A controversial internet browsing network will be reactivated at Lebanon’s Kilton Public Library after a large show of support from local citizens Tuesday night.
The Lebanon Library Board of Trustees decided at last night’s meeting to let stand its unanimous decision from earlier this summer to devote excess bandwidth to relay for Tor, which is an anonymous browsing network.
Library administrators had suspended its use of the relay last month after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alerted city officials that Tor could possibly be used for criminal activity. Tor uses a large network of relays to divert users’ web traffic as a means of keeping one’s location secret.
The Kilton Public Library is the first library in the country to host a Tor relay, as part of the Library Freedom Project’s pilot program.