January was less productive than I'd hoped due to extended illness, but there were several key wins, including:
- Amazing hackathon experience with OpenITP, with excellent feedback on both usability and features
- Better-integrated with Chrome API
- Was granted a Tor Project LDAP account, which will allow me to push changes to their gitweb
- Lots of discussions with at-risk activists whose networks use flash proxy
- Discussions with Cupcake users (the other side of the at-risk activist flash proxy equation)
- Removed the iframe from Chrome extension, opting instead to bundle flashproxy.js within. This obviates certain possible issues with network interference and sudden failures in coffee shops.
After user feedback and developer feedback, new design wireframing has begun, to better incorporate suggested features. Peter Park sketched up a new layout, and I'm bringing it to fruition because it's awesome. The awake/asleep icon ideas are so. ridiculously. cute.
Better integration with Chrome's API means that status is now visible as a change to status icon. Most of this API integration is due to the work of the amazing hackathon participants, particularly Andrew Nguyen (no relation).
Plan for February is to implement most of the remaining changes recommended by people at the UI/UX hackathon, and to talk to more game developers about bundling in Cupcake+flashproxy. I do believe that collaborations will prove to be a key aspect of deployment, and related discussions continue.
Obtaining a Tor git/LDAP account was non-trivial, and alleviates several concerns that I had about workflow. At a lunch meeting post-hackathon, core Tor developer and I discussed the future of Cupcake, flash proxy, my censorship research, policymaking for large websites, and onion routing as a whole.
Among other things, the lunch led to my creating a new onion routing concept. Proof-of-concept network pencilled in for late 2014, but right now it just exists as a solid design with a fairly minimal amount of code behind it. I can't stop thinking about it.
I was also formally invited to the Tor Dev meeting, and thus I will be in Reykjavik from February 19th-23rd. No word yet on whether I'll get to meet the Ice King, but if I'm lucky I might get drunk with Parliament.
Currently pushing for a patch to the new PT-TBB that would allow people to toggle automatic port-forwarding (which existed in Vidalia-based browser bundles). Particularly in the key flash proxy regions, the standard ports are blocked nationwide, but most users only notice that "it doesn't work." Working with activists in some key regions to distribute updated/patched bundles and fill specific open-source software needs/requests via torrent.
I just turned 29. =) And my main net filter research box got wiped for the third time in three months. >:( Currently looking into other providers in the same locations, though now expecting to not be able to gather enough data to write a paper before a specific deadline.
A lot got done, and I'm really excited. ^_^ Super special thanks to Andrew Nguyen, Stephanie Nguyen Logan Powell, Kaytee Nesmith, Gus Andrews, Matt M, Willow Brugh, Ella Saita, David Huerta, and SO many more people who contributed and helped me keep my sanity during the event. So many people want to remain unmentioned, but their help and support is (as always) enormously helpful. I am ever-grateful for this community and the way that they so freely give their precious little time and energy to positive projects. <3
Bonus adorable photo:
Feb 5th, 2014