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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 09, 2016

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert hosted a Q&A session with Ben Wizner, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and attorney for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The event followed the screening of the CITIZENFOUR film.

The post Ron Deibert hosted Q&A with Snowden attorney Ben Wizner appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 08, 2016

March 30-April 1 - San Francisco, California

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

Feb 08, 2016

In an interview with Scientific American, Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire explained the techniques and associated challenges in identifying the perpetrators of malware attacks.

The post Morgan Marquis-Boire on malware attribution appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 08, 2016

In a guest post on JustSecurity co-authored with Tamir Israel of the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons urged a revaluation of Canada's intelligence sharing with its Five Eyes allies.

The post Christopher Parsons on Canada’s Five Eyes intelligence sharing appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 02, 2016

A new report describing major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications. The research examined offerings by Apple, Basis, Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Mio, Withings, and Xiaomi.

The post Security and Privacy Issues in Several Leading Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 02, 2016

This report describes major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications.

The post Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 01, 2016

The Citizen Lab is excited to announce that we are a host organization in the 2016 Open Web Fellowship (a collaboration between the Ford Foundation and Mozilla). The fellowship is an international leadership initiative that brings together the best emerging technology talent and civil society organizations to protect the open Web

The post Citizen Lab hosts Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship appeared first on The Citizen Lab.