11 days remain to contribute to our Bug Smash Fund
You'll help us respond quickly to bugs, improve test coverage, and keep up with Firefox ESRs. These are essential, but sometimes we have to divert developer attention away from grant-funded projects and use unrestricted funds to do them. That's why we need your help. #TorBugSmash
"Amazon’s home security company Ring quietly removed the term 'surveillance' from a statement law enforcement officials provided to local news outlets, according to public records obtained by Gizmodo."
Let's call it what it is: surveillance.
Tails, a live operating system relying on Tor that helps you to use the internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer, turns 10 today.
Happy birthday, Tails 🎂
Yikes. "The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information... was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks." https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/14/major-breach-found-in-biometrics-system-used-by-banks-uk-police-and-defence-firms
If you use Firefox or Chrome, we developed an easy way you can help people bypass censorship.
Our Snowflake extension turns your browser into a proxy that connects Tor users in censored regions to the Tor network. https://snowflake.torproject.org/
We know the bugs are coming. We just don't know when.
Throughout the month of August, every donation to Tor will be earmarked for smashing bugs 👾
This work is critical to keeping Tor strong.
Your donation can help us be prepared for what bugs may come, and in turn, we can better help millions of people around the world stay safe online and keep an entire ecosystem of tools healthy: http://donate.torproject.org
Today is National Whistleblower Day in the US.
We're proud the Tor network is the backbone of other tools like SecureDrop, GlobaLeaks, & Méxicoleaks that allow whistleblowers to communicate with less risk. https://blog.torproject.org/italian-anti-corruption-authority-anac-adopts-onion-services #OnionizeTheWeb
Build Tor from source? There's a new release candidate available. Tor 0.4.1.4-rc fixes a few bugs from previous versions of Tor and updates to a new list of fallback directories. Full changelog:
Earlier this month, we met in Stockholm to reflect, address challenges and successes, plan the next six months, and have important in-person conversations that are only possible when all teams are in the same location.
Find out how it went: https://blog.torproject.org/reflections-our-stockholm-all-hands
"U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communications." 🙄 https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/23/william-barr-consumers-security-risks-backdoors/
Oakland has become the 3rd US city to ban facial recognition technology. 👏
"There is no amount of regulation, transparency, or oversight that will fix the dangers inherent in widespread face surveillance. Only a full ban — a federal ban, covering the use of facial recognition by government agencies, in public places, and in public contracts with private entities — can prevent our nightmares from becoming reality." https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/evangreer/dont-regulate-facial-recognition-ban-it
"Our government’s shameful practice of using surveillance as a weapon against racial justice activism was wrong in the past, and has no place in our present." https://www.aclu.org/issues/racial-justice/protectblackdissent-campaign-end-surveillance-black-activists
Location data is protected by US federal law, but AT&T has sold it anyway. Without consent. Now @eff is suing. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43j99g/eff-hits-atandt-with-class-action-lawsuit-for-selling-customers-location-to-bounty-hunters
🔔 Time to update: There's a new version of Tor Browser.
Tor Browser 8.5.4 updates Firefox to 60.8.0esr with important security fixes, ships Tor 0.4.0.5, and updates OpenSSL to 1.0.2s for the desktop platforms.
We've launched a giving program for monthly donors who help us make privacy a priority.
If you pledge a modest amount each month, we will send you exclusive gifts to show our appreciation.
Become a Defender of Privacy today: https://donate.torproject.org/monthly-giving
Get a browser that will protect your privacy. Tor "is the best way to protect your identity online." https://www.wired.co.uk/article/best-privacy-browsers-and-chrome-alternatives #surveillance #privacy
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