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[ NNSquad ] TIME: "Google Unveils Technology Tools for Digital Rebels"
TIME: "Google Unveils Technology Tools for Digital Rebels http://j.mp/1a2Irq6 (Time) The most ambitious product launch is uProxy, a new Web browser extension that uses peer-to-peer technology to let people around the world provide each other with a trusted Internet connection. This product is designed to protect the Internet connection of users in, say, Iran, from state surveillance or filtering. Google Ideas is providing funding and technical assistance for uProxy, which was developed by researchers at the University of Washington and Brave New Software. "If you look at existing proxy tools today, as soon as they're effective for dissidents, the government finds out about them and either blocks them or infiltrates them," says Cohen. "Every dissident we know in every repressive society has friends outside the country whom they know and trust. What if those trusted friends could unblock the access in those repressive societies by sharing their own access? That was the problem we tried to solve." UProxy allows users in the U.S. to give their trusted friends in Iran-people they might already be emailing or chatting with-access to the open U.S. Internet. "The user in Iran can get unfiltered access to the Internet that's completely uncensored and will look just like it does in the U.S.," says Cohen. "It's completely encrypted and there's no way for the government to detect what's happening because it just looks like voice traffic or chat traffic. We wanted to build a proxy service that builds on top of trusted relationships that already exist." - - - --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://google.com/+LaurenWeinstein Twitter: http://twitter.com/laurenweinstein Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com _______________________________________________ nnsquad mailing list http://lists.nnsquad.org/mailman/listinfo/nnsquad