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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

Sep 16, 2014

In June 2014, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert gave a keynote address at the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference, where he was introduced as an "action hero."

The post Cyberspace “action hero” issues wakeup call appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Sep 01, 2014

Members of the Cyber Stewards network are participating this week at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The post Cyber Stewards at the IGF14 in Istanbul appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Sep 01, 2014

In a piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Morgan Marquis-Boire commented on government complains that antivirus programs are thwarting their planned surveillance activities.

The post Morgan Marquis-Boire quoted in WSJ piece on anti-virus companies and cyber spying appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 15, 2014

This report provides a detailed analysis of two products sold for facilitating targeted surveillance known as network injection appliances. These products allow for the easy deployment of targeted surveillance implants and are being sold by commercial vendors to countries around the world. Compromising a target becomes as simple as waiting for the user to view unencrypted content on the Internet.

The post Schrodinger’s Cat Video and the Death of Clear-Text appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 08, 2014

This letter is in response to a statement issued by Hacking Team that has recently come to our attention, concerning Citizen Lab’s report titled “Police Story: Hacking Team’s Government Surveillance Malware” (June 24, 2014).

The post Open letter to Hacking Team appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 06, 2014

On July 28-31, 2014, we convened the second annual Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights.

The post Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2014 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jul 30, 2014

The Citizen Lab is profiled in the July 30 edition of Ars Technica, a technology news website, in an article titled "Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother."

The post The Citizen Lab is profiled in Ars Technica appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jul 29, 2014

The Open Technology Fund (OTF) with Citizen Lab announced the launch of the Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP).

The post Call for Applications: The Open Technology Fund Information Controls Fellowship Program appeared first on The Citizen Lab.