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    <a href="<page press/2009-03-12-performance-roadmap-press-release>">Tor Project Launches Performance Roadmap and Campaign</a>
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    <p><strong>DEDHAM, MA</strong> -The Tor Project has <a href="../press/presskit/2009-03-11-performance.pdf">launched a roadmap</a> for dramatically improving the performance of the public Tor network over the next year.  A combination of existing funding and a needed $1 million over the next 12 months will ensure success.  This campaign is a direct result of the recently published <a href="<page press/2008-12-19-roadmap-press-release>">3-Year Development Roadmap</a>.  The roadmap incorporates research and actions from a number of sources which define the next steps for improving performance of the public Tor network.  The most requested feature by users of the public Tor network is to increase performance while keeping strong anonymity intact.</p>
    <p>As Tor's user base has grown, the performance of the Tor network has suffered.  Over the past few years, Tor's funding (and thus the development effort) has focused on usability and blocking-resistance.  We've come up with a portable self-contained Windows bundle; deployed tools to handle the upcoming censorship arms race; further
    developed supporting applications like Vidalia, Torbutton, and Thandy; made it easier for users to be relays by adding better rate limiting and an easy graphical interface with uPnP support; developed an effective
    translation and localization team and infrastructure; and spread understanding of Tor in a safe word-of-mouth way that stayed mostly under the radar of censors.  All of these successess have contributed to the growing user base and increased stress on the public Tor network.</p>
    <p>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.</p>
    <p>Tor welcomes additional sponsors to join our <a
    href="<page about/sponsors>">current sponsors</a>;
    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 $1 million over the
    next year will dramatically increase the performance of the public Tor network.</p>
    <p>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.</p>
    <p>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.  Tor is a
    project-funded organization with eight full-time staff.</p>
    <p>The "Onion Logo" and "Tor" wordmark are registered trademarks
    of The Tor Project, Inc.</p>
    <p>Contact: Andrew Lewman</p>
    <p>Tel: +1-781-424-9877</p>
    <p>Email: execdir@torproject.org</p>
    <p><a href="https://www.torproject.org/">Website: Tor Project</a></p>
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