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Google Inc will begin to shield news organizations and human rights groups from cyberattacks as part of a new service package designed to support “free expression” on the Web in its “Project Shield” initiative, the company said Monday.
The company also unveiled a new technology called uProxy that allows citizens under some regimes to bypass government censorship or surveillance software to surf the Web, according to a NDTV article. Google also presented a new map that highlights cyberattacks taking place around the world in real time.
Under the Project Shield initiative, Google says it would host sites that frequently came under politically-motivated distributed denial-of-service attacks. Because of its technical infrastructure, Google is more capable to withstand such attacks compared to independently-hosted websites.
The product remains in testing.