Google Rolls Out Tools To Fight Censorship

Tech giant Google is a lot of things to a lot of people, from search engine to word processing software provider to social networking platform to mobile operating system maker -- and more. Now, the company is also moving to help the masses protect against cyber attacks and preserve free speech.

Google on Monday announced new (and free) expression tools from Google Ideas, the companyEUs self-described EUthink/do tank.EU The news comes as Google Ideas partners with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation to hold a summit in New York this week called EUConflict in a Connected World.EU

EUAs long as people have expressed ideas, others have tried to silence them. Today one out of every three people lives in a society that is severely censored,EU Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, wrote in a blog post. EUOnline barriers can include everything from filters that block content to targeted attacks designed to take down Web sites. For many people, these obstacles are more than an inconvenience -- they represent full-scale repression.EU

Introducing Project Shield

Google announced three new initiatives: Project Shield, the Digital Attack Map, and uProxy. Cohen said information technologies have transformed conflict in our connected world, and access to the free flow of information is increasingly critical. This weekEUs summit -- as well as these three initiatives -- are all steps Google is taking to help those fighting for free expression around the globe.

Project Shield aims to help people use GoogleEUs technology to better protect Web sites that might otherwise have been taken offline by EUdistributed denial of serviceEU (DDoS) attacks. Google is currently inviting webmasters serving independent news, human rights, and elections-related content to apply to join its next round of trusted testers.

The Digital Attack Map is a live data visualization, built through a collaboration between Arbor Networks...

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