[RFC] Campaign »Buy/Sponsor a relay.«

Paul Menzel paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net
Wed Mar 10 10:26:00 UTC 2010

Dear Tor folks,

on the Tor start page [1] there is a message »Help us reach 5,000 relays
in 2010!«

On IRC arma discovered an offer by the British ISP Coldbot where you can
buy 1 Mb/s bandwidth for £9 per month [2].

Although it is quite pricey I find the idea very nice.

»I guess for people caring about privacy but not wanting/able to set up
a server themselves can now be told, you can pay 90 pounds a month [for
10 Mbps] and you will improve the connectivity of the Tor network.« [me
on IRC]

I suggested to contact ISPs for special rates, but arma and Sebastian
pointed out that only getting relays from one ISP would hurt Tor
security-wise. So different ISPs world-wide should be contacted.

So what do you think about this campaign?

I guess the first question is, have you ever been in this kind of
situation where people asked you on how to support the Tor project.

The second question is, is donating [3] working out quite well, i. e.
are a lot of people donating? Would a »Sponsor a relay.« campaign hurt
these fund raising efforts?



[1] http://www.torproject.org/
[2] http://coldbot.com/price/tor
[3] http://www.torproject.org/donate
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