Jacob Appelbaum Presents Tor at Arab Bloggers Workshop 2009


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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:

weddady quotes Jacob Appelbaum

weddady quotes Jacob Appelbaum

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:

Amira Al Hussaini attended Jacob Appelbaum's presentation on Tor

Amira Al Hussaini attended Jacob Appelbaum's presentation on Tor

Tor can be downloaded here, and more information can be found here.


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