@librarianbryan Bryan this rules!!! The breadth of info you’re covering in 90 minutes is amazing, and that audience is perfect. Did you specifically advertise to directors w/o library science degrees? What resonated with them most? I love beginning with a spectrum exercise, and it’s especially great with an audience like this where you don’t actually know where they’re going to fall (it gets a little harder with people who went to library school who have already been somewhat initiated into The Gospel of Privacy).
Looking at your Tor relay stuff now…
Okay my overall feeling is that I love this path that you took. You really put in the work normalizing Tor, educating people, and getting feedback. More thoughts below:
On the previous episode of get your library to host a Tor relay
I wrote “Tor nodes” but Alison corrected me
Did I correct you? I didn’t mean to. Nodes is also an acceptable term.
anyone wanted Tor camera stickers for their gizmos.
PROPAGANDA WORKS! But no really, cute and friendly stickers do a surprising amount of work getting people onboard with Tor. Do you need more? I can send you more.
With as soft a touch as possible, I explained I just wanted a non-malicious website unblocked, and not to install anything on work or public PCs.
Really smart to do it this way. If you chip away little by little then people tend not to get anxious about it, and you can address little pieces of the underlying assumptions that have led them to this kind of blocking behavior.
My supervisor pointed out that that was kind of absurd to “block proxies” considering we use EZproxy for majority of our resources. I went ahead and installed Tor Browser on my work laptop.
Metro IT Liaison said Administrator X previously approached them about a relay after the publicity in Kilton. At the time, Metro IT Liaison shot down the idea saying it would eliminate our E-Rate funding. I explained to Administrator X this interpretation was due to confusion between the Tor relays and Tor Browser.
It also seems like a misunderstanding of the requirements of E-rate funding. You are required to put filters on, but you are supposed to let adult users use the computers without the filters, so, yeah.
You can see my relay here.
It appears to be currently offline. Is that intentional?
and then hibernate the relay until the next month. I didn’t break anything, but I’ll have to wait until next month to see if the limits work.
Ah I see, it IS intentional.
The Tor documentation was clear if a little scattershot.
I would love to hear more feedback about this if you want to give it to me. I helped write those docs/create that resource, and I want to make sure it’s good.
One thing I am curious about is the guard and middle probability. I need to research that more.
Did you read this blog post? You might find the answers you are looking for there.
That’s where we are…
This is all very exciting! As far as next steps go, if there is interest and if it would help, I might be able to assist with getting some Tor people to come to Nashville and do some talks or trainings to help bolster support for the relay. Let me know what you think.