Posted on October 22, 2013 by staff

Three New Google Products Will Protect Free Speech


Search engine Google has set out to protect free speech and expression on the internet with a series of new products and initiatives.

uProxy, Project Shield and Digital AttackMap were unveiled at a summit entitled “Conflict in a Connected World” in New York – which brought together “hacktivists”, dissidents, entrepreneurs, security experts and others.

uProxy is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox which will provide a “trusted pathway to the web, protecting an internet connection from filtering, surveillance and misdirection.”

Project Shield will allow people to utilise Google technology to protect their website from DDoS attacks.

The Digital AttackMap is built through a partnership between Google Ideas and Arbor Networks, and is a “live data visualisation” map that shows DDoS attacks from around the world.

Writing on the official blog, Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, said: “This tool shows real-time anonymous traffic data related to these attacks on free speech, and also lets people explore historic trends and see related news reports of outages happening on a given day.”