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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

Feb 17, 2017

The 'Black Code' documentary film, based on Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert's book of the same name, will be in theatres as of April 14th, 2017. It will also be screened as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London on March 10 and 11, 2017, and is to be followed by a discussion on both evenings.

The post Black Code Documentary in theatres April 14th, screening at Human Rights Watch Film Festival appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 17, 2017

The Citizen Lab has an opening for a Communications Officer.

The post Job Posting: Communications Officer appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 12, 2017

This post recaps Citizen Lab's major research reports for 2016, which span issues surrounding censorship, surveillance, privacy, and cybersecurity as they relate to fitness trackers, political dissidents, social media users, and more.

The post Citizen Lab 2016 Report highlights and year in review appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 11, 2017

This report describes an espionage operation using government-exclusive spyware to target Mexican government food scientists and two public health advocates.

The post Bitter Sweet: Supporters of Mexico’s Soda Tax Targeted With NSO Exploit Links appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 07, 2017

The Open Technology Fund’s Information Controls Fellowship (ICFP) is now accepting applications through its open call system, until the March 19, 2017 deadline. Citizen Lab is one of the host organizations for this year's Fellowships.

The post Open Technology Fund Information Controls Fellowship 2017 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 07, 2017

The Division of Engineering Science and The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs has one position available for an Engineering Science student completing Year 2 or Year 3, for a summer fellowship.

The post Engineers for the World (E4TW) Fellowship appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 07, 2017

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert has been named as part of the "Humans of the Year" series of VICE Motherboard, which profiles his work in defending cyber security through studies of hacking groups and censorship worldwide.

The post Ron Deibert named in VICE Motherboard’s “Humans of the Year” appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 02, 2017

This report discusses the targeting of Egyptian NGOs by Nile Phish, a large-scale phishing campaign. Almost all of the targets we identified are also implicated in Case 173, a sprawling legal case brought by the Egyptian government against NGOs, which has been referred to as an “unprecedented crackdown” on Egypt’s civil society. Nile Phish operators demonstrate an intimate knowledge of Egyptian NGOs, and are able to roll out phishing attacks within hours of government actions, such as arrests.

The post [updated] Nile Phish: Large-Scale Phishing Campaign Targeting Egyptian Civil Society appeared first on The Citizen Lab.