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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 21, 2016

In this report, we confirm the use of the services of Canadian company Netsweeper, Inc. to censor access to the Internet in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The post Tender Confirmed, Rights At Risk: Verifying Netsweeper in Bahrain appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Sep 13, 2016

The Citizen Lab has an opening for a system administrator

The post Job Posting: System Administrator appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Sep 13, 2016

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto is hosting a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016-2017, which offers a maximum stipend of $45,000 per year, for two years.

The post UofT’s Postdoctoral Fellowship competition appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Sep 13, 2016

This report, written by Research Associate Christopher Parsons and CIPPIC Staff lawyer Tamir Israel, investigates the surveillance capabilities of IMSI Catchers, efforts by states to prevent information relating to IMSI Catchers from entering the public record, and the legal and policy frameworks that govern the use of these devices. The report principally focuses on Canadian agencies but, to do so, draws comparative examples from other jurisdictions. The report concludes with a series of recommended transparency and control mechanisms that are designed to properly contain the use of the devices and temper their more intrusive features.

The post IMSI Catcher Report Calls for Transparency, Proportionality, and Minimization Policies appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Sep 11, 2016

On Tuesday September 13th, 9:30 pm, the film adaptation of the book Black Code—directed by renowned filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier—will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Black Code was published in May 2013, and written by Citizen Lab Director, Ron Deibert.

The post Black Code screening at the Toronto International Film Festival appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 25, 2016

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Andrew Hilts was interviewed by the Globe and Mail regarding Access My Info's fitness tracker report, titled "Every Step You Fake," in which the privacy and security safeguards of eight popular wearable fitness tracker devices was studied.

The post Andrew Hilts in Globe and Mail on fitness tracker report appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 25, 2016

In an interview with the Daily Dot, Citizen Lab Research Manager Masashi Crete-Nishihata commented on the challenges Tibetans face in using social media and other online tools to spread content considered politically sensitive by the Chinese government.

The post Masashi Crete-Nishihata on Chinese censorship of Tibetan content appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 24, 2016

This report describes how a government targeted an internationally recognized human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor, with the Trident, a chain of zero-day exploits designed to infect his iPhone with sophisticated commercial spyware.

The post The Million Dollar Dissident: NSO Group’s iPhone Zero-Days used against a UAE Human Rights Defender appeared first on The Citizen Lab.