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The Case of Brazil Relays

290 words by gman999 written on 2015–11–12, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: brazil, meetconf, relays, torPrevious post: TB 5.0.3 Packages Updated, AgainNext post: PETs Porting Targets

Just a short note about the Brazil relays implemented after BSDCon Brasil. Before the early October conference, it seems there was only one public Tor relay. After the event, there are up to five or six relays maintained by two separate individuals. It’s understood that some bridges also joined the Tor network also, but we don’t have any direct evidence.

It’s not an enormous leap in relay numbers for Brazil, but adding a handful of relays to a country that only had around 20 is significant. More importantly, it seems that the new BSD relays contribute a decent amount of bandwidth.

However, there is a discrepancy between the “Tor Status” data provided by and Part of this might be answered by the fact that both are statically updating at different intervals. Olaf Selke of, also notes that the “observed bandwidth” numbers are diffferent since only shows the average bandwidth based on the “extra-info” descriptor while other sites, including, display the peak bandwidth.

However, there still seems to be discrepancies beyond the “observed bandwidth” field, which we will look at further in the future. For instance, a bunch of AWS Tor relays appeared on the other day and remained for a few days, but never showed up on And more oddly, all the relays quickly remained highest bandwidth providers for a few days, in contrast to the normal trajectory of a relay.

For now, either site is useful for giving a broad picture of the public Tor network. It is true that the Brazil relays look at a lot more significant in terms of observed bandwidth at

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