* We finally finished porting BridgeDB to Python 3.

* Did another analysis round to better understand how our new CAPTCHAs
  affected users: <https://bugs.torproject.org/24607#comment:17>

* Updated BridgeDB's documentation.

* Made some progress towards an easier-to-understand email response.

* Retired obfs3, ScrambleSuit, and FTE from BridgeDB.

* Refactored a Python script that will help us test BridgeDB's email
  distributor using Nagios.


* Created a preliminary process for the distribution of private bridges
  to NGOs.

* Fixed a synchronisation issue in bridgestrap and wrote unit tests for

* Made some progress towards building docker images for architectures
  other than amd64.

* Started using Debian "slim" to reduce the size of our obfs4 docker
  image.  The size went from approximately 120 MB to 70 MB.

* Created a pull request that adds our latest default bridges to OONI.


* Wrote a blog post introducing BridgeDB version 0.9.3.

* Wrapped up our bridge campaign retrospective.

More information about the tor-project mailing list