updated 04:19 pm EDT, Mon October 21, 2013
Initiative to keep smaller activist sites active during attacks
Google has announced it will help website owners protect their sites from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Project Shield hopes to keep smaller sites running during DDoS attacks, with the project's initial focus being to protect under-resourced sites serving "media, elections, and human rights related content."
So far, the project has been used to help a number of small sites in sensitive areas stay up while under attack from civilian and governmental hackers. Project Shield has protected a Persian-language social and political blog, a website providing early warnings of scud missile attacks to people located in Syria, and also allowed the Kenyan election monitoring service to stay up for the entire election cycle.
The invite-only service is now accepting requests for protection from other similar websites, with more invitations being dispatched out on a "rolling basis."
At the same time, Google launched two other tools for similar information-freedom purposes. The still-in-beta uProxy lets users tunnel through another computer owned by a friend and onto the Internet, allowing them to bypass national censorship tools, while the Digital Attack Map provides information for where DDoS attacks are currently occurring.