Ethical use cases for onion services
The Tor project intends to provide anonymity for Internet users. It can be particularly helpful for people and organizations that are subject to governmental surveillance. However, the “darknet” also faces a lot of critique because it equally helps to realize malicious purposes.
Not only a client can be kept anonymously. There are onion services, also known as hidden services, within the Tor network to provide similar benefits for service providers. According to some researchers, they are primarily used for non-ethical purposes. Nonetheless, there might also be ethical objectives to use onion services. Moreover, the Tor network might have benefits in terms of security that could be useful for commercial applications as well.
The goal of this thesis is to research on possible applications of onion services from the point of view of a service provider with ethically acceptable intentions. This may include an investigation on potential security benefits and the development and evaluation of a prototype implementation. If you are interested in this topic, please contact us.