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November 30, 2012, 07:23:37 PM
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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

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December 07, 2012, 01:39:45 AM
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Perhaps there's a way one can buy access to a bridge and help fund the project in the process?
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December 07, 2012, 01:58:58 AM
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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/

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January 24, 2013, 11:54:33 AM
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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
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January 24, 2013, 12:00:25 PM
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https://www.torservers.net/donate.html

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January 24, 2013, 12:14:10 PM
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Thanks slush Smiley Fixed.
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April 16, 2013, 06:38:57 PM
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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 Smiley 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!
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June 22, 2013, 11:15:44 AM
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In light of the recent leaks regarding NSA and GCHQ (UK secret service), I think it's well worth pushing this thread. Smiley

https://www.torservers.net/donate.html
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June 22, 2013, 11:27:49 AM
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In light of the recent leaks regarding NSA and GCHQ (UK secret service), I think it's well worth pushing this thread. Smiley

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.

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June 23, 2013, 08:19:46 AM
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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
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June 23, 2013, 09:20:33 AM
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Given the momentum of Litecoin, maybe you should start accepting donations with it too.
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June 23, 2013, 09:37:16 AM
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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:



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)


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November 28, 2013, 03:13:59 AM
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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! Wink
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November 28, 2013, 07:57:16 PM
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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! Wink

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.

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December 20, 2013, 03:12:12 PM
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https://blog.torservers.net/20131213/torservers-awarded-250000-by-digital-defenders.html

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    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.”
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December 22, 2013, 04:34:59 AM
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May 14, 2015, 06:03:16 PM
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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). Smiley

Thanks!

https://www.torservers.net/donate.html#cryptocurrencies
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June 17, 2015, 12:18:20 PM
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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 Cheesy



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June 18, 2015, 07:04:11 PM
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I'm such a sucker for shirts, might end up getting one of those to add to my growing collection Grin
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June 18, 2015, 07:29:50 PM
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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.

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