The second annual Arab Bloggers Workshop is currently taking place in Beirut, Lebanon (see other blog posts here); the Workshop consists of various presentations and smaller workshops on topics ranging from “Arab techies” to online campaigns to anonymity and circumvention technologies. Today, Jacob Appelbaum (@ioerror on Twitter) of Tor gave a presentation on how to select the right circumvention tool, as well as specific information on the project for which he works.
Appelbaum explained how Tor works with a presentation which clearly illustrated a Tor bridge (to find out more info on Tor, see here), as well as what kind of information Tor tracks, and the history of the Tor project. During the workshop, participants live-tweeted information from the presentation.
weddady noted the lack of safety in some proxies:
Appelbaum explained further that with proxies, one never actually knows who is running the proxy, thus creating a potential risk of surveillance.
Amira Al Hussaini noted on Twitter that Tor is not widely used in the Middle East, and relays Appelbaum's call for users: