Google aims to leap past censors in repressed markets

Summary:Google Ideas also picked up a new browser extension designed to provide a "trusted" pathway to protect Internet connections from filtering, surveillance or misdirection.

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When it comes to how social media both influences and fuels revolutions in oppressed countries these days, Twitter usually gets all the credit .

But Google is publicizing its part with the introduction of a number of new products designed to enable the freedom of expression online regardless of government censors.

Google Ideas director Jared Cohen argued further in a blog post on Monday that "online barriers can include everything from filters that block content to targeted attacks designed to take down websites," adding that "these obstacles are more than an inconvenience—they represent full-scale repression."

Unveiled amidst the Internet giant's summit in New York this week, held in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation, the new tools range from protection for websites brought down by "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks to real-time anonymous data and visualizations about traffic related to attacks on free speech.

Google Ideas also picked up a new browser extension from developers at the University of Washington and nonprofit Brave New Software. Dubbed uProxy, the tool is set up to provide a "trusted" pathway to protect Internet connections from filtering, surveillance or misdirection.

For a closer look at the new Google Ideas tools, check out the promo video below:

Topics: Privacy, Google, Government, Legal, Security

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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