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[liberationtech] Please help us promote Tor and online anonymity

Tom Zhang xzhang at
Thu May 26 12:02:48 PDT 2011

Thanks Marcia/Eva/Rainey!

This is a great initiative of EFF. I'll certainly participate, and promote
it as best as I can. I do have one question/comment, we know Tor is banned
in China and Tor bridges are partially banned as well (see, how
effectively would this Tor expansion initiative fare in China if China is to
more aggressively block Tor? I hope you can give us an analysis on this, if
the conclusion is optimistic, then it'll help the promotion of this
initiative hugely (otherwise my friend would say "why bother").

Best regards,

On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Marcia Hofmann <marcia at> wrote:

> Hi friends,
> The Electronic Frontier Foundation is about to roll out a campaign to
> encourage organizations and individuals to run Tor relays. As you know,
> Tor helps people maintain their anonymity online by masking their IP
> addresses. Individuals (like many bloggers in authoritarian regimes)
> need the Tor network to communicate safely. Unfortunately, the people
> who need Tor the most are often not in a position to run Tor relays and
> contribute to the Tor network. Those of us who care deeply about online
> anonymity can make a tangible impact by participating in the network.
> EFF is asking you to join us in helping to grow the Tor network. We hope
> that by working together as a movement, we can make a significant impact
> in the size of the Tor network -- and help people worldwide safeguard
> their online anonymity.
> To participate, just set up a Tor relay. All relays count, including
> exit nodes, bridges and middle nodes.  EFF has created an instructional
> video on setting up a Tor relay and we're updating our legal FAQ to
> provide a more detailed analysis about how U.S. law applies to Tor.
> Check out the video here:
> Those who participate in our challenge will be thanked on our social
> media accounts and promoted on our website. I'm emailing you now because
> we'd like to give the technology and free expression communities a head
> start. It's our hope that when we roll out this campaign next week, the
> initial participants will include the many individuals and organizations
> on this list who are working hard to defend anonymity -- giving EFF an
> opportunity to publicly promote your great work.
> Please don't hesitate to contact EFF activists Eva Galperin
> (eva at or Rainey Reitman (rainey at if you have any
> questions. Also, please do not promote this campaign publicly until we
> launch next week.
> Thanks!
> Marcia Hofmann, Senior Staff Attorney
> Electronic Frontier Foundation
> 454 Shotwell Street
> San Francisco, CA  94110
> tel: (415) 436-9333 x. 116 | fax: (415) 436-9993
> marcia at |
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