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Set up Furry Network with a Tor hidden service

mewrei 4 years ago updated by Digby (Community Manager) 3 years ago 2

As mass surveillance grows in the US and UK, it may become favorable to use anonymizing services like Tor to protect the privacy of furs and their browsing habits. However, doing so results in relying on the total bandwidth of exit nodes in Tor (historically a very limited service). Setting up a Tor hidden service rather evades this entire bandwidth limitation (as well as potentially mitigating using exit nodes as attack proxies or monitoring systems). Previously, Facebook has unveiled their Tor hidden service and proven it's scalable.

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At this moment, we aren't going to consider setting up a TOR hidden service. If people do wish to peruse the website with anonymity, there are other services currently available to do so.

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As an aside for future thoughts on this topic already, setting up a Tor Hidden Service may do more in the future then simply allow people from Britain (and elsewhere) being given a luxury of viewing such sites as FurAffinity and Furry Network without being tracked and recorded as doing to in a company-held database for a year.

With legislation such as the Digital Economy Bill, which has now passed through UK parliament, it will soon be both a requirement to have a website identify the person attempting to access adult material, and thereby that person's online adult activities to be recorded. This bill also specifies that websites showing "non-conventional sexual acts" will be completely banned from the UK's internet access in a method more draconian then the Great Firewall of China (with technology based on it, too), which would certainly include many top viewed Furry websites.


In short, something such as a TOR Hidden Service, or other methods, would protect the privacy of people in the UK from now on, and in the future it looks like it will enable people in the UK to be able to continue to access furry websites in the future.

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At this moment, we aren't going to consider setting up a TOR hidden service. If people do wish to peruse the website with anonymity, there are other services currently available to do so.