[tor-project] Anti-censorship meeting notes, 5 Nov 2020

Cecylia Bocovich cohosh at torproject.org
Mon Nov 9 17:47:41 UTC 2020

Hey everyone!

Here are the meeting logs:


and our meeting pad:

Anti-censorship work meeting pad

Next meeting: Thursday November 5th 16:00 UTC

Weekly meetings, every Thursday at 16:00 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:


    The anti-censorship team's wiki page:


    Past meeting notes can be found at:


    Tickets that need reviews:  from sponsors we are working on:

    All needs review tickets:

    Sponsor 30





    Sponsor 28

    must-do tickets:

    possible tickets:

    Anti-censorship related tickets that we want other teams to fix:

    https://pad.riseup.net/p/tor-anti-censorship-tickets-keep <-- it
will be moved into gitlab with TPO labels <-- do we still need this? The
label is 'for anticensorship team'

    Public bug-reporting pad:


== Announcements ==

    We're adding a new default bridge.


== Discussion ==

== Actions ==

== Interesting links ==

    "Towards a Scalable Censorship-Resistant Overlay Network based on
WebRTC Covert Channels"


== Reading group ==

    We will discuss "The use of TLS in Censorship Circumvention" on


    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.
    Help with:

         - Something you need help with.

  This week (2020-10-29):

    Reviewed Snowflake patches, rdsys patch, grant budget, and S30 report.

    Lots of rdsys and Salmon refactoring.

    Made good progress on cohosh's idea of making Salmon more privacy
preserving by not storing a social graph on the server side.

    Experimented with statsd/graphite for metrics.

    Seems very promising.

    Took a look at the recent censorship in Tanzania.

  Next week:

    Finish refactoring Salmon and start working on cohosh's "social
graph reduction" idea.

  Help with:


cecylia (cohosh): last updated 2020-11-05
Last week:
    - submitted merge request for snowflake#40012
    - worked on a patch for guardian project efforts to make a snowflake
library (snowflake#40018)
    - made slides for sponsor 28 PI meeting
    - attended sponsor 28 PI meeting
    - switched from a docker-based to network namespace solution for
probetest service (snowflake#40013)
This week:
    - finish debugging snowflake#40013
    - continue work on snowflake#40018
    - follow up on progress towards a telegram bot for gettor
    - pick up snowflake multiplexing work again (snowflake#25723)
    - sponsor 28 PI meeting
    - write probetest survival guide
Needs help with:
    - review of snowflake!16

juggy :
    This week:
        - Got very basic "suggested readings" list up and running here :
    Next week:
        - Keep studying BridgeDB to write architectural overview
    Help with:
        - Open issues here
(https://github.com/jugheadjones10/anti-censorship-reading ) for
papers/resources/readings that you think might be useful for newcomers

arlolra: 2020-10-29

    Last week:


    Next week:

    - getting back up to speed

    - follow ups to #33365

    - start on #31201

    Help with:


dcf: 2020-11-05

    Last week:

    - reviewed broker firewall changes for Snowflake probetest

    Next week:

    - review broker metrics cache

    Help with:

Antonela: 2020-08-27

    This week:

    - Wrapping Babatunde's research on the use of circumvention tools
during internet censorship in Africa. Wrapping Personas for s30 with it.

    For september:

    - We are planning interviews with users in China to run our bridges
discovery issues script in real time. We discussed to include TBA +
snowflake as a task for users to run over a week or two and report back.


    - I still have bridges.tpo to lektor issue open

    - More work on UX/UI for TB 10.0/10.5

    - Review Salmon related tickets (im late with it!)


    Last week:

    -Made some good progress on understanding rdsys code (a lot of

    -Gather ideas for Pluggable Transports/HTTPT/Issues/#4

    Next week:

    -Continue work on rdsys ticket

    Help with:


hanneloresx: 2020-10-22

    Last week:

    - Took break to focus on work

    Next week:

    - #32117: Look at CAPTCHA success rate for users from the US across
different types of bridges

    Help with:


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:

HashikD: 2020-10-16

    This week:

    - Finished work on #19

    Next week:

    - Network checks

    Help with: -

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