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     <a href="<page about/gsoc>">Google Summer of Code</a>
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     <h2>Tor: Google Summer of Code 2017</h2>
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     <br /><br />
 
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     <p>
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     The Tor Project, in collaboration with <a href="https://www.eff.org/">The
     Electronic Frontier Foundation</a>, have taken part in Google Summer of Code
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     for 2007 through 2016, mentoring the total of 64 students.  Now google has
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     announced that we'll be taking part again for <a
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     href="https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/">Google Summer of Code 2017</a>!
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     </p>
     
     <p>
     You must be self-motivated and able to work independently. We have
     a thriving community of interested developers on the IRC channel and
     mailing lists, and we're eager to work with you, brainstorm about design,
     and so on, but you need to be able to manage your own time, and you
     need to already be somewhat familiar with how free software development on the
     Internet works.
     </p>
     
     <p>
     Working on Tor is rewarding because:
     </p>
     
     <ul>
     <li>You can work your own hours in your own locations. As long as you
     get the job done, we don't care about the process.</li>
     <li>We only write free (open source) software. The tools you make won't
     be locked down or rot on a shelf.</li>
     <li>You will work with a world-class team of anonymity experts and
     developers on what is already the largest and most active strong anonymity
     network ever.</li>
     <li>The work you do could contribute to academic publications &mdash;
     Tor development raises many open questions and interesting problems
     in the field of <a href="http://freehaven.net/anonbib/">anonymity
     systems</a>.</li>
     </ul>
     
     <a id="GettingInvolved"></a>
     <h2><a class="anchor" href="#GettingInvolved">How To Get Involved</a></h2>
     
     <p>
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     The best way to get involved is to come <a href="<page
     about/contact>#irc">listen on IRC</a> (both "#tor" and "#tor-dev"), read
     our docs and other webpages, try out the various tools that are related to
     the projects that interest you, and ask questions as they come to you: <a
     href="<page docs/documentation>#UpToSpeed">Getting up to speed</a>.
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     </p>
     
     <p>
     In addition to getting some more development work
     done on Tor and related applications, Google and Tor are most interested
     in getting students involved in Tor development in a way that keeps them
     involved after the summer too. That means we will give priority to students
     who have demonstrated continued interest and responsiveness. We will require
     students to write public status report updates for our community, either by
     blogging or sending mail to our mailing list. We want to ensure that the
     community and the student can both benefit from each other.
     </p>
     
     <p>
     When it comes time for us to choose projects, our impression of how well
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     you'll fit into our community &mdash; and how well you are at taking
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     the initiative to do things &mdash; will be at least as important as
     the actual project you'll be working on.
     </p>
     
     <a id="Ideas"></a>
     <h2><a class="anchor" href="#Ideas">Ideas List</a></h2>
     
     <p>
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     To start with, please see Tor's <b><a href="<page
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     getinvolved/volunteer>#Projects">projects page</a></b> and its following
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     ideas.
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     </p>
     
     <p>
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     The best kind of ideas are well defined and easily broken into subtasks. 
     A lot of students try to bite off open-ended development and research
     topics. But if you're going to spend the first half of your summer figuring
     out what exactly you should code, there's a chance that the conclusion will
     be "oh, that isn't actually feasible to build after all" and your proposal
     will make us very nervous.
     </p>
     
     <p>
     Try to figure out how much you can actually fit in a summer, break the work
     down into manageable pieces, and most importantly, figure out how to make
     sure your incremental milestones are actually useful &mdash; if you don't
     finish everything in your plan, we want to know that you'll still have
     produced something useful.
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     </p>
     
     <a id="Template"></a>
     <h2><a class="anchor" href="#Template">Application Template</a></h2>
     
     <p>
     Please use the following template for your application, to make sure you
     provide enough information for us to evaluate you and your proposal.
     </p>
     
     <ol>
     
     <li>What project would you like to work on? Use our ideas lists as a starting
     point or make up your own idea. Your proposal should include high-level
     descriptions of what you're going to do, with more details about the
     parts you expect to be tricky. Your proposal should also try to break
     down the project into tasks of a fairly fine granularity, and convince
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     us you have a plan for finishing it. A timeline for what you will be doing
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     throughout the summer is highly recommended.<br /><br />
 
     <i>Note that we might share which project ideas have strong applications in
     order to spread applicants out (it's bad for everyone for several strong
     applicants to be for the exact same project).</i><br /><br /></li>
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     <li>Point us to a code sample: something good and clean to demonstrate
     that you know what you're doing, ideally from an existing project.</li>
     
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     <li>Why do you want to work with The Tor Project in
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     particular?</li>
     
     <li>Tell us about your experiences in free software development
     environments. We especially want to hear examples of how you have
     collaborated with others rather than just working on a project by
     yourself.</li>
     
     <li>Will you be working full-time on the project for the summer, or will
     you have other commitments too (a second job, classes, etc)? If you won't
     be available full-time, please explain, and list timing if you know them
     for other major deadlines (e.g. exams). Having other activities isn't
     a deal-breaker, but we don't want to be surprised.</li>
     
     <li>Will your project need more work and/or maintenance after the summer
     ends? What are the chances you will stick around and help out with that
     and other related projects?</li>
     
     <li>What is your ideal approach to keeping everybody informed of your
     progress, problems, and questions over the course of the project? Said
     another way, how much of a "manager" will you need your mentor to be?</li>
     
     <li>What school are you attending? What year are you, and what's your
     major/degree/focus? If you're part of a research group, which one?</li>
     
     <li>How can we contact you to ask you further questions? Google doesn't
     share your contact details with us automatically, so you should include
     that in your application. In addition, what's your IRC nickname?
     Interacting with us on IRC will help us get to know you, and help you
     get to know our community.</li>
     
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     <li>Are you applying to other projects for GSoC and, if so, what would be
     your preference if you're accepted to both? Having a stated preference
     helps with the deduplication process and will not impact if we accept your
     application or not.</li>
     
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     <li>Is there anything else that we should know that will make us like your
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     project more?</li>
     
     </ol>
     
     <p>
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     We mostly pick mentors from the <a href="<page about/corepeople>">core Tor
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     development team</a> so we should be able to accommodate a wide variety of
     projects. These can range from work on Tor itself to work on supporting or
     peripheral projects.
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     </p>
     
     <p>
     All selected projects are assigned both a primary and assistant mentor to
     answer your questions and help you integrate with the broader Tor
     community. Though your mentors are a primary point of contact please use
     our public spaces (the <a href="<page about/contact>#irc">#tor-dev irc
     channel</a> and <a href="<page docs/documentation>#MailingLists">tor-dev@
     email list</a>) to discuss your project. We want you to become a part of
     the community by the end of the summer, not a stranger that's only known by
     your mentor.
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     </p>
     
     <p>
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     We're always happy to have new contributors so if you haven't filled up
     your summer plans yet, please consider spending some time working with us
     to make Tor better!
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     </p>
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     <a id="Example"></a>
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     <h2><a class="anchor" href="#Example">Application Examples</a></h2>
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     <p>
     Below are examples of some GSoC applications from previous years we liked.
     The best applications tend to go through several iterations so you're
     highly encouraged to send drafts early.
     </p>
     
     <ul>
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       <li><h4><a href="https://ahmia.fi/gsoc/">Ahmia.fi - Search Engine for Hidden Services</a> by Juha Nurmi</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="http://ilv.github.io/gettor_proposal.html">Revamp GetTor</a> by Israel Leiva</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/sreenathadev/gsoc-2014-weather-rewrite">Weather Rewrite</a> by Sreenatha Bhatlapenumarthi</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="http://kostas.mkj.lt/gsoc2014/gsoc2014.html">BridgeDB Distributor</a> by Kostas Jakeliunas</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="http://kostas.mkj.lt/gsoc2013/gsoc2013.html">Searchable Tor descriptor archive</a> by Kostas Jakeliunas</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="../about/gsocProposal/gsoc12-proposal-stemImprovements.html">Stem Improvements and Arm port</a> by Ravi Padmala</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="../about/gsocProposal/gsoc10-proposal-soat.txt">SOAT Expansion</a> by John Schanck</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="http://inspirated.com/uploads/tor-gsoc-11.pdf">GTK+ Frontend and Client Mode Improvements for arm</a> by Kamran Khan</h4></li>
       <li><h4><a href="http://www.gsathya.in/gsoc11.html">Orbot + ORLib</a> by Sathya Gunasekaran</h4></li>
       <li><h4><a href="http://blanu.net/TorSummerOfCodeProposal.pdf">Blocking-resistant Transport Evaluation Framework</a> by Brandon Wiley</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="../about/gsocProposal/gsoc11-proposal-metadataToolkit.pdf">Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit</a> by Julien Voisin</h4></li>
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       <li><h4><a href="https://www.atagar.com/misc/gsocBlog09/">Website Pootle Translation</a> by Damian Johnson</h4></li>
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