Google’s waving its pro-internet freedom flag again, launching a suite of anti-hacker software intended to help human rights and elections-related websites in vulnerable regions. It’s a nice thought, even if there’s a catch. The new program is called Project Shield (yes, like the TV show and the game controller) and aims to protect websites from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Project Shield combines Google’s own DDoS mitigation technologies and Page Speed Service, a tool built for developers to make their webpages load faster. Traffic to participating sites will be piped through Google’s infrastructure, so unless the attack is big enough to bring down all sites using the Page Speed Service, it won’t bring down websites with Project Shield. Sites have to apply to participate, for now.