Back in 2014, the Torproject ran Tor Summer of Privacy, a chance for developers to contribute code and help make Tor even stronger. Each coder was paired a core Tor developer who mentored them, provided guidance and encouragement, and helped with rubber-duck debugging.
This year, in order to encourage developers to contribute to the world’s strongest privacy tool, the Torproject is running Summer of Privacy again! The program is open to anyone, but the mentorship opportunities make it an especially good fit for students. After our Outreachy internships, this is the second paid opportunity to get involved with Tor so far this year.
Use Your Skills
The Torproject has a handful of projects in mind for this year. The volunteer page has full details — there are projects covering almost every part of Tor, from creating a Tor client in Python to stripping metadata from file uploads in Tor Browser. If none of these projects jump out at you — get in touch and propose your own! If your project idea is accepted, the Torproject will mentor you and help bring it to life.
Tor’s Summer of Privacy program matches Google’s Summer of Code student stipends.
Applying for the Tor Summer of Privacy is as easy as sending a project proposal to the Summer of Privacy mailing list. If you’re looking for an idea of what proposals should look like, see these examples of GSOC projects from previous years. The application phase officially begins on March 12th and ends on March 26th. The Torproject will announce the successful applications on April 20th.