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Dear Friend of Privacy,
When you are building software, your work is not always about adding new features; often, it’s about fixing bugs. We know you understand it’s very important to fix bugs we encounter in our software—especially bugs that create security problems. But it can be hard to raise money for this type of work, since maintenance is not as exciting as a cool new feature. That’s why we decided to create our Bug Smash Fund. In 2019, we closed 74 bug, security, and maintenance tickets with your support.
Today, we need your help to replenish the Bug Smash Fund.
We still have 19 open tickets in the queue, and as you know, bugs and security issues are part of maintaining a software project. Your donation today will build up the reserve of funds that keep Tor Browser, the Tor network, and the many tools that rely on Tor strong, safe, and running smoothly.
Every donation Tor receives during the month of August will count towards the Bug Smash Fund. You can help us be prepared for what bugs may come, and in turn, we can better help keep millions of people around the world safe online and an entire ecosystem of tools healthy.
Your donation today will go towards the Bug Smash Fund and be earmarked for these bugs and maintenance projects. This work includes responding quickly to security bugs and emergency releases. It also helps to cover regular maintenance, which is just as important to keeping Tor users safe.
Want to keep up with the work we’re doing with this fund? There are three ways: (1) follow the “BugSmashFund” gitlab ticket tag, (2) watch the blog for updates about the progress of these tickets, and (3) make a donation and opt in for our newsletter to get updates directly to your inbox.
Yours in Privacy,
The Tor Project
P.S. Want to help smash bugs by contributing anonymously, with cryptocurrency, or by postal mail? Here’s how.
The Tor Project is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advancing human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open-source anonymity and privacy technologies, supporting their unrestricted availability and use, and furthering their scientific and popular understanding. Contributions are tax-deductible in the United States to the full extent of the law.