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Sponsoring the Tor project with content delivery services

Aug 12, 2016 in Security,Customers

Fastly has historically supported many open source projects. We’re happy to announce that Fastly now provides sponsored Content Delivery for the Tor Project. TorBrowser updates are served over the Fastly network, taking load off of the Tor Project's backend servers and speeding up downloads for end users.

Tor offers free, open source software that provides online anonymity for users by bouncing their connection through a series of servers distributed across the globe before it reaches its destination. These servers, also called "Tor relays," are run by 7,000 individual volunteers and associations. Tor allows a wide range of speech and debate that would not be possible otherwise and is used by journalists, activists, and many other Internet users who desire privacy. Tor software is recommended by civil liberties advocates, law enforcement, military, and many other organizations.

When you use Tor, the web site you are visiting will not be able to determine your identity (unless you yourself volunteer it).

This is illustrated in a set of helpful graphs by the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

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Fastly does not store customer request logs, so we do not store logs for downloads of the Tor Browser. Many of us on the security team at Fastly value the service the Tor Project provides to the Internet community, and we’re happy to be able to contribute to their initiative.

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Maarten Van Horenbeeck | VP of Security Engineering

Maarten Van Horenbeeck is the Vice President of Security Engineering at Fastly. He is also a Board member, and former Chairman, of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the largest association of security teams, counting 300 members in over 70 countries. Prior to his work at Fastly, Maarten managed the Threat Intelligence team at Amazon, and worked on the security teams at Google and Microsoft. Maarten has a master’s degree in Information Security from Edith Cowan University, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Relations. When not working, he enjoys backpacking, sailing and collecting first edition travel literature.

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