Surf Without Surveillance: Tor's Karen Reilly

“People are under the impression that the Internet is sort of anonymous by default,” says Karen Reilly, development director of the Tor Project. “They don’t know how many digital trails they’re leaving behind.”

As the latest NSA scandal has alerted the public to the threat of widespread government surveillance, Reilly shows us how to restore our privacy in the digital world. Reason TV editor Nick Gillespie spoke with Riley about Tor, a set of software encryption tools that empowers people to use email and surf the web anonymously. 

"There's a lot of everyday reasons why people would use Tor," Reilly says. "You don't necessarily have to be somebody who's under a particular threat to want privacy." Among the half million people who use Tor include victims of violence, people with medical conditions, people who don't trust their Internet service provider, and those who object to government surveillance on principle.

Runs about seven minutes.

Produced by Todd Krainin. Camera by Amanda Winkler and Krainin.

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  • anon||


  • LivFreeLand||

    She's pretty and intelligent.

  • Acosmist||

    Tor Johnson owns a woman?

  • ||

    This is valuable information. Well articulated, clearly and concisely presented. Overall, an excellent and informative video piece. Thank you once again, ReasonTV !

  • JWatts||

    So, I can finally click on the Article and not get a 404 Not Found error. I wasn't quite sure that an article entitled "Surf Without Surveillance" that leads to a 404 Not Found error was an actual error or cosmic irony.

  • Prime||

    I surf without underwear.

  • buybuydandavis||

    Electric Eye - Judas Priest

    Up here in space
    I'm looking down on you.
    My lasers trace
    Everything you do.
    You think you've private lives
    Think nothing of the kind.
    There is no true escape
    I'm watching all the time.
    I'm made of metal
    My circuits gleam.
    I am perpetual
    I keep the country clean.
    I'm elected electric spy
    I'm protected electric eye.
    Always in focus
    You can't feel my stare.
    I zoom into you
    You don't know I'm there.
    I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
    My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.
    I'm made of metal
    My circuits gleam.
    I am perpetual
    I keep the country clean.
    I'm elected electric spy
    I'm protected electric eye.
    Electric eye, in the sky
    Feel my stare, always there
    There's nothing you can do about it.
    Develop and expose
    I feed upon your every thought
    And so my power grows.
    I'm made of metal
    My circuits gleam.
    I am perpetual
    I keep the country clean.
    I'm elected electric spy
    I'm protected electric eye.
    I'm elected electric spy
    I'm elected. Protected. Detective. Electric eye.

  • ||

    Unfortunately monitoring of communications between your computer (ISP) to the entrance node of TOR and between the exit node from TOR to the destination is quite feasible. There is some thought that a significant proportion of the exit nodes may be government run shills. TOR is a good start. We really need more work on this especially on the teaching end.

  • umh||

    I really can't bring myself to trust the TOR network. I played with it and at one time ran a TOR router for a while. I think that there are to few TOR routers in operation for it to be considered secure and with the police in this country more than willing to kick in doors I didn't want any illegal traffic entering the Internet from my residence.

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