Session

Surfing the web securely and privately, using Tor anonymizing network

I’ll take you on a tour of the Tor landscape, starting with a crash course on Tor, how it works, and what security it provides. I’ll explain why Tor’s open design and radical approach to transparency are critical to its success, and then compare the browser-level privacy in Tor Browser to the “private browsing” and “incognito” approaches from other browsers. We’ll end with a discussion of onion services, which are essentially an even stronger version of https, but which you might instead know from confusing phrases like “the dark web”.

Tor is a free-software anonymizing network that helps people around the world use the Internet in safety. Tor’s 7500 volunteer relays carry traffic for millions of daily users, including ordinary citizens who want protection from identity theft and prying corporations, corporations who want to look at a competitor’s website in private, people around the world whose Internet connections are censored, and even governments and law enforcement.

Biography

Roger Dingledine is president and co-founder of the Tor Project, a nonprofit that develops free and open source software to protect people from tracking, censorship, and surveillance online.

Wearing one hat, Roger works with journalists and activists on many continents to help them understand and defend against the threats they face. Wearing another, he is a lead researcher in the online anonymity field, coordinating and mentoring academic researchers working on Tor-related topics. Since 2002 he has helped organize the yearly international Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS).

Among his achievements, Roger was chosen by the MIT Technology Review as one of its top 35 innovators under 35, he co-authored the Tor design paper that won the Usenix Security ‘Test of Time’ award, and he has been recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as one of its top 100 global thinkers.

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