October 23, 2013
Google has released the Project Shield , an invitation only application offered to news media, human rights groups and election-related websites to protect against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Websites under the PS program will have special protection to deflect traffic attacks designed to cause a website to crash.
PS “is 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.”
Google claims to be concerned about the “one out of every three people [who] lives in a society that is severely censored.”
Collaborating with Arbor Networks (AN) and Google Ideas (GI), a digital attack map (DAM) can show in “real-time anonymous traffic data related to these attacks on free speech, and also lets people explore historic trends and see related news reports of outages happening on a given day.”
In addition, the University of Washington (UoW) and Brave New Software (BNS) have developed tools initiated by Google that can provide select people “a trusted pathway to the web, helping protect an Internet connection from filtering, surveillance or misdirection.”
While pressing for freedom of speech, it was recently revealed that Google believes their 425 million users do not have a “reasonable expectation” to privacy with regard to emails sent and received through their Gmail accounts.
According to the brief filed by Google: “Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’”
In the court room, Google argued that it is not “a violation of privacy” to read private emails of users, construct specified profile on each individual user and sell that data to advertising corporations.
This is because Google asserts that users do not have a “legitimate expectation of privacy.”
Google justifies this by claiming that when a user “voluntarily turns over [data] to third parties” they are allowing that corporation to use the information as they see fit.
Not only is Google interested in sending private user emails to 3rd parties, they are interested in using self-driving car technology to replace everyday drivers on the road in the name of public safety.
Nissan Motor Co is focused on becoming the first manufacturer to offer self-driving cars (SDC) to customers by 2020.
Within two vehicle generations and sold at “realistic prices”, consumers can purchase a car that drives itself.
Nissan has joined forces with Google to endeavor on a marketing campaign to make the new SDC Leaf more attractive to the general public.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, predicted that by 2017 SDCs would be available to the general public.
Using artificial intelligence, provided by Google and other features such as around view cameras and actuators, Nissan believes that these cars will give ease to complexity in real-world situations.
The auto industry is convinced that SDCs will take over conventional driving. The idea is that these autonomous cars could replace possible human error when operating a vehicle and reduce the amount of accidents and injuries that now occur.