This is the version of Home posted November 9, 2013.


What is tor2web and jot2tor

Aaron Swartz worked of both these projects for several years until his death on January 13.

Tor2web is a conduit between the TOR darknet and the regular internet allowing internet users to browse/view .onion websites. This allows users on the larger internet to easily read material that has already been anonymously published on a TOR hidden service.

Jot2tor makes it easier for users to publish with military strength anonymity. In short it's running the code underlying as a Tor hidden service.

Things to do: tor2web

  • Put TOR on Amazon EC2
  • Fix any of these:
  • Let google be able to search .onion, i.e.
  • Caching needs to work (have template written out)
  • Ensure users don't access jot2tor over tor2web?

Things to do: jot2tor

  • Put EC2 box onto Tor network.
  • Get jottit code running on box. (ask your local lead for sourecode)
  • Determine if any caching/etc. needed to mitigate TOR’s slowness effect on User Experience.
  • Test posts made in Chinese, Arabic, other non-English langauges
  • Threat model new service


  • Python/Ruby and UNIX-fu
  • basic git
  • bonus skill: Heroku experience
  • bonus skill: familiar with EC2 / TOR / TOR-cloud
  • bonus skill: unix-guru


Hackathon Leads (who to ask)