Google Launches Services To Promote Free Expression On Web
Bangalore: Google Inc has unveiled a new package of services designed to support “free expression” on the web. Through this, the internet giant plans to shield new organizations and human rights groups from unwanted cyber attacks. The new technology called uProxy allows citizens under some regimes to bypass government censorship or surveillance software to surf the Web.
The uProxy software will be initially available to web browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox, excluding the rival Microsoft Corp’s internet Explorer. Google Idea, a think-tank established by the search engine giant in 2010 has presented another service in the form of a new map that highlights cyber attacks that are taking place around the world in real-time.
Google, which has always stood by its “Don’t Be Evil” motto, has a well-established reputation for resisting authorities around the world who seek to censor its popular web properties like YouTube and Blogger. Through Google Ideas, the “think/do tank” headed by Jared Cohen, a former U.S. State Department official, the company has raised the possibility of playing a more active role in furthering U.S. policy.
Also, under its “Project Shield” initiative, Google stated that it would persistently host sites that frequently came under politically-motivated and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Because of the search engine giant’s complex technical infrastructure, it believes it can withstand such continued cyber attacks when compared to its competitive websites that are hosted independently.
UProxy software is developed by the University of Washington and is funded by Google. Google also stated that service is still in beta testing stage and is initially inviting skilled testers to test the software before endorsing to the public.