[tor-talk] More and more websites block Tor, which will eventually become useless!

Martin Kepplinger martink at posteo.de
Mon Nov 11 07:05:26 UTC 2013

> …what I'm saying is: Tor could be much more than just a proxy tool, it 
> could be a public campaign—with all the “dirty work” your generic 
> public campaign has. (Well, it's not /that/ dirty, actually; it's funny 
> once you get involved.) Activism, PR, fundraising, education, etc. The 
> only reason this isn't done yet, I suppose, is that people who enjoy 
> programming web servers probably do not usually enjoy running campaigns 
> like the one I describe. Well, it could be a good idea then to find 
> human rights activists, all around the world, who know how to do it, 
> and collaborate. Support those harrassed for providing Tor access, make 
> it a matter of public debate, find sponsors, make journalists write 
> about it, engage volunteers. I feel a bit stupid saying this. Why don't 
> people work on it already? Maybe they do, and I'm just showing my 
> ignorance now?
> I run exit from home publicly and encourage others to do the same. I'm 
> convinced this is the only way Tor can survive in the long run: 
> together we stand, divided we fall. If someone reads this with “my 
> thoughts exactly” in their heads, please email me, we'll cook something 
> up soon. Or make a special topic in *tor-talk*. [Mailing lists make an 
> awful communication medium, though—I don't even understand who will see 
> this message and how to provide a discussion link for outsider. :-(]

I would love if we were at a point where running an exit from home is
seamless. I really think you're right and only one thing is missing to
get there: a critical mass doing it.

Unfortunately until then we have a chicken and egg problem for those
(like me) who don't want to waste too much time and effort but still
want to run an exit node. I don't like it but the only way is to buy a
seperate internet connection for it. Only that way I really know my exit
node is protected by law.

It doesn't help to get to a critical mass of people running an exit
because most people don't even know what server housing and that stuff
actually is.

Selling Routers with OpenWRT and Tor inside would maybe help.

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