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Tor Project Announces New Code of Conduct After Appelbaum Scandal

In a statement on the Tor blog, the executive director of the organization, Shari Steele,  announced that the Tor Project is implementing new policies and procedures to prevent future incidents. The incident in question would be the sexual assault allegations against one of the Tor Project’s leading developers, Jacob Appelbaum.

Several months ago the organization promised they would complete a full investigation into the sexual assault allegations – as of July 27, 2016, the investigation has been completed.

For several years, rumors had been spreading about Appelbaum’s behavior, yet he remained a prominent member of the Tor community and contributor to some of the Wikileaks articles. Appelbaum was one of the few who had access to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s top secret documents and he continued contributing as a journalist to the publication of those documents. He even attended security conventions while the sexual misconduct accusations came flying in – he just ignored them.

He eventually acknowledged and started denying the accusations, but as more reports surfaced it became clear that action had to be taken. On the 25th of May, 2016, Appelbaum stepped down.

After Appelbaum stepped down, the Tor Project investigation was in full swing and was led by a professional investigator. Steele says, in the statement, that the investigator discovered “inappropriate behavior” from two other members of the organization. While their identities remain a mystery, Steele claims they are no longer involved with the Tor Project.

“Many people inside and outside the Tor Project have reported incidents of being humiliated, intimidated, bullied and frightened by Jacob, and several experienced unwanted sexually aggressive behavior from him. Some of those incidents have been shared publicly, and some have not,” Steele wrote in the statement.

The new board of directors, according to the statement, approved the creation of a structure for reporting and addressing harassment complaints, as well as new policies to protect individuals from harassment and conflict-of-interest issues.

“I believe these new policies and practices will make the Tor Project and the Tor community significantly healthier and stronger. I want to thank all the people who broke the silence around Jacob’s behavior. It is because of you that this issue has now been addressed. I am grateful you spoke up, and I acknowledge and appreciate your courage,” Steele addresses the community.

The new policies, guidelines, and a code of conduct will be finalized after September’s upcoming developer meeting.

7 comments

  1. I call BS on this. We have gone too far with the feminist agenda and all this political correctness. What they call ‘inappropriate conduct’ was probably some guide seeing all this pussy and wanting some. Not that I find those liberal feminist nazis particularly attractive myself.

  2. Replacing Applebaum should be great for making everyone feel more welcome in the tor community.

    • Al Buddy

      Really? I don’t approve of gay marriage and feminism, I dislike muslims and commies, and really enjoy sexism. Am I welcome?

  3. Hey mr nazi,i mean mr “wtf”,learn how to behave like a civilized person,stop blaming the victims and take some damn responsibility for your gender huh? who the fuck thinks its ok to grab a womans genitals, jerk off in front of her then have the balls to blame her for feeling some kind if way about your pigish “nature”.it can’t be wrong if your dick told you to do it right? Kill yourself motherfucker. Idiotic rednecks who are fossils and WILL die off aside, can we really trust these board of directors? It seems a bit convenient for a scandle that targets tor to occur then instead of just replacing that one guy there’s a new board around the same time? Sketchy.

    • Mr. Nazi

      If you don’t want a man to stroke his erection in front of you or grab your genitals then don’t bait him into such situations. Don’t string him along that you are into him and play it cold and hot.

      Enough with all this feminist BS about men acting like men when they see sluts getting their pussy on display. Showing your cleavage and your tiny string is not ok if you want to be treated like a lady.

      If you want some liberal leader to lead the way, then ask the feminist Obama to take presidency of Tor the way he did with the country.

  4. Is TOR now cucked?

  5. Jacob didn’t do anything wrong. Dress / talk like an over mothered apple fanboy douche? Sure. Have a horrid Ron Howard/Opie haircut? Absolutely. Start every sentence with the word “SO” like Edward Snowden? Check. But all of this sexual misconduct stuff if pure crap, hyped up propoganda. Dont believe it.
    This entire thing was setup by the intelligence agencies as a means of discrediting him/stopping him from speaking in public.
    (WITHOUT the “Guy Fawkes” mask)

    But hey, thanks for “changing the world”.

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