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Tor Internet Freedom 





Project Background

    The popularity of the Internet throughout the last two decades has enabled the free spread of information and culture unlike anything previously known to humanity. The ability for anyone to participate in the Internet promotes the growth of human knowledge and culture. The freedom to publish information and offer services is a central reason that the Internet plays such an important role in society today. Unfortunately, this freedom is threatened by censorship demanded by governments and ISPs. Without the ability to freely host information, Internet culture is stifled.
    To restore Internet freedom to those who need it most, a project called Tor has published an easy-to-download piece of software that allows anonymous web browsing and hosting. With Tor it is no longer possible for single governments or ISPs to block Internet users' access to websites; web traffic is routed through a series of computers such that it cannot be traced back to a specific user, and censors cannot tell where the traffic is actually going. The number of anonymous users on Tor has since been growing exponentially, and more and more hidden, or "Tor-only," services are becoming available on the free Internet.

Jordan's Role In The Project

Together Kelsey and I developed and brainstormed many projects involving Internet freedom technologies like Bitcoin, Torrent, Tor and the Silkroad. To help make this piece, I found out how to setup a hidden service and use the "Like" button from the Tor browser. I helped develop what content should be on our pages and how the idea of trading anonymity for Facebook publicity should be presented to visitors.

See Kelsey's wiki page here.

Project Description

    We originally looked to investigate the implications of total anonymity and freedom on the Internet. Tor not only allows the free circulation of leaked documents and prevents countries like China and Egypt from blocking certain sites, but also facilitates crime network communication, prostitution and drug trade. Are the "good" parts of Internet freedom worth the existence of the "dark web"? How many Tor users truly care about Internet freedom, as opposed to using it solely for accessing the "dark web"? Are people willing to publicize their use of Tor, or does anonymity always mean secrecy?
    The main landing page for the Tor browser is a Wikipedia look-alike called the "Hidden Wiki."  On the "Tor" topic page of the Hidden Wiki, we posted a link to a .onion site which allows Tor users to "Like" on Facebook our public-facing site that promotes Tor Internet Freedom. Clicking the "Like" button will publish a link to this site, hosted on Tumblr, to your Facebook feed.  The promotion of Tor on such a massive public site like Facebook will help the masses adopt and develop a more free Internet.  However, clicking the "Like" button requires the user to log into his or her Facebook profile while on Tor. Logging into Facebook while connected to the Tor service throws away the anonymity that the service previously provided because any traffic will now be associated with the user's Facebook login. Our project asks visitors to consider to what extent they are willing to trade their anonymity for the good of the free Internet. Who will publish Tor to their feed?  Is Internet freedom important to most Tor users, or is it just a tool that many users have to access certain information selectively?
     Over the next couple of months, we hope to see a growth in the number of "Likes" and are curious to see whether the official Tor project will have any response to our linking of Facebook through a hidden service.

    To what extent are we defeating the point of anonymity and Tor? And to what extent will Tor be the future of Internet freedom?





The Project Tor homepage, from which the Tor Browser Bundle can be downloaded.

The Hidden Wiki page topic on Tor with our addition in the contents section.


The Hidden Wiki page section that details and links to our .onion site.





The landing page available at torinternetfreedom.tumblr.com.


The message visible after scrolling for more information.


The .onion site only available when accessed via Tor.


How To Access The Project

The Tor Browser bundle necessary for navigating hidden services may be downloaded at torproject.org.
The Facebook "Like" Button webpage may be found at pqqjs37nuchru2og.onion, accessed via the Tor Browser.
An Internet version of the Facebook "Like" Button page (with the button blocked) may be found at pqqjs37nuchru2og.onion.to.
The page published to Facebook after a "Like" may be found at torinternetfreedom.tumblr.com.
The Hidden Wiki may be accessed at kpvz7ki2v5agwt35.onion.


The "Like" as seen on a Facebook profile.


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