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Tor BSD Diversity Project

The Tor BSD Diversity Project (TDP) is an initiative which extended the use of the BSD Unix operating systems in the Tor public anonymity network.

In a global anonymity network, monocultures are potentially disastrous. A single kernel vulnerability in GNU/Linux impacting Tor relays could be devastating. The project helped foster a stronger Tor network through increasing operating system diversity.

TDP’s project focused on several areas including but not limited to:

Providing relevant “simple English” documentation with translations for Tor operators on BSD systems;

Relay guides in English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Polish;

Documentation for building “small systems” on both FreeBSD and OpenBSD

Documentation for Corporate Relays

OpenBSD chroot how-to

Conducting various promotion activities focused on the BSD community, including enlisting BSD-using commercial entities to run BSD relays with TDP providing assistance;

Updating the equipment on active OpenBSD relays;

Porting Onionshare to OpenBSD;

Porting obfs4proxy to OpenBSD and FreeBSD;

Migrating previous static reporting on the Tor network to JSON to highlight operating system-related diversity.

Get the word out

Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2017 $40,000 9 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $40,000

Addressed problems

  • Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication

Objective(s)

  • Deploying technology
  • Testing

Beneficiaries

  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Ethnic minorities
  • General public
  • Women
  • Sexual minorities

Region(s)

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Application deployment
  • User interface/experience