Building a new Tor that can resist next-generation state surveillance [arstechnica]

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Good theoretic breakthroughs some of them presented at PETS this year. Definitely some tp keep an eye on.

You can ultimately have the best anonymity system on paper but if its not scalable or deployed for general use then it will disappear into irrelevance. The research community is beginning to learn that. I wonder if these newer systems can transport arbitrary protocols like TCP instead of being tied to a single usecase.

offtopic: Please add links that go thru in case pages disappear in the future.

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Yes, once something gets closer to being deployed, we should see about integration of them with Whonix. The usual stuff.

  • Can it work on top of Tor?
  • available from Debian repository

Here’s a write up only of the projects that plan to make a public release. NB This doesn’t necessarily mean its widely usable:

  • Herd succeeded by Aqua

Description: Anonymous voice-over-IP network design— “Signal without the metadata,”
Status: Deployment in progress, both should be ready by 2017. Received $ 0.5 mln NSF funds. Plans to roll out other anonymity systems over next 3 years.

Description: Anonymous IM. It scales!
Status: working on deploying a public beta.

  • Riffle

Description: DC-net design. Has serious scalability problems. Can be trivially DoS’d. Plans to work as Private WiFi mesh in public places - to compliment Tor.
Status: working on public alpha release.

As far as general purpose anonymity networks go:

Tor: ‘The king of high-secure, low-latency anonymity’‘there are no contenders to the throne in waiting’

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