"Google is launching new anti-censorship technology created in response to
actions by Iran's government during the 2022 protests there, hoping that it
will increase access for internet users living under authoritarian regimes all
over the world.
Jigsaw, a unit of Google that operates sort of like an internet freedom think
tank and that creates related products, already offers a suite of
anti-censorship tools including Outline, which provides free, open, and
encrypted access to the internet through a VPN. Outline uses a protocol that
makes it hard to detect, so users can surf the web largely out of sight from
authorities who might want to block internet access.
But during last year’s pro-democracy protests across Iran, the regime used
sophisticated tactics, not only intermittently blocking all internet access but
targeting VPNs like Outline too.
Now Jigsaw is releasing Outline’s code in the form of a software developer kit
(SDK) so that other applications can build censorship resistance directly into
their products, the company exclusively told MIT Technology Review
. This will
create an easier and more streamlined user experience. For example, users of an
app that runs this code—like a news site, for example—need not connect
separately to the internet through a VPN. And at the same time, Google hopes it
will put the users one step ahead of the censors."
Via What Could Go Right?
September 21, 2023:
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics