DEDHAM, MA - The Tor Project has published its three year development roadmap, focused on providing anti-censorship tools and services for the advancement of Internet freedom in closed societies.

Tor's tools and technologies are already used by hundreds of thousands of people to protect their activities online. These users include journalists and human rights workers in politically rigid countries communicating with whistleblowers and dissidents. Law enforcement officers on Internet sting operations stay anonymous with Tor, as do people wanting to post socially sensitive information in chat rooms, like rape or abuse survivors and those with illnesses.  The Tor network also provides protection for people looking for another layer of privacy from the millions of websites and ISPs bent on collecting private information and tracking their moves online.

While Tor's original goal was to provide this important anonymity, many people around the world use Tor to get around Internet censorship, as well.  Human Rights Watch and Global Voices Online have both recommended Tor as a tool to circumvent censorship regimes in oppressive nations. The roadmap is focused on providing anti-censorship tools and services for the advancement of Internet freedom in closed societies.

"If your Internet provider can't see what sites you're looking at, that also means they can't prevent you from reaching sites they don't want you to see," said Roger Dingledine, Tor Project Leader.  "This new roadmap with support from the larger community will let us make Tor even better at fighting censorship.  With three years of funding, we can tackle larger problems than before, and we can focus on making sure that Tor can grow to handle all the people who want to use it."

Tor welcomes additional sponsors to join current sponsors; such as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the NLnet Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors. While existing funders are enough to get the items on the roadmap started, an additional $2.1 million over the next three years will turn the roadmap into usable tools.


Based in Dedham, MA, The Tor Project develops free and open-source software that provides online anonymity to the everyday Internet user. Tor was born out of a collaboration with the U.S. Naval Research Lab starting in 2001, and it became an official U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2006. The Tor Project now works with many individuals, NGOs, law enforcement agencies, and businesses globally to help them protect their anonymity online.

In addition to its efforts developing and maintaining the Tor anonymity software and the Tor network, The Tor Project also helps to lead the research community in understanding how to build and measure scalable and secure anonymity networks. The Tor developers publish several new research papers each year in major academic security conferences, and just about every major security conference these days includes a Tor-related paper.

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