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Emerald Onion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and transit internet service provider (ISP) based in Seattle, WA. Emerald Onion's mission is to protect privacy, anonymity, access to information, and free speech online. To further that mission, Emerald Onion operates high capacity, fully open Tor exit routers with connectivity to the Seattle Internet Exchange. Emerald Onion envisions a world where access and privacy are the defaults; if we do not have human rights online, we will not have them offline, either.

Status


Connect with Emerald Onion on Twitter @EmeraldOnion
View Emerald Onion's routers on Tor Project's Relay Search.
View the Tor network's exit relay distribution here (top 10) or here (bubble graph).

History

2019


2019 August 8 - the overclocked Intel i7-8086k system became the fastest Tor relay, and Emerald Onion's total advertised bandwidth reached 10.9 Gbps (symmetrical)
2019 June 24 - added an Intel QuickAssist Adapter 8950 to the overclocked Intel i7-8086k relay and migrated its OS to CentOS
2019 June 21 - reached top 4 of exit families, 5.65% exit probability, at 8.9 Gbps (symmetrical) advertised bandwidth
2019 June 10 - migrated the Intel Xeon D-2146NT edge router to VyOS
2019 May 13 - deployed two 16-core relay servers using HardenedBSD
2019 May 1 - reached 3.05% exit probability at 4.6 Gbps (symmetrical) advertised bandwidth
2019 April 27 - reached top 5 of exit families at 4.04 Gbps (symmetrical) advertised bandwidth
2019 April 15 - reached top 10 of exit families
2019 April 8 - migrated edge router to Intel Xeon D-2146NT using HardenedBSD
2019 April 2 - deployed 40-core relay server using HardenedBSD and Ansible-Relayor
2019 April 1 - upgraded to 10 Gbps transit (WAN) and completed ROA deployment with ARIN
2019 March 12 - reached top 11 of exit families
2019 March 6 - deployed 10 Gbps high-availability switching (LAN)
2019 February 24 - upgraded edge router to Intel Xeon D-1557

2018


2018 December 9 - completed IRR deployment with ARIN
2018 November 14 - deployed an overclocked (Intel i7-8086k at 5.2 GHz) relay using Ubuntu
2018 August 10 - presented Emerald Onion to DEF CON 26
2018 June 30 - moved to WBX and upgraded SIX link to 10 Gbps
2018 June 2 - migrated edge router from pfSense to HardenedBSD
2018 March 26 - published first transparency report
2018 March 14 - included in Duck Duck Go's Privacy Challnege fundraiser

2017


2017 October 27 - 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status approved by the United States IRS
2017 September 22 - reached top 12 of exit families
2017 August 19 - deployed DNSSEC for forward and reverse lookup zones
2017 July 19 - assigned IPv4 /24 from ARIN
2017 July 11 - reached 1 Gbps (symmetrical) actual bandwidth
2017 July 7 - deployed 1 Gbps link to Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX)
2017 July 2 - assigned AS 396507 by ARIN and turned on first exit relays
2017 June 30 - assigned IPv6 /36 from ARIN
2017 June 19 - deployed emeraldonion.org
2017 June 15 - nonprofit incorporation approved by Washington's Secretary of State