Counter Power Lab

Principal Investigator(s): 
Vern Paxson and Sadia Afroz

In this collaborative project with UC Berkeley, ICSI PIs are working with the lead developer of the "Snowflake" censorship circumvention system to refine the code for production deployment in both the Tor Browser Bundle and as a stand-alone application. The work includes developing instrumentation to measure the usage of Snowflake as its deployment rolls out and analyzing the results to assess Snowflake's impact on enabling circumvention. In addition, ICSI PIs are engaging in analyzing the countermeasures that censors employ against technologies based on domain fronting, and identifying responses to resist those countermeasures.

This research is supported by the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.