Fission Relays

Aiding a more open internet

Shutting Down

As of November 4th, 2022, I have unfortunately decided to decommission my Tor relays.

While running Tor relays isn't too difficult for someone with the knowledge and money, it does require a fair bit of regular maintenance for which I wish I had the time. Tor relays are not simply set-and-forget, and I fear that running unmaintained relays would do the network more harm than good. With the increased volume of relays run by other kind and dedicated volunteers (who can do a much better job than me), I'm in a fortunate position in which it is less critical for me to run my relays.

Additionally, my hosting bills, budget, and financial priorities have changed. With major life changes possibly on the horizon, I need to save as much money as possible in preparation for them. While running Tor relays was absolutely a worthwhile effort in terms of both time and money, I need to put my family first.

Lists Service

I plan to keep the Tor Node Lists service running for as long as I can as part of my regular infrastructure. When deciding to shut down the relays, I discovered that the lists service sees quite a bit of use, by even myself included. With any luck, I'll be able to overhaul and improve it with the skills I've learned since originally launching the service.

Hello! My name is Kevin, and I run a group of Tor relays which I call "Fission Relays". These relays help people in countries where access to the internet is censored.

As of this writing, my relays are based in 6 countries across 4 distinct service providers (plus Hurricane Electric for IPv6), approximately 1.6 Gbps of throughput. For more information, visit my list of relays or aggregated statistics on Tor Metrics.

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