Library Turns Tor Back On


The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire had been offering patrons Tor software used to anonymize Internet usage. Then, the Department of Homeland Security contacted the library last week and requested the service be turned off, and the library complied. The action raised questions of legality, whether the department had overstepped its powers, and why library patrons shouldn’t be allowed anonymous Internet use. Following public outrage, the New Hampshire public library that had been offering the Tor program has since turned it back on.

Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →