It's our pleasure to announce the imminent release of Lantern 1.2.0. For those who have been following Lantern closely, you know this release has been a long time coming at least by Lantern standards, as we haven't released an official new version since Christmas Day. This version primarily integrates changes implemented in response to Lantern being blocked in China. We've taken two primary steps to address the situation:
1) We've made Lantern harder to identify on the network
2) We've limited the number of invites each user has
The purpose of the second change is to convey to users more clearly that invites to Lantern are a precious resource and that people should not be invited lightly. Each invite should truly be a trusted contact who you trust to proxy your traffic and to participate in the Lantern network as a relay for other Lantern network participants (ie, you should trust them to be someone who will only invite trusted people). Remember, your traffic on Lantern can actually go through your peers who are as many as four network hops away, so when you invite someone that person becomes a new potential source for learning about Lantern users who you don't immediately trust. Please feel free to ask on this list if that's not clear, as it's a relatively complex result of our use of the Kaleidoscope limited advertisement protocol for blocking resistance (https://github.com/getlantern/kaleidoscope).
As you know, Lantern is no longer automatically inviting users who sign up through the web site. If you've used Lantern in the past, however, you will receive an email update within the next several weeks with a link to the new version. If you have not yet used Lantern, you'll have to wait for an existing Lantern user to invite you.
As always, thanks so much for everyone's support. The whole team is really excited to get this version back in your hands, particularly for users who have had their Lantern's blocked, and we're really excited for what we have in store for future versions.