Is it a good idea to establish bridges within repressive countries (China, Iran, etc.), or a bad idea?

On one hand, having the bridge within the country removes the "foreign" stigma from that IP address for purposes of filtering/censorship. On the other hand, does this mean that the bridge will then attempt to connect to a published relay IP address, making it obvious that it is an entry node?

Considering this topic in light of Belarus's recent ban on Tor.


It depends on the country and how repressive it is. For certain countries, running bridges is considered a bad idea to the point where even if one is provided, BridgeDB will never distribute it to clients.

See ticket #12843 - " Bridgedb shouldn't handout bridges from .ir and .sy" for concrete examples of this including the rationale.

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