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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

Jul 26, 2016

The following is a statement from Citizen Lab Director, Ron Deibert, concerning a defamation suit recently filed, and then discontinued by Netsweeper against the University of Toronto and Ron Deibert

The post On Research in the Public Interest appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jul 05, 2016

The United States Department of Homeland Security has filed a proposal to collect social media details from visitors to the country. Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons commented on the privacy implications of the proposal, as well as broader trends in social media monitoring by security officials.

The post Christopher Parsons on US proposal to collect traveler’s social media information appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jul 02, 2016

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert authored an op-ed for CBC News detailing the newly revamped Access My Info tool, which now includes fitness trackers and dating applications. The tool allows Canadians to exercise their right to inquire about the information that technology companies store about them.

The post Ron Deibert’s op-ed on Access My Info appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 30, 2016

The DIY Transparency Report tool helps smaller organizations produce holistic transparency reports. Such reports comprehensively explain to customers, citizens, and government agencies alike how an organization can, and does, receive and respond to government requests. It does so by guiding organizational members through the process of developing a holistic report, while empowering them to customize their reports to reflect their organizational profile. And, critically, the tool is entirely open source and operates where the organization decides, so sensitive information is never disclosed to another party until the organization makes that decision.

The post Release: DIY Transparency Report Tool appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 24, 2016

Access My Info (AMI), a web tool used to submit disclosure requests to companies on the data they collect and share with third parties about their customers, has now been expanded to submit disclosure requests to fitness tracker companies and dating applications.

The post Access My Info Canada now include fitness trackers, dating apps appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 16, 2016

Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons reviewed documents on BlackBerry for the CBC, and was interviewed by VICE on Canada's RCMP's use of IMSI catchers.

The post Christopher Parsons on BlackBerry and IMSI catchers appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 16, 2016

July 27-29 - Taipei

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

May 30, 2016

Media Coverage: New York Times, Foreign Policy, International Business Times, Chicago Tribune, VICE Motherboard, Taipei Times, Forbes, Techworm, Sputnik News, Network World, BoingBoing. Authors: Bill Marczak, John Scott-Railton 1. Executive Summary This report describes a campaign of targeted spyware attacks carried out by a sophisticated operator, which we call Stealth Falcon.  The attacks have been conducted […]

The post Keep Calm and (Don’t) Enable Macros: A New Threat Actor Targets UAE Dissidents appeared first on The Citizen Lab.