Colloquia - Roger Dingledine/The Tor Project, "Tor and the Censorship Arms Race: Lessons Learned," ACES 2.402

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Lindy Aleshire
ACES 2.402
Oct 29, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Type of Talk: Colloquium

Speaker/Affiliation: The Tor Project

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, and Outside Interested Parties

Date/Time: 10/29/2012, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: ACES 2.402

Host:  Vitaly Shmatikov & CIAS

Talk Title: "Tor and the Censorship Arms Race: Lessons Learned"

Talk Abstract: Tor is a free-software anonymizing network that helps people around the world use the Internet in safety. Tor's 3000 volunteer relays carry traffic for upwards of half a million daily users, including ordinary citizens who want protection from identity theft and prying corporations, corporations who want to look at a competitor's website in private, people around the world whose Internet connections are censored, and even governments and law enforcement.

Through the Iranian elections in June 2009, the periodic blockings in Iran and China, the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, and whatever's coming next, we're learning a lot about how censorship circumvention tools work in reality for activists in tough situations. This talk will start with a brief overview of the Tor design and its diverse users, and then jump into the technical and social problems we're encountering, what technical approaches we've tried so far (and how they went), and what approaches Roger Dingledine thinks we're going to need to try next.

Speaker Bio: Roger Dingledine is project leader, director, and head of research for The Tor Project. In addition to all the hats he wears for Tor, Roger organizes academic conferences on anonymity, speaks at a wide variety of industry and hacker conferences, and also does tutorials on anonymity for national and foreign law enforcement.