The Tor Network: A Global Inquiry into the Legal Status of Anonymity Networks

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This Note seeks to provide an overview of the Tor anonymity network and its legal status under several different regimes of Internet control explores its treatment in four countries. Part II discusses Tor generally. Part III explores the treatment of Tor in the countries of the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. This discussion offers illuminating case studies on the issues that Tor faces. Part IV analyzes the internet kill switch and U.S. law, including considerations of how other countries monitor the Internet as described in the previous parts. In Part V, the Note concludes.

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Tor network, anonymity, WikiLeaks

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Keith D. Watson (Washington University School of Law)

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