+Google Ideas just announced Project Shield, an initiative that enables people to use Google’s technology to better protect websites that might otherwise have been taken offline by “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks. We’re currently inviting webmasters serving independent news, human rights, and elections-related content to apply to join our next round of trusted testers: http://goo.gl/KmqWJ5

Over the last year, Project Shield has been successfully used by a number of trusted testers, including Balatarin (www.balatarin.com), a Persian-language social and political blog, and Aymta (www.aymta.com), a website providing early-warning of scud missiles to people in Syria. Project Shield was also used to protect the election monitoring service in Kenya (www.iebc.or.ke), which was the first time their site stayed up throughout an election cycle.

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