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Tor Project

For the past ten years, the Tor Project has been providing the world with technology and research essential to protecting privacy and freedom of speech online. Tor’s community of millions of daily users and almost 10,000 relay and bridge operators has played an influential role in conflicts around the world including Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, and elsewhere. The software continues to provide worldwide best-in-class anonymity and censorship circumvention solutions.

OTF’s previous support for Tor ensured the underlying technology remained resilient including the safety and usability for the packaging and interface of Tor Browser. 2016 support is focused on making it easier for third-party organizations to use and build support for Tor’s privacy and anonymizing technologies; empowering users with limited access to powerful devices and fast networks; making Tor easier and more attractive for non-technical and mainstream users; and developing and implement defenses against online profiling and attacks.

Funding to date

2013
2014
2015
2016
$600 000
$900 000
$900 000
$707 300
12 months
12 months
12 months
12 months
Total funding: 
$3 107 300
Core issues: 
Access to the Internet Privacy enhancement Security from danger or threat online
Current project status
  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)
  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)
  • It's basically done. (Release)
  • People Use It. (Production)
Objectives
Technology development
Deploying technology
Software or hardware development
Testing
Beneficiaries
General public
Women
Youth
Sexual minorities
Ethnic minorities
Activists
Journalists
Advocacy groups/NGOs
Addressed problems
Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
Technology focus
Browser extension
Browser plugin
User interface/experience
Anonymity
Desktop client
Sensitive data

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