Jigsaw, a humanitarian technology incubator sharing a parent company with Google, released a new app Wednesday granting old phones Android's current defenses against a favorite trick of authoritarian governments, tampering with traffic to the internet's phonebook-like DNS servers.
- "It's important to spread freedom to legacy devices," said Jigsaw software engineer Ben Schwartz.
Why it matters: DNS translates text-based web addresses (like "axios.com") to machine readable internet addresses. Intercepting that traffic, regimes are able to reroute citizens trying to visit unflattering news websites or dissident groups to any other website. Criminals could use the same tactic to send victims to malicious websites.