Surveillance and Tor
… a group of volunteer-operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Tor’s users employ this network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.
Tor has many positive uses, including circumventing censorship and providing privacy and anonymity to people threatened with violence or domestic abuse. A briefing by the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology noted that “There is widespread agreement that banning online anonymity systems altogether is not seen as an acceptable policy option in the UK.”, while in the United States, where the American Library Association’s code of conduct asserts “each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received”, Tor nodes are now beginning to find their way into public libraries.Criminals can already do bad things… Tor aims to provide protection for ordinary people who want to follow the law. Only criminals have privacy right now, and we need to fix that.
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