googleuproxyGoogle has announced a new tool that is being anticipated as a means to bypass internet censorship and government monitoring across the globe. Developed by one of Google’s facilities in New York City, uProxy is a peer-to-peer service that will allow individuals to establish an encrypted internet connection with other individuals they trust online.

Working together with Brave New Software and University of Washington, Google provided funding to the project in the hope that the new technology would be able to outsmart invasive governments around the world who have been responsible for tightening the grip on internet censorship for the past few years.

uProxy works similarly to another popular peer-to-peer internet connection client, Tor. It relies on the use of a basic browser extension that can find a user’s friends on Facebook. The service differs from Tor in the sense that it does not provide an anonymizing network.

However, it provides an individual internet connection that is indistinguishable from other encrypted conversations and experiences online. Regarding traffic, if someone is using uProxy, there are no distinct marks that will define that any traffic coming from the user is explicitly being sent by uProxy.

Google Ideas is planning on introducing uProxy in an upcoming New York City conference titled “Conflict in a Connected World.” That same event will also be the debut of Project Shield, which is an effort to help human rights groups, media organizations, and individuals around the world fight off the distributed DDoS attacks which frequently happen during times of concern or terrorism.

Internet privacy advocates and activities that are currently living under repressive government regimes may find that uProxy may become the next Google tool to help them get in contact with friends, loved ones, and individuals around the world in an effort to encourage free speech.

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