The New York Times is now available as an “Onion Service” on the Tor network, at the address https://www.nytimes3xbfgragh.onion/ — meaning that anyone with Tor access can securely and privately access the Times without giving away any information about what they’re looking at, even to state-level actors who control the ISPs.
What is Tor?
Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.
Why Anonymity Matters?
Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.
Onion Services are often referred to as “hidden services” or “the dark web” (especially in scare stories about online marketplaces like The Silk Road), but practically speaking, an onion service is one that can be reached without tipping off third parties about your reading habits.
Today New York times now announced an experiment in secure communication and launching a new alternative way to access their website through Onion Service.
The New York Times reports on stories all over the world, and their reporting is read by people around the world. Some readers choose to use Tor to access their journalism because they’re technically blocked from accessing New York website; or because they worry about local network monitoring; or because they care about online privacy; or simply because that is the method that they prefer to use Onion Service.
Reader’s can access the New York Times website by using this onion url
This onion address is accessible only through the Tor network, using special software such as the Tor Browser.
The Times is quick to point out that this service is both experimental and under development. Certain features aren’t guaranteed to work, and implementation will come in waves. The goal, it says, is to “match the features currently available on the main New York Times website” over time.