May 18, 2022

New Hampshire: Kilton Library’s Tor Relay is Back Online

The decision to reactivate the Tor Relay after it was taken offline (it’s now back online) came Tuesday night after a library board meeting and vote by library trustees in Lebanon, New Hampshire.2015-09-16_03-04-20

The relay was taken offline after a letter from the Dept. of Homeland Security was sent to state authorities.

The Kilton Library is part of Lebanon Public Libraries.

Coverage and Comments

Statement From The Tor Project (via Twitter)

From New Hampshire Public Radio

Library officials in Lebanon have agreed to resume support of Tor, an anonymous web browsing service.


Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project attended the meeting. She helped the Kilton Library set up the node.

“We think that this is going to engender even more support, even more relays, and Kilton is standing at the top of that pyramid, so we’re just totally thrilled about this,” she says.

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From The Valley News:

At Tuesday’s meeting, both Deputy City Manager Paula Maville and Deputy Police Chief Phillip Roberts said they had not intended to “strong-arm” the library board into making a particular decision.

“We simply came in as law enforcement and said, ‘These are the concerns,’ ” Roberts said during the meeting. “We wanted to inform everyone so it was an educated decision by everyone involved.”


Reading (Vt.) Public Library Trustee Mildred Waterfall came to Lebanon for Tuesday’s meeting and said the Reading board will discuss hosting a Tor relay at its next meeting.

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See Also: Privacy tool protects felons – and freedom (via BetaBoston)

2015-09-16_03-04-10Twitter Streams With Coverage, Comments, and Worth Following Moving Forward

1. @Flexlibris (Alison Macrina, Founder/Director, Library Freedom Project)

2. @Nhleblibraries (Sean Fleming, Director of the Kilton Public Library)

3. @EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

4. @TorProject

Worth Noting

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports 4,314 people signed their petition of support.


“First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email” (September 10, 2015)

About Gary Price

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