In late December, citizens in Iran used phones, computers and other devices to organize and share info about their protests against the government. The Iranian government responded by blocking access to Instagram, Telegram and other social media and messaging platforms. Stats released from the Tor Project showed a sharp increase at the end of December as people flocked to Tor in order to circumvent the government’s internet censorship.
The use of Tor doubled by the end of December. Tor use dropped again in January while Tor bridge use went up; because Iran blocked relay IPs, Iran’s internet users weren’t able to directly connect to the Tor network so they use bridges to hide traffic and connect.
The Onion Pi is essentially “Tor in a box” — it’s a small portable device that runs the anonymizing browser, Tor (“The Onion Router”). Not everyone who wants to browse anonymously can install Tor on their device, laptop, or work computer, and not all devices have Ethernet ports.
The end result is an easy to use, small, portable, low-power privacy gateway that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB Wi-Fi adapter, and Ethernet cable. Find an entire starter kit here.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.