Tor and the Arab Spring

date Wednesday, 9 January 2013 time 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

👤 Runa Sandvik 🏢 HacDC


It’s been two years since the beginning of what we now call the Arab Spring. In the months that followed the first protests in December 2010, videos, pictures, and stories from activists spread quickly via the Internet. When authorities started to censor more websites, users reached out for free proxy servers, VPN services in other countries, and anonymity tools — such as Tor — as means to bypass the blocks.

This presentation will introduce Tor and explain why people use it, how it was used before and during the Arab Spring, and how it is being used today.


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