You’re Invited: State of the Onion 2021

Last year, we held our first 100% virtual State of the Onion, a compilation of updates from the Tor Project’s different teams discussing highlights of their work during the year and what we are excited about in the upcoming year. Our 2020 State of the Onion was our first time doing livestream iteration, and it was not only a great success because it allowed us to reach thousands of people all around the world, but also because it allowed for more projects from our community to participate, giving an opportunity for them to also share their updates.

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting the 2021 State of the Onion livestream on November 17 from 17:00 - 19:00 UTC .

This year we have another exciting program for you. Following last year’s program structure, we will start with updates from the Tor Project’s teams followed by updates from people in our community. Isabela Bagueros, our executive director, will be our host for the event.

Program

Note: we will be posting updates to the details column as they arrive from speakers.

Opening — Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director

Part I — The Tor Project

Topic Speaker Details
Censorship Circumvention Cecylia Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Applications & Tor Browser Richard Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
UX Team @duncan Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Applications & VPN Matt Finkel Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Community Team @gus Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Network Health @GeKo Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Metrics @hiro Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Shadow @jnewsome Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Tor network, little “t” tor Mike & @ahf Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Arti @nickm Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
TPA @anarcat Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Year End Fundraising @smith Al will share an update about the latest Tor fundraising campaign, Privacy is a Human Right, how the Tor Project advances that idea in our work, and how you can help advance privacy for everyone by making a donation to Tor.

Intermission — Roger Dingledine, Co-Founder

Part 2 — Tor Community

We have invited other projects who are part of the Tor community to present and share their updates.

Topic Speaker Details
The Guardian Project Nathan Freitas, Founder of the Guardian Project Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Library Freedom Project Alison Macrina, Leads the Library Freedom Project Library Freedom Project is an initiative bringing privacy education and tools to communities through the trusted space of their local library.Alison will share how in 2021 LFP has strengthened our community of privacy advocates, continued our intensive privacy trainings for librarians, and expanded our educational resources.
Calyx Institute Nick Merrill, Founder & Executive Director Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Open Observatory of Network Interference Arturo Filastò, Project Lead Arturo will present a summary of OONI highlights from 2021, the new tools they have been developing and new research that they have published. He will then briefly touch upon what they expect for the future going forward.
SecureDrop Conor Schaefer, Chief Technology Officer at Freedom of the Press Foundation Presentation on lessons learned migration of all SecureDrop instances to v3 onions, including future directions for human-readable naming,and an observation that authenticated onion services are awesome.
Ricochet Refresh Richard Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Localization Lab Dragana Kaurin Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Simply Secure Georgia Bullen Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.
Tails Sajolida Highlights of the year and upcoming projects.

The State of the Onion will be streamed over our YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag: #StateOfTheOnion2021, or post your questions and comments in the Youtube chat.

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