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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

Dec 01, 2016

多伦多大学公民实验室的最新报告揭露了微信平台的审查机制。微信是中国腾讯控股有限公司旗下的即时通讯应用,目前是中国最受欢迎的聊天软件之一,也是全球排名第四的最流行聊天软件

The post “一APP两制”:微信如何区别审查中国及海外用户 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 01, 2016

In this report we provide the first systematic study of keyword and website censorship on WeChat, the most popular chat app in China

The post One App, Two Systems: How WeChat uses one censorship policy in China and another internationally appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 30, 2016

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert will be giving testimony to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights Wednesday November 30th 2016 at 11:30 AM.

The post Director Ron Deibert to testify at Canadian Senate committee appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 17, 2016

In this report we track a malware operation targeting members of the Tibetan Parliament that used known and patched exploits to deliver a custom backdoor known as KeyBoy. We analyze multiple versions of KeyBoy revealing a development cycle focused on avoiding basic antivirus detection.

The post It’s Parliamentary: KeyBoy and the targeting of the Tibetan Community appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 04, 2016

Citizen Lab Senior Research Fellow John Scott-Railton has published an updated version of his "Security for the High-Risk user" paper, first published in the IEEE Security & Privacy in spring 2016. The updates were made based on new evidence of attacks against two-factor and account recovery SMSes, underlining the need for innovation in two-factor authentication.

The post Security for the High-Risk User appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 04, 2016

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) plans to send text messages to individuals who were present in the particular neighbourhood in which a homicide occurred, in an attempt to gain more information in solving the crime. Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons commented on the use and storage of this data.

The post Christopher Parsons on the police’s mass text message to solve homicide appeared first on The Citizen Lab.