TorFlow: Visualising the Tor network

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Tor is the online network which allow people to hide their anonymity in the Internet. So when you want to search the web via the network you connect to one of 5000 entry relays, you are redirected to one of 1000 exit relays and only than you connect to the website. Each request is done via different combination of relays, so in practice your IP is untraceable.

TorFlow is a #geoawesome map that visualises information about each connection between these relays on the Tor network. The first thing I noticed about the map was the number of connections that are made from Europe. You can hardly see through the vivd blue patch in the heart of Europe – A clear indicator of the importance and emphasis placed on online privacy especially in Germany and other EU countries. 

The TorFlow Map
The TorFlow Map

The map visualises tor connection information dating back from Sunday, 28th October 2007 and its interesting to see how much the use of Tor has increased over the years. 

Tor connections on 28th October 2007
Tor connections on 28th October 2007

Go check it out – TorFlow. If you are interested in the looking behind the map and taking a look at the source code then here’s the link to the TorFlow GitHub page.

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.