Project Shield lets small site owners fight off attacks using the power of Google’s network.

If you’re a small news site covering controversial topics, you’re likely at risk for DDoS attacks orchestrated by those who oppose your views.

But when those attacks hit, how do you protect yourself? Google’s Project Shield might be the answer.
Project Shield lets small site owners fight off attacks using the power of Google’s network.
It debuted in October 2013 with a handful of “trusted testers,” but is now opening up “to all the world’s news sites to protect them from DDoS attacks and eliminate DDoS as a form of censorship,” Jared Cohen, president of Jigsaw, the tech incubator formerly known as Google Ideas, wrote in a blog post.
“We learned a lot from our early group of Project Shield testers,” Cohen said. “Not only have we kept websites online during attacks that otherwise would have taken them offline, we learned crucial information about how these types of attacks happen, and how we can improve our services to defend against them.”
Sites sharing news, human rights, or election-monitoring content that fear they cannot defend against DDoS attacks, can apply for Project Shield online. Those who are accepted will receive an approval email with further instructions.

Google warns that it cannot guarantee participating sites won’t be hit by DDoS attacks.

But the project’s infrastructure was designed “to defend itself from quite large attacks,” so it should be able to keep you online.
“Project Shield is not just about protecting journalism,” Cohen said. “It’s about improving the health of the Internet by mitigating against a significant threat for publishers and people who want to publish content that some might find inconvenient.

A free and open Internet depends on protecting the free flow of information—starting with the news.”