May 27, 2022

First Tor Relay From a Canadian Library Opens at Western University

Western University is located in London, Ontario.

From Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:

Western’s librarians were so taken by [Library Freedom Project Founder Alison] Macrina’s presentation that they’ve turned on Canada’s first library-based Tor node. There is no clear law in Canada about libraries and Tor, and Macrina and the Western library folks say they’re spoiling for a fight.

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From the Western University:

“We know information privacy is important to our students, many of whom are currently or will be librarians or other information professionals,” said Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor and an adviser on the project. “Students have been clamoring for opportunities to build their technical skills in this area, while also adhering to the principles of librarianship that support private and unfettered access to information. This endeavor unites both.”

Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) student and Computing Services Student Assistant Lindsay Taylor agrees. “Because today’s information exchanges are so reliant on the technological systems we use, I think it’s really important for information professionals to know how they work. We need to understand how privacy breaches occur, through surveillance and data insecurity, so that we can prevent them, for our patrons and for ourselves.”

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See Also: Privacy: What’s New With Tor, “State of the Onion” Presentation at 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (Video)

See Also: New Hampshire: Kilton Library’s Tor Relay is Back Online (September 16, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.