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Google's Project Shield helps small websites stand up to DDoS attacks

Joseph Volpe, @jrvolpe
October 21, 2013
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Yes, it shares the same codename as NVIDIA's portable Android console, but Google's Project Shield has nothing to do with gaming -- it's all about helping the little guy. Created in response to a Google Ideas request -- a think tank that provides tech solutions for social issues -- made by Middle Eastern activists, Shield aims to allow small site owners to "serve their content through Google" in order to withstand malicious DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and not go offline. It's a critical initiative for areas of the world that don't exactly thrive on free speech; where political unrest and social injustice can be better communicated to a global audience from special interest sites. Currently, the initiative is in a closed, testing phase, so interested parties will need to hit up the link below for an invite.

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