[tor] Re: Rokabear, Icelandic Hosting for Tor

  • From: grarpamp <grarpamp@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: torservers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 03:49:27 -0500

> a disturbing lack of geographic disparity.
> criterion major submarine cable connection hubs, such as Argentina.

Geographic distribution puts only the physical node into different
political/legal environment. As such, the operator may be isolated from
the legal whims of the node country. Yet all nodes are still subject to the
legal whims of the operators country.

Major hubs are just that, major. And in a sense, all countries are
merely customers of any given [or set of] global megacorp's pipes.
As such, there is not much win there when said corp can be ordered
to watch whatever is interesting, link it though timing, etc... regardless
of where the node is in the world.
If insulation from that is wanted, more investigation of the network
path to/from a node to the Tier-1's would be warranted. And the
protection would only extend insofar as one Tier-1 cannot see beyond
its peering into the internal traffic of another.
Also note that it's not just Layer3 routing insulation.
There are companies whose sole model is to lay, maintain and lease
cable at Layer0 to all buyers. The same isolation ideas apply there.
Then there is the matrix between the two to consider.
And clandestine operatives continue their own thing of course.

Spreading the love around is still very well warranted as a simple
means to approximate a solution to all that :)

> interested in running a node out of Iceland because there
> didn't seem to be any there yet.
> way to gain WORLD-wide acceptance/recognition of tor before countries
> can begin to legislate against hosting exit nodes.

Contact the Linux (LUGs) and freedom people in each country to
let them know they have a new node there or for sponsorship.

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