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[tor-talk] Tor Weekly News — January 28th, 2015



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Tor Weekly News                                       January 28th, 2015
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Welcome to the fourth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.

The future of Private Browsing Mode
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Mozilla Firefox, on which Tor Browser is based, offers users a “Private
Browsing Mode” that aims solely to prevent browsing information from
being saved locally. As Georg Koppen pointed out [1], “The question is
now how to treat the other privacy-relevant areas like cross-origin
linkability or fingerprinting?”

Georg proposed a “Private Browsing Mode+”, which would integrate the
disk-avoidance, anti-tracking, anti-fingerprinting, and
location-concealing elements of a privacy-preserving browser in a more
logical way.

  [1]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tbb-dev/2015-January/000217.html

Miscellaneous news
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After a “pretty big overhaul” [2], Damian Johnson announced that
Stem [3], the Tor controller library, now “lazy-loads” descriptors,
resulting in a considerable speed increase when reading network
documents [4]. “Note that descriptor validation is now opt-in rather
than opt-out, so if you’d prefer validation over performance you’ll now
need to include ‘validate = True’.”

  [2]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-January/008211.html
  [3]: https://stem.torproject.org/
  [4]: https://gitweb.torproject.org/stem.git/commit/?id=3dac7c5

The Tails team set out [5] the release schedule for Tails 1.3, and also
published its Code of Conduct [6].

  [5]: https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2015-January/007945.html
  [6]: https://tails.boum.org/contribute/working_together/code_of_conduct/

Arturo Filastò reported [7] on OONI-related activities at the Nexa
Center’s NNTools2015 event [8].

  [7]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2015-January/000238.html
  [8]: http://nexa.polito.it/nntools2015

Patrick Schleizer wondered [9] how Tor Browser could be made to act more
like a “system tor”, and sketched out a possible plan [10]: “What do you
think about this proposal in general?”

  [9]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-January/036581.html
 [10]: https://bugs.torproject.org/14121

Upcoming events
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  Jan 28 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
                   |
  Jan 28 16:00 UTC | Pluggable transports meeting
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
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  Feb 02 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser online meeting
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
                   |
  Feb 02 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
                   | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
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  Feb 03 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
                   | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
                   |
  Feb 03 20:00 UTC | Tails contributors meeting
                   | #tails-dev, irc.oftc.net
                   | https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2015-January/007860.html


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