[tor-project] Anti-censorship meeting notes, 26 Mar 2020

Philipp Winter phw at torproject.org
Thu Mar 26 21:07:46 UTC 2020

Hi all,

Here are our meeting minutes:


And here is our meeting pad:

Anti-censorship work meeting pad

Next meeting: Thursday April 1st 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 meetings' 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

---  March 26th 2020   --

== Announcements ==


== Discussion ==

    * Can we close https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/29863 (snowflake infra disk space monitoring) ?
    * What's there to do for https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/29274 (get developers using new PT alphas) ?

== Actions ==


== Interesting links ==

    * https://uncensoredlibrary.com/en
    * https://geneva.cs.umd.edu/posts/iran-whitelister/
    * https://github.com/SadeghHayeri/GreenTunnel
    * https://info.williamlong.info/2020/03/github-pages.html
        * reported TLS MITM of GitHub Pages in China

== Reading group ==

    * We will discuss "Detecting Probe-resistant Proxies" on April 2
        * https://censorbib.nymity.ch/#Frolov2020a
        * 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 (2020-03-26):
        * Made decent progress on making BridgeDB report internal metrics (#31422).
        * Merged patch that made docker obfs4 image support docker-compose to (re-)deploy container. Thanks to thymbahutymba for the patch!
        * Spent a lot of time debugging the failure that resulted from my own creation (#33709).
        * Merged #31967, thanks to agix for the patch!
        * Fixed and merged #30317.
        * Implemented #33631.
        * Revised #30941.
  Next week:
        * Write a summary of our current BridgeDB distribution mechanisms and brainstorm new ones
        * Pay attention to volunteer work (help agix with BridgeDB reviews; thymbahutymba with docker; Sergey with https proxy)
        * Make BridgeDB report internal metrics (#31422)
        * Catch up on RACE; in particular wrt obfs4 improvements
  Help with:
        * https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30941

Gaba: ()
   Last week (2020-03-26):
        * not much related to anti-censorship
    This week (planned):
        * not much related to anti-censorship

cecylia (cohosh): last updated 2020-03-26
Last week:
    - Updated Snowflake license (#33637)
    - worked on learning about Debian for Snowflake (#19409)
    - chipped away at updating the debian obfs4proxy package (#33736)
    - travis fixes for #33593
    - lots of grant writing, the grant seems pretty much finished!
    - lots of gsoc things, reviewed proposals, talked to applicants
    - created #33740
    - reviewed #33631 and #30317
    - read up on history of #33693
This week:
    - Resume obfs4 and snowflake tests (#31701, #32657, and #32545)
    - see if i can help push snowflake for android along (#28672)
    - write a patch for #33693
    - look into proxy issues (#33666)
    - take a look at reviving the twitter responder in GetTor (#33036)
Needs help with:

juggy :

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: 2020-03-26
    Last week:
        - announced snowflake-turbotunnel packages built on 9.5a8 (#33519)
            - https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/anti-censorship-team/2020-March/000075.html
        - discussed snowflake client metrics (#33693)
        - security upgrade of snowflake bridge (#33644)
        - closed ticket for multiple SOCKS connections in turbotunnel snowflake (#33519)
        - reviewed unsafe logging patch (#33665)
        - investigated effects of missing client_ip at snowflake bridge (#33157)
            - https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/metrics-team/2020-March/001139.html
    Next week:
        - file ticket for snowflake-turbotunnel merge
        - share access to the snowflake broker CDN configuration (#30510)
    Help with:

cjb: 2020-03-26
   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:
        - Finally patched #31967
        - Finished the project proposal
    Next week:
        - Patch #31426
        - Patch #33647
    Help with:

catalyst: 2020-03-19
    last week:
        - worked on #5304 (Obfsproxy should respect OutboundBindAddress in torrc)
    this week:
        - more work on #5304 and other s28/s30 tickets

thymbahutymba: 2020-03-23
    Last week:
        - CI/CD using github actions.
        - docker-obfs4-bridge CI/CD (testing and multiarch-testing branch) with release on hub.docker.com.
    Next week:
    Help with:
        - How should work (be triggered) the release of different arch images?

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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