#19690 assigned task
Tonga (Bridge Authority) Permanent Shutdown Notice
Reported by: shamrock
Owned by: isis
Priority: Very High
Milestone: Tor: 0.2.8.x-final
Tor/DirAuth Version: Tor: 0.2.8.5-rc
Given recent events, it is no longer appropriate for me to materially contribute
to the Tor Project either financially, as I have so generously throughout
the years, nor by providing computing resources. This decision does not come
lightly; I probably ran one of the first five nodes in the system and my
involvement with Tor predates it being called "Tor" by many years.
Nonetheless, I feel that I have no reasonable choice left within the bounds
of ethics, but to announce the discontinuation of all Tor-related services
hosted on every system under my control.
Most notably, this includes the Tor node "Tonga", the "Bridge Authority",
which I recognize is rather pivotal to the network
Tonga will be permanently shut down and all associated crytographic keys
destroyed on 2016-08-31. This should give the Tor developers ample time to
stand up a substitute. I will terminate the chron job we set up so many years
ago at that time that copies over the descriptors.
In addition to Tonga, I will shut down a number of fast Tor relays, but the
directory authorities should detect that shutdown quickly and no separate
notice is needed here.
I wish the Tor Project nothing but the best moving forward through those