Tor incentives

Tyler Durden camera_lumina at
Tue Feb 6 10:41:25 PST 2007 there some way how hard can it be to run a Tor node in another 
counry? Why do Torrites run them in their own country? In other words, the 
German exit node operator should run one in the US or Canada, or vice versa.
Why wouldn't people do this? Is there any pracical limitation?

>From: Eugen Leitl <eugen at>
>To: Peter Thoenen <eol1 at>, coderman at, 
>cypherpunks at
>Subject: Re: Tor incentives
>Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 19:22:52 +0100
>On Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 09:17:35AM -0800, Peter Thoenen wrote:
> > > I'm no longer running an exit because I got tired to
> > > be harassed by the police.
>Well, being harassed is perhaps overstating it; but since sever
>other local Tor operators got their (domestic) node seized, and
>since my last fax/phone contact with the Bundeskriminalamt
>investigator was about kiddie pr0n I decided to not risk
>getting my domestic equipment confiscated -- I need it for work.
>(Also, getting police in your domestic space is never pleasant,
>I'm told, especially if you share it with innocent third parties).
>Call me yellow, I guess.
>On the plus side I'm running a middleman now, and with a better
>physical security that would have been possible in an anonymous
>colo (the node suddenly acted very throttled, but the hosters
>denied it was that, and local transfers were not affected, I wasn't
>still sure whether the node was tapped, the limit being VPN
>capacity to some central data gathering place).
> > I will never understand what is up with Germany and anonymity.  I have
> > been running an exit node here in the US for about 2 years and never so
> > much as received a complaint from my ISP, teh RIAA, or LEO.
>While no longer the remote-control puppets of totalitarian times, the local
>folks tend to have a touching belief into authority, which is perhaps
>a (slowly fading) national trait. Other places vary widely, England
>is perhaps similiar, Ireland quite different. I could imagine many former
>Eastern Block countries are also a bit on the authoritarian side.
>In any case there has been some very ominous developments lately in
>the Eurozone, especially U.K. and Germany. I'm keeping track of it,
>which perhaps should be summarized in a special page, and piped through
>Eugen* Leitl <a href="">leitl</a>
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