Many of the most important voices on the web today are individuals or small, low-budget organizations: human rights groups, investigative journalists, political dissidents, and fighters for democracy in repressive regimes. These groups don’t have the wherewithal to defend themselves against hackers and bad state actors that would prefer their voices not be heard.

Projects like Cloudflare’s Galileo and Google’s Shield help these at-risk groups to weather the heaviest of Internet storms, making sure that their voices cannot be silenced – without having to pay a dime. Doug Kramer, General Counsel for Cloudflare, helps us understand why these projects and groups are so important and how these programs help to protect their websites from attack.

Doug Kramer is General Counsel of Cloudflare, where he is responsible for managing the legal, policy, and trust and safety teams. In this role, Doug helps address the broad range of issues that touch the company’s operations around the world. Prior to joining Cloudflare, Doug worked for seven years in senior positions in the Obama Administration, including as Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Staff Secretary, as the Deputy Administrator of the US Small Business Administration, and General Counsel at USAID. He previously worked in private practice in Washington, DC and Kansas City. He received Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English from Georgetown University and his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.