How Tor Works Part Three - The Consensus


Welcome to the third post in my series on how Tor works! In the past two posts, we talked about how clients tunnel traffic through relays, as well as introduced the idea of unpublished relays called bridges.

But how do clients know what relays are active? How is the Tor network actually organized and maintained? This post will answer this question by talking about a living document called the consensus as well as introducing a few very important Tor nodes that run the show behind the scenes.

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