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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

Nov 24, 2014

The Epoch Times cited the OpenNet Initiative, a project of the Citizen Lab, the SecDev Group, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as one of the best resources in learning about Internet filtering.

The post Epoch Times article features OpenNet Initiative and Access series appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 24, 2014

Independent Researcher Claudio Guarnieri has partnered with Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty International to publicly release the Detekt tool, which allows journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for traces of known surveillance spyware.

The post Detekt spyware detection tool released appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 17, 2014

Communications Officer / Researcher Irene Poetranto authored an op-ed in The Jakarta Post, urging for Indonesia's new communications and information minister to end the country's outdated Internet controls.

The post Irene Poetranto’s op-ed on outdated Internet controls in Indonesia appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 14, 2014

Four years after the 'Arab Spring', it is believed that empowerment of civil society in Latin America has been hampered by formal and informal structures of power, which - legally and illegally- are funneling digital manifestations of social grievances, thus avoiding significant challenges to the status quo.

The post The Latin American Winter appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 11, 2014

A new report, entitled "Communities @ Risk: Targeted Digital Threats Against Civil Society," involved 10 civil society groups that enrolled as study subjects over a period of four years. The study sought to obtain greater visibility into an often overlooked digital risk environment affecting--whether they know it or not--many of society’s most essential institutions.

The post Civil Society Organizations Face Onslaught of Persistent Computer Espionage Attacks appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 10, 2014

We investigate what keywords might trigger censorship via automatic review in Sina Weibo and followed the pathways a typical censored post might take on Chinese social media.

The post Tracing the Path of a Censored Weibo Post and Compiling Keywords that Trigger Automatic Review appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 07, 2014

Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti responded to an article co-authored by Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher and Technical Advisor Morgan Marquis-Boire on The Intercept.

The post Hacking Team CEO responds to Morgan Marquis-Boire’s article appeared first on The Citizen Lab.