Tor blog: “Anonymity on the Internet is not going away.”

by on November 8, 2008 · 12 comments

Great post over on the Tor blog about how “anonymity on the Internet is not going away.” This is a subject I care about deeply. Here, for example, is an essay I wrote about mandatory age verification and the threat it poses to online anonymity.  I love this paragraph from the Tor essay, and agree with it wholeheartedly:

Anonymity is a defense against the tyranny of the majority. There are many, many valid uses of anonymity tools, such as Tor. The belief that anonymous tools exist only for the edges of societies is narrow-minded. The tools exist and are used by all. Much like the Internet, the tools can be used for good or bad. The negative uses of such tools typically generate huge headlines, but not the positive uses. Raising the profile of the positive uses of anonymity tools, such as Tor, is one of our challenges.

Amen brother.

  • http://www.blurringborders.com kdonovan11

    Thanks for pointing to that. I often have trouble giving concrete examples of the validity of Tor, but this will help a lot.

  • eee_eff

    Note that TOR is free software, not distributed under the GPL 3.0 (ideal) but still under the very good BSD license.

    Also, note that TOR is managed by a 501(c) (3) not for profit.

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  • williams

    Leader in providing content to mobile phone users WORLDWIDE. ROKE is set to take off. See for yourself at http://www.icoft.com/roke.html

  • http://www.fastipchecking.com Ip Check

    Yeah, its hard to mask everything. Anonymity is easier for people who understand IT.

  • http://www.fastipchecking.com Ip Check

    Yeah, its hard to mask everything. Anonymity is easier for people who understand IT.

  • http://www.fastipchecking.com Ip Check

    Yeah, its hard to mask everything. Anonymity is easier for people who understand IT.

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