Lebanon Library To Support Tor, Causes Debate

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A huge debate between law enforcement and civil libertarians ensued after Kilton Public Library from Lebanon, New Hampshire, announced its intention to dedicate their computers to become part of the Tor network.

This decision was met with strong disapproval from the law enforcement authorities; but, the civil libertarians also found their voice in the matter.

Apparently, the library’s intention in this whole thing was inspired by the long-preserved tradition of libraries across the world and ages being known as institutions that provide knowledge to the people; they were always considered a synonym for a place where freedom of speech and intellectual freedom were practiced.

So, it was considered an evolutionary step – the decision of the library to actively participate in the Tor network.

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A huge debate between law enforcement and civil libertarians ensued after Kilton Public Library from Lebanon, New Hampshire, announced its intention to dedicate their computers to become part of the Tor network.

However, it didn’t go unnoticed – the Department of Homeland Security reached out to contact the library and express their concerns about the recent decision.

In their argument they pointed out the fact that the Tor network is used mostly by criminals, drug users and drug dealers, identity thieves, terrorists; it’s a tool for free distribution of child exploitations.

Your TOR usage is being watched

They stressed out that it would be inappropriate for a library to participate and support such a cause.

Whether the library’s officials knew of the dark alleys of the internet only Tor can access or not; the DHS managed to change their mind, and shortly after, the library pulled out of the project.

This, in turn, inspired Tor representatives, fighters for anonymity, freedom of speech and other Tor supporters to voice their opinion of the matter.

They felt that the DHS and the LE were putting massive pressure on the library to shut down their Tor network relay.

The act was described as inappropriate.

Furthermore, the libertarians have made a public explanation of what Tor actually is, and its main use.

They started their letter with:

“Dear Kilton Library community,

As guardians of knowledge and the freedom to read, librarians have long led the fight for free expression.

Lebanese flag in the middle of the book. Knowledge and education concept.
the library’s intention in this whole thing was inspired by the long-preserved tradition of libraries across the world and ages being known as institutions that provide knowledge to the people

In the Information Age – which has produced unprecedented access to information and mass surveillance – librarians are eager as ever to help their communities better understand and protect their privacy and intellectual freedom.”

They emphasized Tor’s many positive sides, mentioning that Tor, first of all, allows users to browse the internet without fear of the government agencies or companies spying on them.

Tor project is a non-profit organization, and the software can be downloaded for free by anyone.

Libertarians also pointed out that Tor is not used by criminals alone; many human rights activists, diplomats, journalists, and others who value privacy, use and support Tor network.

It is used by journalists in countries where freedom of speech is not valued by their governments; they can publish their work without being afraid of surveillance or even persecution.

Domestic violence survivors and victims use it too to preserve their anonymity from their ex or current partners.

Domestic violence survivors and victims use it too to preserve their anonymity from their ex or current partners.

Domestic violence survivors and victims use it too to preserve their anonymity from their ex or current partners.

The entire text of the document can be found here.

It has been signed by forty two people, mainly Tor network developers, other software developers, journalists, University professors, etc.

After seeing the interest stirred by this matter and reactions of the public, the Kilton Public Library started questioning whether their decision to give up on the Tor project was rash after all.

Tor NetworksAlison Macrina, the founder of the Library Freedom Project that brought Tor to Kilton Public Library, said that the risk of criminals using Tor is not a good enough reason to suspend the project. When talking about that, she said that “the city is not going to shut down its roads simply because some people choose to drive drunk.”

When talking about that, she said that “the city is not going to shut down its roads simply because some people choose to drive drunk.”

A person signed as Jason Max, made the similar, but even more sarcastic comment on the National Public Radio, complementing at first the FBI for their efforts to put a stop to illegal activities on the internet; and then challenging them to ban everything that people use inappropriately – from US mail delivery and cameras to cars because these can also be used for making and distributing child exploitation.

Both, Macrina and Max, have a point. Tor is nothing but a tool and all tools can be misused. Take medicines for example – a proper dosage can cure

Take medicines for example – a proper dosage can cure you, while overdosing can kill you, right? The key is in the way you use it and the purpose it is used for.

Tor remains a great tool for safe and secure communication, where and when it is not possible.

Tor network is still the only secure haven for them to practice one of the essential human rights –

Tor network is still the only secure haven for them to practice one of the essential human rights – right to the freedom of speech.

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