We respect our users' privacy when we conduct research.

We practice human-centered design when we build tools for internet freedom. The way we build tools also builds community. Our user research is founded on the premises of consent, respect, and empathy. You can make an impact in your community by learning from our methods and helping us with user research.

User Research

Become an alpha tester

We rely on a community of volunteer Alpha testers to try out early versions of Tor Browser before their general release. Sign up to become an Alpha tester.

Open User Research

We put our users in the center of our development process. That is how we bring privacy-enhancing technology to the ones who more need it. Explore what we are working on and start to run user research with your local community.

User Research Guidelines

We collect only necessary data to improve our services.

Tor Personas

User personas are a key component of our human-centered design process that help us communicate the motivations, pain points and goals of our users.

How to Volunteer

We care about privacy and security.


We are committed to open design, so you can see the user research we have conducted within our community.

Become a Community User Researcher

Are you a design researcher, user researcher, student, or someone interested in learning more about Tor users? Do you have new ideas, suggestions, or research that can help improve Tor applications? Help us by coordinating user research with your local community, and learn more about best practices for working with users at-risk.

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