[tor-talk] Better Privacy for Tor Node Operators

John Case case at SDF.LONESTAR.ORG
Thu Apr 28 15:17:09 UTC 2011

On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Curious Kid wrote:

>> Running a Tor node is an all or  nothing proposition - either you accept fully
>> the ramifications of a personal  identifier (no matter how flawed it is) being
>> tied to this subversive activity  FOR ALL TIME, or you don't.
> You don't need to run a node for your ISP to know that you are a Tor user. Even
> downloading Tor is enough to make a person suspect in some places.
> I witnessed an incident on the #tor IRC channel in which a user that had decided
> to operate a relay was looking for guidance on what kind of relay. Several
> people warned against it because of privacy the "privacy risks" involved. (This
> wasn't very long ago; maybe there is a log.) I got the feeling that the person
> then seriously reconsidered even bothering.
> I don't think that running a Tor node is considered a subversive activity in
> Democratic nations. I encourage anybody who can run a node to do so if they have
> resources to spare.

I don't think running a Tor node is _currently_ considered a subversive 
activity in democratic nations.  But the records last forever, or should 
be assumed to.

Go ask some Japanese people in California[1] how fast and profoundly 
"things change".

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese-American_internment

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