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27th October: How to browse the regular web anonymously using Tor

To address the concerns of some members of the Sussex academic community who are currently studying/researching overseas, and to support you as best we can, next week’s Digital Tuesday will look at how to browse the regular web anonymously using Tor.

Tor enables ‘onion routing’ (routing traffic through multiple servers with encryption at each stage) which gives anonymity by making your IP address unidentifiable. The concept was first developed at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in 1995 with the Tor code later being released freely and openly in 2002. The Tor browser was introduced in 2008 making it much easier to use the network. For example, as the Tor Project explain:

Tor was an instrumental tool during the Arab Spring beginning in late 2010. It not only protected people's identity online but also allowed them to access critical resources, social media, and websites which were blocked. www.torproject.org/about/history/

This asynchronous session will pull together resources from LinkedInlearning, a platform that Sussex students and staff now have access to. It will explain how the Tor network operates along with how you can download and use the Tor browser anonymously.

Follow the link below from 11am on Tuesday 27th October, at a time that suits you best depending where in the world you may be.

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