Google has opened applications to its Project Shield service to all independent news websites, with the aim of protecting them against DDoS attacks.
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service, like a news website, unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.
Google’s Project Shield is a free service that uses Google technology to protect news sites from these attacks.
“Project Shield welcomes applications from websites serving news. Human rights and or elections monitoring content are also welcome to apply,” said Google.
According to Wired, applications are not open to websites owned by a government or political party.