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What You Should Know / November 18, 2014

tor-freaks-art-by-bradjonas -- One would’ve thought that an article warning about Tor’s little-known dangers and conflicts-of-interest would’ve been greeted by the privacy and anonymity community—that they would be more interested in protecting the public and getting Tor right, than in protecting Tor’s brand. But instead of being welcomed by the privacy community or sparking a discussion about the aspects of Tor that have been swept under the rug, the article was met with a smear campaign. Surprisingly, the smears weren’t waged by the usual fringe anonymous-troll types, but rather by some of the most prominent privacy and anti-surveillance names in the country—top people from groups like the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media.

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