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posted by takyon on Saturday September 12 2015, @03:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the land-of-the-free-and-home-of-the-easily-coerced dept.

The Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, had been hosting an exit relay on the Tor network since July as part of a pilot program to safeguard citizens' privacy online.

After meeting with [local cops, tipped off by the US Department of Homeland Security], however, the librarians have taken the box offline over fears it was being used for criminal activity.

[...] Kilton's exit node was the pilot for an effort by the Library Freedom Project to equip local libraries in the US with Tor nodes that could be accessed by users in areas where internet traffic is censored and closely monitored.

ProPublica claims that the police did not threaten any action against the library, but merely informed them of the possibility that their Tor node could be used for criminal activity.

The library's board of trustees will vote later this month on whether to bring the node back online.

[...] The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it was starting a campaign to flood library trustees with letters of support for the node in an effort to get the Tor box back up and running in the Kilton Library.

Additional reporting here.


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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 12 2015, @08:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 12 2015, @08:17PM (#235674)

    > lthe ol' fallacy of "I was right about something and others were wrong so I am now proved to be right about everything."

    Also known as the "even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day" maxim.

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  • (Score: 2) by Mr Big in the Pants on Sunday September 13 2015, @09:58PM

    by Mr Big in the Pants (4956) on Sunday September 13 2015, @09:58PM (#236015)

    No, its not. That refers to claiming something static and being right as a shifting context makes an unfounded statement true.

    This is about making many unfounded claims and then once one of them becomes true you claim all the others are now also correct and you are some sort of genius.
    Similar to Nostradamus...but without the requirement of horrific vaguery and an army of people mangling what you actually said to try and make it fit.

    Nice attempt (NB: extreme sarcasm) at "reduct and dismiss", but you lack of depth on this one is embarrassing...