[tor-talk] Thoughts on Tor-based social networking?

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Sun Oct 27 22:41:55 UTC 2013

On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 06:25:41PM -0400, Bill Cox wrote:
> I want to support free speech and other Internet freedoms, but
> unfortunately the world has lots of people who enjoy ruining it for
> everyone else.  Would it be possible to reduce the griefers by
> having a social network of Tor based secret identities?  If I could
> ding a griefer's reputation after he attacks my web site or trashes
> a meeting, that might discourage Tor-based griefing.  If I could
> specify OpenDNS-like settings for traffic I allow to be routed
> through my Tor node, I could get a lot of the illegal video sharing
> and porn off my router.  If I could specify that only people of a
> certain level of reputation can route data through my node, I'd feel
> better about the encrypted traffic I help route.
> This kind of idea has probably already been discussed at length...
> what was the outcome?

Hi Bill,

Check out
including my response at the end
for the latest version of this answer.

As for "Tor based secret identities that can accrue reputation",
check out Nymble:
(and there are several other research groups with similar ideas).

But nobody has deployed a Nymble-like service in a usable way, and also
it's not clear that it would solve the types of problems you describe.


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