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Documentation is critical to the health of projects, but it is often overlooked. We heard from a number of you who wanted to help with ours, and next week is your chance.

Join our DocsHackathon Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September. We’ll be rewarding the top 3 contributors with prizes at the end of the week.

Calling all Community Builders: The Internet Freedom Festival is looking for 10 individuals working at the intersection of human rights and technology to take part in a brand new Community Empowerment Program.

The deadline is September 6, 2019:

After months of work, we have a new stable release series: Tor 🙌

This series adds experimental circuit-level padding, authenticated SENDME cells, & improvements to save on CPU consumption. It also fixes bugs in bootstrapping & v3 onion services.

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.

"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 🎂…/tor-…/2

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."

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.

Come see us in the vendor room at to pick up your onion badge, available by donation. Thanks to see_ess for making these happen.

Code & manual:


Next Friday at , Roger Dingledine will get you up to speed on the ways governments have tried to block Tor, walk through our upcoming steps to stay ahead, and give you some new—easier—ways that let you help censored users reach the internet safely.

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:

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.

Build Tor from source? There's a new release candidate available. Tor 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:

"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." 🙄

"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."
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11 more days remain to contribute . We passed our soft goal of $10,000 in just 25 hours, and are still going strong! Thank you to all who have given and to BTCPay Server for setting this up.

"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."

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