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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

Mar 05, 2015

The Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights is a series of intensive research workshops hosted annually at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The post Call for Proposals: Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2015 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 03, 2015

The OECD concluded that Gamma International had failed to act consistently their guidelines, which require businesses to do appropriate due diligence in their operations, ensuring that negative human rights effects are avoided.

The post OECD finds actions of Gamma International to be in violation of human rights appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 03, 2015

The Citizen Lab will be hosting two sessions, "Asia Chats" and "Filtering Free Expression," at the RightsCon 2015 conference in Manila, Philippines.

The post Citizen Lab at RightsCon 2015 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 27, 2015

Citizen Lab Post-doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to the CBC on the implications of Canada's Bill C-51, as well as CSE's email storage and monitoring.

The post Christopher Parsons raises concerns regarding Bill C-51, CSE email monitoring appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 27, 2015

An article by Forbes magazine discusses FireEye’s recent report on Syria, authored by Daniel Regalado, Citizen Lab Technical Advisory Board member Nart Villeneuve, and Citizen Lab Research Fellow John Scott Railton.

The post Forbes on Citizen Lab’s Syria research appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 27, 2015

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng commented on the effect that China's real name registration policy will have on virtual private networks (VPNs) and self-censorship.

The post Jason Q. Ng speaks on China’s real name registration policy appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 27, 2015

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert delivered a keynote address and contributed to a panel discussion as part of the 2015 Pakistan Cyberspace conference, held in Islamabad.

The post Ron Deibert at Pakistan Cyberspace conference appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 25, 2015

The document is a memo circulated among the Five Eyes, a network of English-speaking intelligence agencies. Though the document does not name the hackers whose data were stolen, it made it clear that they had ties to the Chinese government, and were spying on human rights defenders and Uyghur activists in the country.

The post Ron Deibert speaks to Globe and Mail on Five Eyes memo leak appeared first on The Citizen Lab.