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Title: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on September 08, 2010, 04:23:20 PM
Hi!

Since I have announced that www.torservers.net accepts Bitcoin in the "We accept Bitcoin" thread, I have already received over 200 Euro worth of Bitcoin! I want to use this thread to thank all those who have donated, and to apologize for not yet having added these donations to our list of donations page. I want to revamp the page to give a better chronological view of donations, and rest assured that all your donations will be listed there once I manage to find enough time. I will be on vacation the rest of September, so don't expect this to happen earlier than October. Sorry! Check the twitter feed @torservers (http://twitter.com/torservers) to keep everyone up to date on donations.

I also want to use this to properly introduce Torservers. Torservers is a project I started some months ago. The idea behind it is to support the Tor project with operational services. What does that mean?

The Tor software is in development for 10 years now, open source, and 'simply the best'. It is a research oriented project that aims to provide free, anonymous and uncensored Internet access to anyone who needs it. More and more countries are censoring and monitoring Internet access, and journalists, activists and bloggers risk their lives (or lose it...) to get information out (and in). Tor makes it very hard, if not impossible for a single government, to block and monitor user activity. While they do excellent work, they cannot as official project run servers that run the Tor software. That's where we step in.

What we do at Torservers is maintain high bandwidth Tor exit nodes, deal with the technical issues - and especially the legal issues. Before we came, about 25% of all Tor traffic exited through one network (Blutmagie in Germany), and we wanted to change that. So what we are trying to do is bring together people who love the idea and want to support the network, but don't know how to run their own exit nodes, or don't want to do it for legal reasons.

100% of your donations go into operational costs of Tor exit nodes and bridges. Every user of Tor will benefit from more servers - more anonymity and more speed. We are the first instance who are able to provide private bridge IPs to activists/organizations.

This model seems to work very well, and I am in the process of registering a proper foundation (a German "Verein") to back this up. We don't do this for the money, I will pay for the foundation myself, but - besides donations of course - I can use your help in getting the word out, talking to people to make them aware of the problem of censorship (say China, Burma, Iran, Irak, Saudi Arabia, Tunesia, Russia, etc...!), and to spread the idea behind Tor. It would be awesome to find companies and organizations who love the idea and want to sponsor a node. Tor has 50000 daily users from China alone! For me, getting information to and from people in oppressed countries is among the most important tasks of our civilization.

If you have any questions, let me know!

http://www.torservers.net/

If you want to know more about the Tor project in general, check their page at http://www.torproject.org/


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: The Madhatter on September 09, 2010, 02:15:23 AM
Thank you for all of your efforts. They make a big difference. :)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: BioMike on September 17, 2010, 05:52:57 AM
Voted with my wallet.dat.  ;D

10 btc

Keep up doing the good work.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: em3rgentOrdr on September 17, 2010, 09:02:42 AM
100% of your donations go into operational costs of Tor exit nodes and bridges. Every user of Tor will benefit from more servers - more anonymity and more speed. We are the first instance who are able to provide private bridge IPs to activists/organizations.

I have donated to you in the past and appreciate what torservers.net does for freedom, as I am a user and advocate of TOR.  My question is, how do I know for sure that 100% of my donations go to operational costs of the Tor exit nodes and bridges, other than your word?  It is nice that you post the Overall Exit Node Traffic and Statistics for each node.  I'm wondering if there would be any way to verify the operation costs and veracity of the nodes without compromising the anonymity of your nodes?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: BioMike on September 17, 2010, 02:14:22 PM
From the website they say that the organisation will form a foundation.

I don't know by German law, but here in the Netherlands foundations have often the requirement to publish the finances to its members and/or chamber of commerce (where they can be requested from again).


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on October 03, 2010, 09:39:05 PM
Thanks. Yes, we will start a foundation for it. I am sorry that I haven't been all good about publishing each single donation and the costs more clearly on the website yet, but this will definitely happen. The current cost is $201 every month for the 100tb.com server, as you can also see on their website. The rest of the costs (hosting, domain name, etc) are not included as I'm covering for them. I will eventually add them to the list of expenses and at the same time add that money as donations from me to make it all transparent.

Especially for Bitcoin donations I'm behind publishing, sorry! The time I can spend on Torservers is limited, and so far most of time went into answering abuse and setting it all up. I'm still not happy with the setup as we should push more than the current amount of data, and that's my priority right now.

If you want to stay up to date, you are invited to join our mailinglist (very low volume) or follow us on twitter @torservers :)

Thanks for your faith! I will be speaking on a conference in Dresden in two weeks, if you happen to be German, feel free to come by!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: BioMike on October 03, 2010, 09:50:33 PM
I think answering abuse is also important. Just one question out of curiosity. How much bitcoins are you getting in your wallet? Doesn't need to be accurate, just an estimate. How does this reflect overall donations?

B.t.w. How many people are administrating the servers/foundation?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on October 04, 2010, 11:41:12 AM
As an estimate, I think I have received roughly 5000 BTC.

At the moment, the three servers are administrated by myself. I have several people who offer to help with this, but I want to get the foundation in place and "contracts" for administrators. The group of administrators will be close friends of mine to make sure I can rely on them. Ideally, in the future the foundation will be managed by people who don't have access to any of the servers, which makes the process more transparent once they are contacted to help with "more serious cases of abuse".

We will automate and document the process of administration and installation of Tor nodes. For me, one of the most important aspects is to publish everything, so that other people can benefit from our experience. The number of abuse cases for most Tor exits today is unknown, and to have definite numbers (in combination with the throughput) published, and have some scripts to help with that, can be very helpful to both researchers and node operators.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: BioMike on October 04, 2010, 03:20:46 PM
Thank you for the explanation. Wow, 5000-ish btc. That is more than I expected (about 20x more, based on nothing).


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on October 21, 2010, 02:53:37 AM
Yes, I am very proud of the Bitcoin community to support this project with that amount!

Just a quick update: Sorry, I haven't yet found the time to work on listing the donations properly. Bear with me! I am working on this alone at the moment, and have been busy talking to people about getting the association registered, and my number one priority was to get the Tor nodes working (which turned out to be harder than I thought). There's a lot going on behind the scenes in regard to monitoring etc, I want to put it all on the site once it's done. If you want to help out with anything, let me know (my jabber nick, email etc is on the contact page).

I am also proud to be able to announce that we have tweaked our major server to finally reach an average of 320 MBit/s of Tor traffic as you can see from its stat at http://us1.torservers.net/ . That's exactly what the current plan is covering, and with the most famous and stable exit node "blutmagie" ceasing operation in 2011, it looks like we 'hit the market' just at the right moment.

If you want to meet and missed the event in Dresden, I will be at the Netzpolitische Kongress in Berlin from 12-13th November.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: kiba on October 21, 2010, 03:04:34 AM
That's 485 dollars worth of bitcoins! Wow!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on October 21, 2010, 03:37:08 AM
I traded 4000 BTC for 206 Euro at bitcoinexchange as soon as I got them in early September.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Anonymous on October 21, 2010, 03:41:42 AM
I sent out a donation request on twitter :)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on October 21, 2010, 08:58:55 AM
Mr "torservers",

Since you're into providing means for anonymous communications, what do you think about providing Anomos trackers?
If you don't know about the Anomos project: http://anomos.info/

I know many people use bittorrent over Tor, and that's not good for the network. The anomos project is a good alternative to the problem, if at least it had trackers!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on October 27, 2010, 10:05:14 AM
@noagendamarket Thanks! :)

@caveden: At the moment I don't want to provide filesharing trackers, sorry.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on November 09, 2010, 09:04:36 AM
Good idea. Will do it with the next update.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 06, 2011, 01:22:05 PM
Hi!

We are still alive and kicking! If you're interested in our progress, check out my twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/torservers or the mailing list archive at http://www.freelists.org/archive/torservers/ .

The financial authorities should accept us as a charitable non-profit organization soon, we have been donated one 100 mbit/s and two 40mbit/s servers by ISPs, we have found someone who donates the incredible amount of 100€ monthly, and we're heavily working on finding a really good partner for Tor exit node hosting - which isn't as easy as it seems, we want to get good bandwidth (500 Mbit/s to a Gbit), and that cheap, and most ISPs reject Tor on their network :(

We are still happy to accept Bitcoin donations of course! At the moment I have ~1000 BTC, and in September as you know I sold 2000 BTC for 100 Euro. If only I had kept it! A Bitcoin address to donate is listed at http://www.torservers.net/donate.html#anonymous .

If you want to know anything else, I'm happy to chat about it. My Jabber details are on the site.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: bitanarchy on February 06, 2011, 02:05:11 PM
Wouldn't it be much better if some form of tor would be invented that supports paying for the service on a usage basis?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 06, 2011, 02:26:35 PM
You can see the number of our servers at http://www.torservers.net/services.html#servers

@bitanarchy: See https://blog.torproject.org/blog/two-incentive-designs-tor for some discussion on that. You really don't want to turn the Tor network into a capitalist system, especially when those affected by censorship are usually the people without money. We at torservers think that it is a great way for everyone who has money to support those that don't. We do not use Tor ourselves, because we live in western societies that already protects most of the properties we want to provide for everyone (protection of free speech etc).


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on February 06, 2011, 02:31:32 PM
Wouldn't it be much better if some form of tor would be invented that supports paying for the service on a usage basis?

I already thought about it, but it's hard to implement I guess.
You can't just embed bitcoin transactions on each data packets. That would be a huge overhead for both networks.

There should be some sort of contract. Like, you pay a certain amount (the relay may specify how much) and the relay grants you a key that you would use to sign each packet. The transfer should cover a good amount of data to be transfered before you have to pay again.

There, you have some problems:
  • The anonymity would be somehow compromised since the relay would be able to link different connections of yours. He still shouldn't be able to decrypt it if he's not the exit-node, nor know your IP, but anyway, sounds a bit more vulnerable than the current protocol...
  • There's a trust issue too. If it's a prepaid contract, the user has to trust the relay. If it's post-payed, it's the relay that must trust the user. Maybe the best would be a prepaid service with some sort of flagging mechanism to ban fraudulent relays. But then, all the thief-relay needs to do is request a new IP to his ISP...


But anyway, if somebody finds a way to implement a payable tor service that would probably have lots of bandwidth since most people don't use all their bandwidth all the time and would be happy to earn a few bitcents from it.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on February 06, 2011, 02:36:54 PM
You really don't want to turn the Tor network into a capitalist system,

Why not?

especially when those affected by censorship are usually the people without money.

Those who are willing to freely donate their bandwidth wouldn't need to stop doing so.
Allowing people to exchange bandwidth for money would just create a faster, payable version of the Tor network.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: kldunc on February 06, 2011, 04:21:26 PM
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There, you have some problems:

    * The anonymity would be somehow compromised since the relay would be able to link different connections of yours. He still shouldn't be able to decrypt it if he's not the exit-node, nor know your IP, but anyway, sounds a bit more vulnerable than the current protocol...
    * There's a trust issue too. If it's a prepaid contract, the user has to trust the relay. If it's post-payed, it's the relay that must trust the user. Maybe the best would be a prepaid service with some sort of flagging mechanism to ban fraudulent relays. But then, all the thief-relay needs to do is request a new IP to his ISP...

There is also the problem that each relay will want to be paid. This would add up rather quickly and become burdensome to those who can't afford it. Just because you can't afford it doesn't mean you shouldn't have freedom.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: grondilu on February 06, 2011, 05:12:51 PM

I do think that a capitalistic TOR network would be quite a good business model.

BAsically all nodes could receive bitcoins depending on the bandwith they provide.  If they provided less than some amount, then they have to pay in order to use the network.

I don't know well enough how TOR wroks, but to me the very fact that there is a single point for donations is a problem for something which is supposed to be deregulated.




Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on February 06, 2011, 05:27:12 PM
There is no single point of donation, but still, monetary rewards would really create stronger incentives for people to make their bandwidth available. And I think it's feasible with bitcoins.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: grondilu on February 06, 2011, 05:33:42 PM
There is no single point of donation, but still, monetary rewards would really create stronger incentives for people to make their bandwidth available. And I think it's feasible with bitcoins.

On second thought, I'm not sure it's that a good idea.

First, it would be tricky to implement.  I don't say it's not possible, but I guess it would be an entire project.

Second, bandwith is actually some kind of "money" which is exchanged on the TOR network.  Basically the incentive to give their bandwith would be some bandwith.  I mean that you give some bandwith and you get some bandwith on the TOR network.  Well, sort of.  But again I don't know well enough how TOR works, so I can't discuss seriously about it.

Anyway I don't like the idea of paying to use TOR.  We already pay internet providers.  It's kind of a double bill.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: theymos on February 06, 2011, 05:37:00 PM
JAP supports paying for Tor-like service (not yet with bitcoins, though):
http://anonymous-proxy-servers.net/

It uses onion routing like Tor, but you have to pay to use certain relays. All relays are contractually obligated not to attack your anonymity, so you also have more protection against certain "evil node" attacks.

Even the free "mixes" are often much faster than Tor.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on February 06, 2011, 05:50:35 PM
First, it would be tricky to implement.  I don't say it's not possible, but I guess it would be an entire project.

Yeah, probably.

Second, bandwith is actually some kind of "money" which is exchanged on the TOR network.  Basically the incentive to give their bandwith would be some bandwith. 

Sure, but that's already a sort of credit system. You'd have the same tricky aspects to implement it. Why not use a general purpose money instead of a exclusive thing?
Like, those that just want to consume bandwidth instead of giving it could pay with something else, and those willing to provide more bandwidth than consuming would be able to exchange this excess for something else too. It's better this way.

Anyway I don't like the idea of paying to use TOR.  We already pay internet providers.  It's kind of a double bill.

hehe, I don't like the idea of paying for anything, I always prefer "free stuff", but you know, there's no such thing as free lunch. ;)

But think, you would pay and be payed at the same time. The balance it's a matter of how much bandwidth you contribute and how much you consume.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: grondilu on February 06, 2011, 07:03:03 PM
hehe, I don't like the idea of paying for anything, I always prefer "free stuff", but you know, there's no such thing as free lunch. ;)

Hum, I don't think it's that simple.  I'd be very unhappy if I had to pay for email, for instance.

The thing is that I think anonimity should be part of Internet provider service.  They are legally forced to montitor and log all IPs they assign.  So with TOR you would pay to counter the law.  I hate this idea.   If I must pay for something that would be free without a stupid law, then I'll go broke very quickly.   Writing a stupid law doesn't cost much.  And if it does cost, you'l finance it by stealing people anyway.  I can't fight against that with money.  Fighting against laws should be free.




Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: kldunc on February 07, 2011, 03:39:58 AM
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That's why I'd have no problem paying for TOR to fight the stupid law to counteract my forced funding of the stupid law.

There are other pay versions of Tor available.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: lumos on February 07, 2011, 01:15:58 PM



The thing is that I think anonimity should be part of Internet provider service.  They are legally forced to montitor and log all IPs they assign.  So with TOR you would pay to counter the law.  I hate this idea.   If I must pay for something that would be free without a stupid law, then I'll go broke very quickly.   Writing a stupid law doesn't cost much.  And if it does cost, you'l finance it by stealing people anyway.  I can't fight against that with money.  Fighting against laws should be free.



+1
many people simply don't view an uncensored net as a fundamental freedom and will let it slip away if it is not made easily available to them. people won't be exposed to content, mass movements will not spontaneously occur as often


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 10, 2011, 08:42:30 AM
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That's why I'd have no problem paying for TOR to fight the stupid law to counteract my forced funding of the stupid law.

There are other pay versions of Tor available.

There is NO "pay version of Tor". You can use JAP and pay for higher bandwidth, yes, but it has a different design and thus different anonymity properties.

I especially like that Tor is free for everyone. If you want a faster net, donate towards us or share your own bandwidth. You can also donate to Torproject for development. The roadmap includes discussion of "incentives": https://blog.torproject.org/blog/two-incentive-designs-tor


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 10, 2011, 10:27:02 AM
In case anyone is interested, the German magazine Carta has published an interview with me (http://carta.info/37973/wie-umgeht-man-zensur-moritz-bartl-momentan-findet-ein-wettruesten-statt/).


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: ptd on February 10, 2011, 11:44:50 AM
It says on your donation page that if we donate enough, we get to have a relay named after us. Can we have one named "bitcoin" or something?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 10, 2011, 08:56:58 PM
Sure :) But how do you want to ensure a 'constant stream' of Bitcoin donations?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 13, 2011, 03:42:09 PM
Thank you for your donation! KalyHost looks fine for a small exit, but I am a bit suspicious when it comes to cheap VPS with "unlimited" traffic on a "fair use" basis. I have contacted them to find out more.

What we are trying to do is buy bandwidth in bulk for very cheap prices. Please follow the discussion the mailing list: http://www.freelists.org/archive/torservers/02-2011 . I really want to spend all donations for the best deal I can get, because in the end that is what I promise to do.

If you want to chat about this and hear about the obstacles when it comes to finding good partners for high bandwidth exits, join us on IRC oftc.net #torservers :)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: maxvendor on February 13, 2011, 11:11:41 PM
Sure :) But how do you want to ensure a 'constant stream' of Bitcoin donations?

I have an idea how to get an endless supply of donations. Sent it to your privacybox


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on March 13, 2011, 11:49:24 AM
It's been a while since the last update. Sorry, but I like being busy on
actually doing stuff instead of writing reports. ;-) It would be nice to
have someone go through our mailing list archive and Twitter feed, pick
all important events and put them into a timeline on our Wiki (and post
it once a month to our mailinglist and this forum?).

This is a request for comments/action (and mostly copied from our
Twitter feed). If you want to help, pick something from our TODO, talk
to us on IRC, do something you feel is appropriate. :)

https://www.torservers.net/wiki/todo

- Meet local Tor fans. Organize workshops etc.
 https://www.torservers.net/wiki/usergroups

- Who/What should we dedicate exits to? Suggest names:
 https://www.torservers.net/wiki/exitnames

ISPs for Bridge Hosting: Still looking for ISPs. Some now listed on
 https://www.torservers.net/wiki/hoster/bridges#isps

Free Expression Awards 2011: Tor Project nominated by Index on
Censorship: http://bit.ly/hyAcVb

We run a (working) Torproject mirror now:
 https://www.torservers.net/mirrors/torproject.org/

Phantom released http://code.google.com/p/phantom/
http://www.magnusbrading.com/phantom/

Help us get slashdotted, vote (req required):
 http://news.slashdot.org/submission/1492872/
Vote on Boingboing (reg not required):
 
http://boingboing.net/submit/2011/03/onions-against-dicators---torserversnet-receives-10000-grant-from-access-now.html

New 1 Gbit/s Romanian exit thanks to funding from Access now! -
dedicated to victims of Mau Mau Uprising in #Kenya, David Kato from
#Uganda and Evo Morales from #Bolivia http://bit.ly/hPkEk4
http://maumau.torservers.net/vnstat.png
http://maumau.torservers.net/vnstat_d.png

Onions Against Dictators - Torservers.net receives $10,000 grant from
Access Now https://www.torservers.net/wiki/press
( Mit Zwiebeln gegen Diktatoren - Torservers erhält 10.000 Dollar
Förderung https://www.torservers.net/wiki/presse )

Meet me at #rp11 13-15.4. #Berlin http://re-publica.de/11/
Meet me at #tazlab 8-9.4. #Berlin http://bit.ly/ihOWo

Torproject's website lists a LOT of ideas for potential projects
http://bit.ly/eECpVY

#Excito's B3 router will include Tor by default http://bit.ly/hesemc
Thanks Håke

FDC Server online.
http://katari.torservers.net/vnstat.png
http://katari.torservers.net/vnstat_d.png

Help us hit the Top 10 on Flattr: https://flattr.com/thing/5649
(currently: #16)

Flattr revenue Feb: 93.44€

Guardian Project looking for beta testers for Android XMPP client with
true OTR+Tor support http://bit.ly/eVbIZK

Working on Zabbix for monitoring and graphs:
 https://www.torservers.net/wiki/setup/zabbix

Secure Mailserver: Remove IP from Outgoing Mails in Postfix
 https://www.torservers.net/wiki/setup/mailserver


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: carp on March 13, 2011, 03:23:28 PM
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That's why I'd have no problem paying for TOR to fight the stupid law to counteract my forced funding of the stupid law.

There are other pay versions of Tor available.

There is NO "pay version of Tor". You can use JAP and pay for higher bandwidth, yes, but it has a different design and thus different anonymity properties.

I especially like that Tor is free for everyone. If you want a faster net, donate towards us or share your own bandwidth. You can also donate to Torproject for development. The roadmap includes discussion of "incentives": https://blog.torproject.org/blog/two-incentive-designs-tor

I am with you on the sentiment but, I have heard statements about botnets running OR nodes to create a dark Onion cloud. I wouldn't be surprised if someone is selling access to the directory servers of such a cloud, and that would, effectively be a "pay version of tor".

Man, can you imagine... 10's of thousands of nodes.... hmmm and all of them exits too....



Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on April 17, 2011, 06:17:51 PM
We are now the fastest operator of Tor exit nodes worldwide, thanks to your donations! :)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on May 22, 2011, 12:15:27 PM
All our Tor exit nodes allow port 8333. You can find the servers at http://torstatus.blutmagie.de/index.php?SR=Bandwidth&SO=Desc (look for addresses ending in .torservers.net).

We have a total of 1200.13 BTC at the moment. Thanks!!

Bitcoin address at https://www.torservers.net/donate.html#anonymous


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Nefario on May 22, 2011, 01:34:48 PM
All our Tor exit nodes allow port 8333. You can find the servers at http://torstatus.blutmagie.de/index.php?SR=Bandwidth&SO=Desc (look for addresses ending in .torservers.net).

We have a total of 1200.13 BTC at the moment. Thanks!!

Bitcoin address at https://www.torservers.net/donate.html#anonymous

Wow that's worth alot now.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on October 20, 2011, 05:31:44 AM
We still accept Bitcoin donations (and we're sitting on a large number of them). In case you lost hope, we will gladly accept the coins.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on January 10, 2012, 12:59:42 PM
Sorry, I don't want to spam you, but I want to reach out to all BTC donators, especially the one who left a message in our PrivacyBox, promising a lot of Bitcoins weekly. So far, this seems to be true, and we have turned over 700 coins into money and then into Tor exit servers thanks to you! I want to make sure you all know we appreciate your confidence into us!

We're going strong, pumping around 1500 MBit/s of Tor exit traffic for all those in need of anonymity on the net.

In case you missed it, we're an official charitable German non-profit now!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: slush on January 10, 2012, 01:14:04 PM
Moritz, I really appreciate what you're doing for the Tor network and freedom of speech generally. I'm following you for years and I want encourage other Bitcoin members to support torservers by at least small donation, because they're doing  good job!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Red Emerald on January 10, 2012, 11:51:26 PM
I think tor is great and have been playing with it for years.

I'm assuming you run a bitcoin client rather than using a web wallet. If that is the case, you should consider setting up a tor hidden service.  Right now I believe the only two hidden services online are run by me.

It's really easy to do. I'm sure you already know how considering the number of nodes you run.  Just in case though, all you have to do is add 2 lines to your torrc.

Code:
HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_coin/
HiddenServicePort 8333 127.0.0.1:8333

The list is of nodes is at https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Fallback_Nodes#Tor_nodes, but like I said, mine are the only 2 that seem to be online.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on January 11, 2012, 02:57:21 AM
Great idea.

Code:
sjdntqu5roj4q6lo.onion


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Red Emerald on January 11, 2012, 06:28:48 PM
Great idea.

Code:
sjdntqu5roj4q6lo.onion

Awesome. It works!

Code:
$ bitcoind getinfo
{
    "version" : 50000,
    "balance" : 0,
    "blocks" : 161736,
    "connections" : 3,
    "proxy" : "127.0.0.1:9050",


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: finway on January 11, 2012, 06:29:48 PM
Mark.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on February 11, 2012, 10:29:57 PM
As you might have read in the news, Iran is blocking all encrypted (SSL/HTTPS) traffic. We've been able to set up obfuscated proxies for Tor bridges on two of our Gbit servers. Tor usually sees hundreds of thousands of Iran users (2nd largest user group!), but I am proud that today over 150 Iranians found their way through our servers. Thank you! Without your donations, this would not be possible!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on June 06, 2012, 06:52:53 PM
I can only repeat what I've said before: THANK YOU! Without your donations, we would not be where we are today. I am still making sure that everything goes into fast Tor exits for all of the world to benefit.

Cheers!!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Red Emerald on June 06, 2012, 11:44:31 PM
So the newest next-test from luke-jr has a bunch of code in it for Tor hidden services.  I updated my server with it and now I have this in my conf

Code:
proxy=127.0.0.1:9050
externalip=p2hwc26zdsrqxiix.onion
listen=1
discover=1

You can also do addnode or connect directly to .onion instead of having to add a bunch of mapaddress lines to your torrc.  It's been working well for me.  36 connections right now.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on June 07, 2012, 07:26:21 AM
Red Emerald, you mean that with this patch bitcoin clients are able to send their .onion (or eventually another darknet) URL to other bitcoin nodes in the discovery process?
The bitcoin network may now operate inside a darknet if everybody wants to?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Red Emerald on June 07, 2012, 05:57:50 PM
Red Emerald, you mean that with this patch bitcoin clients are able to send their .onion (or eventually another darknet) URL to other bitcoin nodes in the discovery process?
The bitcoin network may now operate inside a darknet if everybody wants to?
Yup.  No need to require everybody, though. Just a few people (like me and you) need nodes that connect Torland to the Internet.  My node is setup to talk to both networks.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on June 10, 2012, 05:26:11 PM
Proud to announce a new 100mbit/s exit in SWEDEN:

https://torstatus.blutmagie.de/router_detail.php?FP=8543536f43e4dfd33bfe89204c315515d4de8b01

We will soon upgrade it to 1 Gbit/s.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: caveden on June 11, 2012, 07:13:16 AM
Yup.  No need to require everybody, though. Just a few people (like me and you) need nodes that connect Torland to the Internet.  My node is setup to talk to both networks.

I understand that's not needed to.
But this is great news. I've always thought that running bitcoin behind Tor should be a "recommended practice", pretty much like using different address for each transaction. The only problem was that the more people following such practice, the less listening nodes we'd get.
Not a problem anymore with this patch you talk about.

I hope this patched is merged in the main version soon. :)

By the way, I've never created a Tor hidden service. Is is something simple? And by simple, I mean something that an average computer user could do, like, is there a wizard install and all? If you have to go though text files, most people would just give up.
If there's such a thing, it would be a good idea to start releasing a bitcoin+Tor* bundle that configures everything and launches your bitcoin already behind a hidden service.

* I say Tor but I guess it could be I2P too... whichever is easier.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: rapeghost on June 11, 2012, 01:51:23 PM
Sounds like a great way to pay to have the government sniff you

</ troll>


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Red Emerald on June 11, 2012, 03:36:20 PM
By the way, I've never created a Tor hidden service. Is is something simple? And by simple, I mean something that an average computer user could do, like, is there a wizard install and all? If you have to go though text files, most people would just give up.
If there's such a thing, it would be a good idea to start releasing a bitcoin+Tor* bundle that configures everything and launches your bitcoin already behind a hidden service.

* I say Tor but I guess it could be I2P too... whichever is easier.
No wizards.  All you do is add 2 lines to your torrc and you have a hidden service.

Code:
HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_coin/
HiddenServicePort 8333 127.0.0.1:8333

Then you reload Tor, and 'cat /var/lib/tor/hidden_coin/hostname'

To get bitcoin to use this, just add a couple lines to your bitcoin.conf

Code:
proxy=127.0.0.1:9050
externalip=p2hwc26zdsrqxiix.onion
listen=1
discover=1

The .onion in this example is me, it will obviously be something different for you.

Sounds like a great way to pay to have the government sniff you

</ troll>
They can feel free to sniff my encrypted traffic.  And if you are really paranoid, run https://www.torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy.html.en


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: rapeghost on June 12, 2012, 10:30:15 AM
By the way, I've never created a Tor hidden service. Is is something simple? And by simple, I mean something that an average computer user could do, like, is there a wizard install and all? If you have to go though text files, most people would just give up.
If there's such a thing, it would be a good idea to start releasing a bitcoin+Tor* bundle that configures everything and launches your bitcoin already behind a hidden service.

* I say Tor but I guess it could be I2P too... whichever is easier.
No wizards.  All you do is add 2 lines to your torrc and you have a hidden service.

Code:
HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_coin/
HiddenServicePort 8333 127.0.0.1:8333

Then you reload Tor, and 'cat /var/lib/tor/hidden_coin/hostname'

To get bitcoin to use this, just add a couple lines to your bitcoin.conf

Code:
proxy=127.0.0.1:9050
externalip=p2hwc26zdsrqxiix.onion
listen=1
discover=1

The .onion in this example is me, it will obviously be something different for you.

Sounds like a great way to pay to have the government sniff you

</ troll>
They can feel free to sniff my encrypted traffic.  And if you are really paranoid, run https://www.torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy.html.en

It was a joke.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on July 14, 2012, 02:02:48 PM
Swedish exits upgraded to 300 Mbit/s.

https://torstatus.blutmagie.de/router_detail.php?FP=8543536f43e4dfd33bfe89204c315515d4de8b01
https://torstatus.blutmagie.de/router_detail.php?FP=1a7a34fd161eef2320728e79fb56391660329955

New Luxembourg 100 Mbit/s exit:

https://torstatus.blutmagie.de/router_detail.php?FP=372d36900e37171a5e38653a2af4aa5c1c51ff45

-> https://www.torservers.net/donate.html


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: molecular on October 07, 2012, 03:33:30 PM
thumbs up for torservers.net


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: slush on November 30, 2012, 07:23:37 PM
One guy from Austria has been raided for running Tor exit node.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/tor-operator-charged-for-child-porn-transmitted-over-his-servers/
http://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/6283/raided-for-running-a-tor-exit-accepting-donations-for-legal-expenses
Also see tor-talk mailing list archive for more details.

Moritz, can you please confirm that William contacted you?

Appeal to people with few spare coins: Please show your generosity and send at least small donation to this guy, he needs some money for legal help in Austria.

His donation address (mentioned in article above): 1CPKAMtD4bcLrh8SRHfSxBBMmQQ5cqahPZ (http://blockchain.info/address/1CPKAMtD4bcLrh8SRHfSxBBMmQQ5cqahPZ)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: jago25_98 on December 07, 2012, 01:39:45 AM
Perhaps there's a way one can buy access to a bridge and help fund the project in the process?


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: Red Emerald on December 07, 2012, 01:58:58 AM
Perhaps there's a way one can buy access to a bridge and help fund the project in the process?
Amazon lets you do it for essentially free. https://cloud.torproject.org/


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on January 24, 2013, 11:54:33 AM
One guy from Austria has been raided for running Tor exit node.

Moritz, can you please confirm that William contacted you?


Hi,

Sorry for the late answer. I do not check this forum regularly. Yes, we've been in contact with William well before he got raided, and also afterwards.

We are still going strong also thanks to all your Bitcoin donations. Keep 'em coming! A current Bitcoin address is like always at https://www.torservers.net/donate.html


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: slush on January 24, 2013, 12:00:25 PM
https://www.torservers.net/donate.html (https://www.torservers.net/donate.html)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on January 24, 2013, 12:14:10 PM
Thanks slush :) Fixed.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on April 16, 2013, 06:38:57 PM
A lot has happened since my last update here. We have helped grow similar organizations in different countries, which is good for diversity and the anonymity of all Tor users. Future donations to our new Bitcoin address will be distributed fairly across all partner organizations (personally vetted by myself), instead of just spent for servers run by our own non-profit. All previous donations, or donations to old Bitcoin addresses, will still be used only for our own non-profit, as that is what we promised you.

So, in the end, your donations will now be spent even better than previously. Nothing else will change for you :) You can either donate to the new "umbrella organization torservers.net", and we will take care of the distribution, or you can target your donation specifically to one of our partners (or our "home" non-profit Zwiebelfreunde e.V.).

Thanks for your support and trust!


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on June 22, 2013, 11:15:44 AM
In light of the recent leaks regarding NSA and GCHQ (UK secret service), I think it's well worth pushing this thread. :)

https://www.torservers.net/donate.html


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: molecular on June 22, 2013, 11:27:49 AM
In light of the recent leaks regarding NSA and GCHQ (UK secret service), I think it's well worth pushing this thread. :)

https://www.torservers.net/donate.html

yes, we need to act broader. Building infrastructure is one very important thing, getting "normal" people to use it quite another (talking not only about tor network, but also email/chat encryption to begin with some basics). Getting myself to use it more regularly and infect others has become a goal.

Not that I hadn't expected something like prism to be happening ("why the f..k would microsoft acquire skype for 8 gUSD"), but a suspicion in my head is different from the fact actually being confirmed.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on June 23, 2013, 08:19:46 AM
Not that I hadn't expected something like prism to be happening ("why the f..k would microsoft acquire skype for 8 gUSD"), but a suspicion in my head is different from the fact actually being confirmed.

Allegedly, Skype built in lawful intercept *before* it was sold to Microsoft.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/20/skype-nsa-access-user-data


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: dudeofthestick on June 23, 2013, 09:20:33 AM
Given the momentum of Litecoin, maybe you should start accepting donations with it too.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: molecular on June 23, 2013, 09:37:16 AM
Not that I hadn't expected something like prism to be happening ("why the f..k would microsoft acquire skype for 8 gUSD"), but a suspicion in my head is different from the fact actually being confirmed.

Allegedly, Skype built in lawful intercept *before* it was sold to Microsoft.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/20/skype-nsa-access-user-data

interesting. Maybe it was just a "we want in on the social games" type of acquisition then after all.

On the other hand: maybe it's more than "lawful intercept" nowadays.

There's a german word for what I mean: Rasterfahndung.

It's interesting to see the translations suggested for it:

http://i.imgur.com/ZjlosJGl.png (http://i.imgur.com/ZjlosJG.png)

If they filter all communication using keywords and such, that's not lawful interception (which is supposed to be on a case-basis and targeted towards individuals)



Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on November 28, 2013, 03:13:59 AM
A lot has happened at Torservers. Since we never wanted to grow to be too large, decentralization is crucial for Tor, we put a lot of effort into bootstrapping new organizations all around the globe. Our website now lists nine organizations, with a few more in the making. This is all very exciting, and I am happy to have the Bitcoin community backing our goals.

Also, just because, I created a Ripple wallet just now, so if you have some XRPs, you can send it to rPEmCPhNcQuTVuTmByWMDj2vZgzt4EY9pt.

There's even more happy news to report, but I can't give that away right now. Watch out for a press release soon! I hope to see some of you at Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg. I wish I could come to Bitcoin Expo this weekend, some really nice people there, but unfortunately I can't make it.

Bitcoin address: 17dHghQZw1hv7uAY5RLnGySQ8fUyazkpwu
Litecoin address: LNpcV2UByLEJDmD8rZqD3qHNvoQnTf6ujx

Go Bitcoin go! ;)


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: molecular on November 28, 2013, 07:57:16 PM
A lot has happened at Torservers. Since we never wanted to grow to be too large, decentralization is crucial for Tor, we put a lot of effort into bootstrapping new organizations all around the globe. Our website now lists nine organizations, with a few more in the making. This is all very exciting, and I am happy to have the Bitcoin community backing our goals.

Also, just because, I created a Ripple wallet just now, so if you have some XRPs, you can send it to rPEmCPhNcQuTVuTmByWMDj2vZgzt4EY9pt.

There's even more happy news to report, but I can't give that away right now. Watch out for a press release soon! I hope to see some of you at Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg. I wish I could come to Bitcoin Expo this weekend, some really nice people there, but unfortunately I can't make it.

Bitcoin address: 17dHghQZw1hv7uAY5RLnGySQ8fUyazkpwu
Litecoin address: LNpcV2UByLEJDmD8rZqD3qHNvoQnTf6ujx

Go Bitcoin go! ;)

I live in Hamburg. Not sure I'll be around for the congress. I'll poke any guy that looks like your avatar should I be there, though.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on December 20, 2013, 03:12:12 PM
https://blog.torservers.net/20131213/torservers-awarded-250000-by-digital-defenders.html

Quote

    Dresden, December 13th, 2013 — Torservers.net has been awarded $250,000 over two years by the Digital Defenders Partnership to strengthen and improve the Tor network, the anonymity system crucial to journalists and human rights defenders using the Internet.

Tor is free software and an open network that helps internet users to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. It is used by hundreds of thousands of daily users worldwide to secure their online communication, avoid tracking, and circumvent censorship.

Tor protects users by bouncing communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.

Torservers.net provides high bandwidth infrastructure for the Tor network since 2010. We have grown to 10 volunteer-run organizations in 8 countries. Torservers.net distributes donations and grants across independent organizations of IT security professionals, and helps build a sustainable network by teaching others how to run stable Tor infrastructure.

The Digital Defenders Partnership was established in 2012 to provide rapid response to threats to internet freedom. The Partnership aims at keeping the internet open and free from emerging threats, specifically in internet repressive and transitional environments. It also wants to increase and better coordinate emergency support for the internet’s critical users, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists and human rights defenders, whenever and wherever they are under threat.

Thanks to the newly awarded grant of $250,000 over two years, participating Torservers organizations will be able to sustain at least 3 Gbit/s of exit traffic, and 2000 fast and up to date bridges. Tor bridges are required in many countries with state-level censorship. 3 Gbit/s are 949 terabytes, almost a petabyte of user data, every single month, per direction.
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, Torservers.net 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 Torservers.net. They have various options available, and are happy to teach tech staff and journalists.

“Since we started Torservers.net a few years ago, Tor finally became fast enough to be used for all Internet communications” comments Moritz Bartl, co-founder of Torservers.net. “New people also join the Tor network every day. With the help of the Digital Defenders, we have the chance to make the network bigger, safer and more resilient to the benefit of everyone with the desires to protect their online activities from surveillance.”


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: kuverty on December 22, 2013, 04:34:59 AM
^
Wow, congratulations! This is great news!  You deserve it.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on May 14, 2015, 06:03:16 PM
Hi! We're still here, still going strong. My original German non-profit org that manages the payout to the Torservers partner organizations alone pushes 5 Gbit/s+ of exit traffic. We're 12 organizations in 10 countries.

If you like Tor, and want to strengthen the network, consider donating. We currently take Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Dash (Darkcoin). :)

Thanks!

https://www.torservers.net/donate.html#cryptocurrencies


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: torservers on June 17, 2015, 12:18:20 PM
We get asked quite regularly for t-shirts, especially after we started to produce our own Tor shirts and bring them to events. You can order them online from us at https://www.torservers.net/wiki/tshirt/ . This is not your regular cheap shirt, this is awesome quality organic fair trade cotton :D

https://www.torservers.net/wiki/_media/torshirtsob.jpg https://www.torservers.net/wiki/_media/torshirtsip.jpg

Thanks for the ongoing support by the Bitcoin community, we appreciate all donations.


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: jdebunt on June 18, 2015, 07:04:11 PM
I'm such a sucker for shirts, might end up getting one of those to add to my growing collection ;D


Title: Re: Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone
Post by: molecular on June 18, 2015, 07:29:50 PM
I'll buy one and since they only accept SEPA, I'll try to pay using https://bitwa.la

EDIT: this was probably the geekiest t-shirt order I ever placed. I made up an order number myself and used above service to pay. Of course I signed the order email using pgp. Let's see if this works.