Progress Update - Happy New Torservers Year 2012

Mi 25 Januar 2012 by Moritz

It’s still early enough to say Happy New Year and welcome another year worth fighting for net freedom…

Anyway, it’s been quite some time since I last sent an update to this list. I really recommend everyone to follow our twitter account @torservers or use the RSS feed

We nearly “lost” our NL exits due to lack of funding, but thanks to word of mouth and recommendations by a number of you (thanks!) and Twitter marketing we got 480 Euro in cash at 28C3, quite a number of Paypal donations and 3000 Euro in Bitcoins (!). Law enforcement inquiries are roughly one per two months, to that’s fairly low in my opinion. Our lawyer has not yet been contacted over anything, and the general abuse is low overall.

I hate how I do not meet my own standards in being transparent about donations and server fees. We have to prepare a statement for the tax authorities within the next months, and by then I hope to have everything ready to a point where we can finally have everything published. I still need to do cleanup due to earlier donations that went to my personal bank/paypal etc. We have not spend money on anything other than exit bandwidth (I pay for domain and mail hosting, and AS250 sponsors webspace).

We currently do ~600 Mbit/s (per direction) on Gbit in the USA. We do another 400-500 Mbit/s in NL. Recently, we hit a bug/limit in the Linux kernel (and together with Tor devs hopefully found a workaround for that). Julian now maintains one of our boxes on FreeBSD for testing, but there Tor has some other bug we need to fix.

As you probably know, I will be travelling across Europe starting March (at least until Oct/Nov) [ ]. Julian Wissmann and Christian Pfaab will take over administration, two close friends who “meet the requirements”. Julian is already responsible for our Abuse phone hotline now (German law enforcement either calls or sends a fax; we tell them we don’t log anything, they accept that, sometimes argue a bit, but in the end the law is on our side).

Thanks to everyone who encourages and supports us, especially Fejk and Regexp, who got this going by giving me the first serious money (and their trust), and to Mike from DefaultRoute. :-)

Another thanks to the now deceased exit in Australia. Richard from Network Presence was among the first ISPs to donate bandwidth, and kept that up for a very long time even though bandwidth in AU is prohibitively expensive - that’s also the reason why it’s gone now. Thanks!

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