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Snowflake Daily Operations


This Project provides funding of Snowflake operational costs.


Several technologies are available for reaching the internet in a safe way, the Tor project being a prominent example.

But reaching the Tor network is in turn sometimes problematic, due to censors’ aim to block open access. Snowflake is one tool designed and implemented to circumvent the blockade.

Snowflake provides thousands of short-lived connections to the Internet that are difficult for government censors to block. These proxies are run by volunteers and the software has been created by volunteers.

Further information, and instructions for how you can help by running a Snowflake proxy:
Recent events in different parts of the world show that this tool for avoiding censorship is essential for possibilities to communicate via the internet and to report to the outside world, while the authorities block ordinary Tor communication.

Snowflake is free to use -- but operating the infrastructure costs money.
Snowflake Daily Operations is providing funding for the operational costs of running the bridge component of Snowflake.
Snowflake Daily Operations is not part of The Tor Project.

Operational expenses are anticipated to be buying, upgrading, and repairing hardware - added up in the budget post Yearly Hardware Depreciation
To this adds paying for Bandwidth and basic system administration, Hosting base cost.
There will also be need for hands-on preventive maintenance, routine inspections or trouble-shooting - so-called "smart hands".

Estimated yearly expense budget                    EUR
Hardware depreciation                                  1 250
Bandwidth                                                      7 500
Hosting base cost                                             750
Smart hands                                                   1 500
Yearly total                                                             11 000

Anything you can contribute to sustain this critical service will be much appreciated!

Our team is made up of volunteers who work to raise funds for the operational costs of running the bridge component of Snowflake.
We do this independently of any links to The Tor Project.

Our team

Linus Nordberg

Core Contributor

David Fifield

Core Contributor


Transparent and open finances.

Today’s balance

€8,513.87 EUR

Total raised

€13,356.44 EUR

Total disbursed

€4,842.57 EUR

Estimated annual budget

€5,509.13 EUR


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Mullvad VPN AB

€5,000 EUR

Mullvad VPN AB

€3,900 EUR


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Verkligen Data

€1,400 EUR


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Tom Ritter

€50 EUR

Chan Siu Ming

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News from Snowflake Daily Operations

Updates on our activities and progress.

2024 June update

(David Fifield) There were no big surprises in June 2024. The number of users declined a bit, as more of the load is being taken up by the other bridge, snowflake-02. The likely cause of more users starting to use snowflake-02 is the...
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Published on July 6, 2024 by Erik Nordberg

2024 May update

(David Fifield) The number of users of the snowflake-01 bridge was stable in May 2024. There were no more of the...
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Published on June 6, 2024 by Erik Nordberg

2024 April update - corrected

(David Fifield) After last month's decline, users of the snowflake-01 bridge were mostly stable in April 2024. T...
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Published on May 10, 2024 by Erik Nordberg