The Valley News reports (here) that the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, NH, has turned back on its Tor server, which was shut after police raised questions. It sounds like it was a polite, intelligent discussion – a rarity these days:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had alerted city officials to the fact that Tor sometimes is used by criminals to distribute child pornography or illegal drugs, among other abuses. At Tuesday’s meeting, both Deputy City Manager Paula Maville and Deputy Police Chief Phillip Roberts said they had not intended to “strong-arm” the library board into making a particular decision.
Maville said the issue shouldn’t be viewed as pitting freedom of speech against law enforcement, or the city of Lebanon against the Department of Homeland Security. “This is about making an informed decision,” she said. “Whatever you need to do, we’re here to support that.
If you need a very quick brushup on Tor, try this one.