[tor-project] Nina’s Monthly Status Report: September 2023

Hi! Below is my Setember’23 report!

In September, I resolved 615 tickets:

On Telegram (@TorProjectSupportBot) - 367
On RT (frontdesk@tpo) - 236
On WhatsApp (+447421000612) - 9
and on Signal (+17787431312) - 3.

During that month I -

  1. Helped Russian-speaking users to bypass censorship: shared bridges and assisted with using them and troubleshooting;
  2. Collected user feedback;
  3. Helped to solve Tor Browser issues like:
  • antivirus software blocking Tor Browser[1]
  • bug “Pluggable Transport process terminated with status code 0”[2], which is fixed in 0.4.8.x, but Tor Browser stable still use 0.4.7.x Tor version.

The new attempts of the Russian government to block popular VPN protocols resulted in many users trying to use little-t-tor to proxy their connection and circumvent censorship, so I helped them to configure it.

In September we also answered many tickets related to the domain fronting issue [3].

I also helped the Tor Localization team reviewing some Russian terms and translations for the Tor Browser and the Tor Project website.

[1] https://forum.torproject.org/t/torbrowser-12-5-6-no-longer-flagged-by-windows-defender/9522
[2] https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/core/tor/-/issues/33669
[3] https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/applications/tor-browser/-/issues/42120