Tor in the Media: 2020
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Hi! My name is Maria Violante, and I'm one of two Outreachy interns for Tor Project for Winter 2020/2021.
I'm thrilled to share with you the results of my internship thus far: the Anonymous Ticket Portal, which allows individuals to submit instant, anonymous tickets to participate in GitLab repos without signing up for a GitLab account or disclosing any personal data.

Keep reading to find out how you can participate in and benefit from the Anonymous Ticket Portal!

Why Anonymous Ticketing?

Currently, before making a bug report to one of Tor's repos, users must sign up for a GitLab account via the TicketLobby ( Although this is the right approach for many users, it has its limitations:

It's overkill for the occasional or one-time bug reporter.

The delay between requesting a GitLab account and approval by a moderator means bug reports are lost, as people may not return to submit their bug or remember the circumstances that provoked the bug in the first place.

Many privacy-focused Tor users don't feel comfortable providing their email for a bug report.

This anonymous ticketing portal is designed to circumvent these limitations, resulting in more complete, private bug reporting, and includes the following features:

Lightning-fast, Anonymous (and Lazy) User Interface

Instead of username and password, the Anonymous Ticket Portal's authentication system mirrors Freedom of the Press Foundation's Secure Drop (, in that potential bug reporters receive a code phrase of six random words from the EFF's New Wordlists for Random Passphrases. (

(An example of user identifier code phrase generation.)

Once the user approves their code phrase, they are redirected to a bookmarkable landing page that allows them to browse and search projects and issues or instantly create their first issue/note using GitLab Flavored Markdown (

(A sample user landing view.)

As they navigate through the system, their…
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