At its Ideas Summit presentation in New York, Google unveiled a new technology called uProxy that allows users to bypass internet censorship imposed by ISPs and governments by creating peer-to-peer connection. Unlike regular proxies that route a user’s internet traffic via remote servers that could be compromised or be under surveillance without the user’s knowledge, uProxy relies on trusted connections between friends to create a pathway that’s safe and more private.
uProxy routes one user’s connection to the Internet via a friend they trust. Both users must have uProxy installed. One user with a safer and more secure connection to the Internet can then share their connection to the Internet with trusted friends and family, or even with themselves when they travel. By encrypting the connection between the two users, uProxy makes it harder for an intermediate step on the journey to watch, block or misdirect traffic.
uProxy is a lot like tunneling or Virtual Private Network. But setting up a VPN service or a tunnel can be rather complicated. uProxy’s aim is to make this easy.
Funded by Google but developed by the University of Washington and nonprofit group Brave New Software, uProxy is currently under restricted beta for select, technically adept users. The software will be available for Google’s Chrome browser and Firefox as an extension.