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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, and the Fremont Cabal 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 @EmeraldOnion on Twitter.
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

2021


2021 March 25 - began peering with BCIX in Berlin, Germany.
2021 March 24 - migrated 20 (of 37) relays to a new AMD Epyc 7402P system using HardenedBSD 13.
2021 February 5 - deployed a Signal TLS Proxy for Iranian Signal users.
2021 January 6 - upgraded the Seattle edge router to a MikroTik CCR1072-1G-8S+

2020


2020 August 10 - joined the League of Entropy to provide verifiable randomness as a service.
2020 June 27 - presented at ToorCon VirtualToor on Growing a 501c3 transit ISP for privacy infrastructure.
2020 June 17 - deployed a Point of Presence (POP) in Fremont, California with connectivity to FCIX, thanks to a Hurricane Electric donation.

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 Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 relay servers using HardenedBSD 12.
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 an Intel Xeon D-2146NT system using HardenedBSD 12.
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 an Intel Xeon D-1557 system.

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.