Spreading the good word about Tor and the BeagleBone Black

I presented a few slides on Tor, the BeagleBone Black (BBB), and my BeagleBone Black Tor relay tonight.  I think it went over well.  There were some people who hadn’t heard of the BBB and they were excited about using it in all sorts of ways.  On the Tor side, the question were more technical.  The Tor project is an impressive example of security and anonymity engineering; even the NSA thinks so.

There was a good question about the practicality of the BBB’s hardware random number generator.  I ceded to this point as I have yet to see much documentation (besides a marketing white paper) on the technical details of the HW_RNG.  In response to my thread on the mailing list, somebody recommend looking into haveged, which seems to be a good way to gather entropy on headless servers.  Anyway, my last message to the list outlines my next steps.

I’m happy to be the local BeagleBone Black and Tor Evangelist!


Opportunity for public comment on NSA surveillance

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is seeking public comment on:

how in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.

Thanks to the EFF for finding this opportunity.

This was my response:

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