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[liberationtech] Torservers awarded $250, 000 by Digital Defenders

Moritz Bartl moritz at
Mon Dec 16 07:57:46 PST 2013

On 12/13/2013 01:57 AM, Christian wrote:
> Call for organizations
> To strengthen the Tor network and prevent attackers, it is crucial to
> spread operation across as many groups as possible. Thanks to the
> Digital Defenders, can now extend its work and help less
> technical organizations with the setup and maintenance of Tor services.
> The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is the first civil
> society organization to join the Torservers program with its Cyber Arabs
> group. This collaboration allows Cyber Arabs to give stable and working
> Tor access to activists and journalists in the Arab world. If you are
> part of an organization interested in supporting Tor, please contact
> They have various options available, and are happy to
> teach tech staff and journalists.

I want to stress this part of the announcement: We really want to avoid
having organizations run both high bandwidth exit relays and a larger
number of Tor bridges: An operator should not see both traffic entering
the Tor network and traffic leaving the Tor network.

For this, we need more organizations. Organizations are expected to rent
servers, either with their favorite ISP or with an ISP that we
recommend. Thanks to Digital Defenders, we can cover the costs and help
with the setup and ongoing maintenance. This is for bridge relays, so
organizations will help people behind strong censorship that cannot use
Tor directly, and there will be zero abuse.

Please forward this to any organization that you think would be
interested in a partnership.

Moritz Bartl

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