BSDCan2016 - v1.1.24a

BSDCan 2016
The Technical BSD Conference

George Rosamond
Day Talks #1 - 10 June - 2016-06-10
Room DMS 1160
Start time 13:30
Duration 01:00
ID 712
Event type Lecture
Track Security
Language used for presentation English

Beyond Monocultures

The Tor BSD Diversity Project

Launched with the aim of disrupting the Linux monoculture in the Tor anonymity network, The Tor BSD Diversity Project (TDP) continues the quest to extend a little bit of *BSD sanity into the privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) scene.

The Tor BSD Diversity Project (TDP) formally began in the early spring of 2015.

This presentation will start with the larger context of the PETs scene, making the case for TDP's relevance, while illustrating our approach and contributions.

Developing Tor Browser for OpenBSD remains TDP's flagship project, with seven releases to date. TDP also expanded its focus, with smaller projects such as "Porting PETs" and "Quick-and-Dirty Statistics" to illustrate the lack of Tor network diversity not to mention a number of other efforts such as recruiting New York Internet to contribute two high-bandwidth Tor relays on BSDs.

While it's hard to directly attribute to TDP, the chatter around PETs in the BSDs increased significantly. From the porting of PETs like the Tor XMPP client Ricochet for FreeBSD and attempts to implement OpenBSD's pledge(2) to the Tor daemon, to a significant increase in the number of relays running a BSD on the Tor network, TDP imagines that somehow its presence began to fulfill its goals.