Rob G. Jansen, PhD

Computer Scientist, Researcher, and Principal Investigator
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA

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  1. Citation

    Anna Harbluk Lorimer,  Rob Jansen, and Nick Feamster:
    Extended abstract: Traffic Splitting for Pluggable Transports. Workshop on Free and Open Communication on the Internet, 2024.

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    As censors continue to develop more advanced technologies to police access to the Internet, new techniques are also needed to promote Internet freedom. Traffic splitting is one technique that has been shown to defend against various privacy attacks and to improve network performance, but it has not been evaluated in the context of censorship-resistant systems. In this extended abstract we outline a design for traffic splitting for pluggable transports that uses what we call a "shim" pluggable transport and modified Tor Bridges as proxies. We describe our hypotheses and how we plan to evaluate our implementation to determine the extent to which pluggable transports that employ traffic splitting can improve performance, protect against website fingerprinting attacks, and improve resistance to detection and blocking by a censor.


      title = {Traffic Splitting for Pluggable Transports},
      author = {Lorimer, Anna Harbluk and Jansen, Rob and Feamster, Nick},
      howpublished = {Workshop on Free and Open Communication on the Internet},
      year = {2024},
      note = {Extended abstract},