[tor-talk] Putting the "Tor" back in Torrent
Random Tor Node Operator
tor at unterderbruecke.de
Fri Jul 11 22:06:04 UTC 2014
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On 07/11/2014 11:12 PM, Helder Ribeiro wrote:
> 4. Make the Popcorn Time fork also **be a relay by default*
> whenever possible**.
> Nobody would agree to do this on the main tor software for a
> thousand reasons, but it's an *app* and you can decide to do that
> in it independently. If you're going to add a lot of load to the
> network, you have to give back.
There are at least 2 problems with many "make users a relay by
1. Some overzealous website administrators blacklist all Tor relay
IPs, even non-exits. 
This might cause lots of frustration in users when they realize that
some sites lock them out because they used to be running a Tor relay
for some time on their IP. Right now, that type of problem is limited
to very few cases where relay IPs are used for non-Tor purposes as well.
2. Currently, the time constant of the Tor system to pick up a new
relay is way bigger than the time of a typical Bittorrent session
(This is a handwaving guesstimate of mine).
So the effect of contributing to Tor that way would in most cases be
One could think of a way to have Tor use something like "short-lived
relays", which are perhaps propagated through a DHT instead of the
regular consensus system. On the one hand, that would make "giving
something back to the network" a whole lot easier. On the other hand,
I can hardly estimate what the security and anonymity implications of
that would look like.
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