Google announces creation of secure proxy against censorship

At a conference in New York, Google unveiled its new project to enable a more open and global internet, called uProxy. The system, which works as an extension for Chrome and Firefox, allows you to bypass content blocks by region using reliable international connections.

For example, if any Iranian tries to access one of the blocked sites in the country like YouTube, naturally they will not succeed. However, if he has a friend in Brazil or the United States, he can contact these people to enable uProxy. Thus, the Iranian can connect to the internet and access the network through the friend’s internet.

The system works like a custom VPN and is very easy to use. The intention is that it will be accessible to the general public. “Two clicks to overcome the barriers of an oppressive regime,” saysYasmin Green, director of Google Ideas. She also remembers that uProxy does not anonymize traffic just like Tor does.

Obviously the service would not be restricted to people in countries where the internet censors. UProxy could also be used for more trivial purposes such as circumventing a video region lock on YouTube, or circumventing the firewall of the company where you work (although this is not recommended).

For now, the service has not yet been released, but its developers (the University of Washington and the company Brave New Software) have already opened a restricted beta so that users can test and improve it to the fullest.

To register and try to be part of the beta phase, just register on the official website of the service.

Also check out a video about the uProxy:

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