[tor-talk] Who runs the Tor Network? An Overview using MyFamily Data
nusenu at openmailbox.org
Fri Mar 20 22:07:45 UTC 2015
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currently we use globe  compass  or old school torstatus  to
get an overview of what relays are around and who might operate them.
None of these 'tools' provide an easy way to aggregate relay data to
have a look at the bigger picture (Who runs most of the tor network?).
I generated* a preliminary overview based on MyFamily data, that
should provide an overview of the big tor relay operators:
(Only the top 15 have names next to them because that was a manual task ;)
In the future that table might just be another compass checkbox saying
"Group by MyFamily" (or a static page generated once an hour).
Note: If you compare this with other overviews that uses contactInfo
to aggregate relays
you will notice some big operators are missing. That means that they
are not using MyFamily (properly).
Also because MyFamily is a cumbersome setting for relay operators
there might be misconfigurations** that result in multiple
Positive side effect: By using MyFamily to aggregate relays, I hope to
creating incentives for relay operators to actually configure MyFamily
on their relays. MyFamily avoids using multiple relays - operated by a
single entity - in a single tor client circuit.
Also, relay ops running many "smaller" relays hopefully will become
more visible (and receive more acknowledgments for their
If you are a relay operator yourself, you can easily check if you
configured your relays properly by entering any of your relay
fingerprints on https://compass.torproject.org (family field). If the
search result does not show all your relays then there is something
wrong with your MyFamily configuration.
"We still lack the "gamification" Relay Challenge website that Virgil
was talking about. It would just sum up all relays of a family, and
then it really does not matter any more."
*) basically compass -f in a loop has been used to generate that overview.
I also required at least two members in a Family - which is a bad idea
because you will "loose" single big relays like IPredator - this will
**) This should become less of a problem for relay ops with tools like
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