Tor Exit Node Sponsorship - looking for partners

Di 11 Mai 2010 by Moritz

At the moment, 25% of all traffic exits through Blutmagie (thanks Olaf!). I guess we all agree that this situation is far from optimal.

Judging from the number of requests in the last months where people were looking for friendly ISPs, help with setting up, running and managing Tor nodes, and especially abuse handling advice, I think there is enough interest to fund another big node.

I’ve been in contact with several ISPs lately, asking specifically for high bandwidth Tor exit node hosting. I have also added their responses to the GoodBadISPs wiki.

What I am planning is either a large node (split like Blutmagie), if I can find enough people to sponsor it, and/or smaller nodes on virtual machines, eg. for hidden services hosting. I will personally order the machine, manage it, keep Tor(s) running with mostly unrestricted exit policies and handle all abuse. The companies selected will not shut down the serve but pass all abuse to me, WHOIS notices will be adjusted when possible (unfortunately, only a few of them offered that), RDNS and notice pages will be set up accordingly.

I know that this is a controversial topic, and that it would be better to have completely independent nodes, but I hope that I can earn your trust. I will happily sign an agreement that I will not log/sniff traffic. :-) The configuration will be published among sponsors.

I am open to suggestions here: You as a sponsor might also be interested in an additional private VPN service, or use the large drive space as backup purposes, I2P etc. You can of course also be mentioned on the notice page as sponsor, complete with your company logo.

If you’re interested, feel free to contact me directly. Tell me what you’d want to give, and what you’d expect for your money.

At the moment, I am thinking about something like these (monthly):

$200 100TB - $160 100Mbit/s - 50€ 10Mbit/s -

All depending on how many people are willing to participate.

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