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Open Briefing invited to be a partner in Cloudflare’s Project Galileo

Open Briefing is delighted to become a partner in Project Galileo. The initiative is Cloudflare’s response to cyber attacks launched against important, yet vulnerable targets, like artistic groups, humanitarian organisations, and the voices of political dissent.

The internet is a powerful tool for spreading and expanding ideas. Cloudflare’s mission to help build a better internet includes protecting free expression online for vulnerable groups. When journalists, social activists, and minority groups are repeatedly flooded with malicious traffic in an attempt to knock them offline, and keep them offline, the internet stops fulfilling its promise.

Such organisations often face attacks from powerful and entrenched opponents, yet operate on limited budgets and lack the resources to secure themselves against malicious traffic intended to silence them.

Cloudflare provides robust security to enterprises that are the targets of DDoS and other cyber attacks. Cloudflare’s Project Galileo has made that same security available for at-risk public interest websites at no cost. Open Briefing has itself benefitted from this protection for a number of years.

Cloudflare is a leader in internet security and performance solutions, but by its own admission lacks expertise in matters of geopolitics and human rights. For this reason, it partners with respected free speech, public interest, and civil society organisations to help it to identify in-need, at-risk websites which are worthy of its pro bono efforts by participation in Project Galileo and to ensure that it does not bring its personal and corporate biases to the decision.

Open Briefing is honoured to be joining this initiative alongside Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Council of Europe and other partners.