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Published on Aug 15, 2014
Over the past year, reporters have written countless stories about how the NSA tried to break Tor, how the software is no longer “PRISM-proof”, and how using it may be more of a red flag than anything else. This talk will discuss ways in which Tor is still a powerful tool, even though it may not necessarily be able to protect users against a global adversary such as the NSA. We will look at a set of practical tips for ensuring that Tor really does work, as well as talk about SecureDrop, an open-source whistleblower submission system that uses Tor to facilitate communications between journalists and their sources.
Runa A. Sandvik is a privacy and security researcher, working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. She is a Forbes contributor, a technical advisor to the TrueCrypt Audit project, and a member of the review board for Black Hat Europe. Prior to joining the Freedom of the Press Foundation as a full-time technologist in June 2014, she worked with The Tor Project for four years.