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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 27, 2015

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert spoke at the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), joining a panel discussion on "The Global Campaign Against Democratic Norms."

The post Ron Deibert at the National Endowment for Democracy appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jul 20, 2015

This report is an analysis of the types of content removed by WeChat on its public accounts (also known as "official accounts") blogging platform.

The post Politics, Rumors, and Ambiguity: Tracking Censorship on WeChat’s Public Accounts Platform appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 16, 2015

Citizen Lab's Research Fellow John Scott-Railton spoke to Politico regarding the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers in support of Bashar Al-Assad's government. An article by Business Insider also featured Citizen Lab research into ISIS malware attacks.

The post Citizen Lab research on Syrian Electronic Army in Politico appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 15, 2015

This post analyzes targeted malware attacks against groups in the Tibetan diaspora and Hong Kong that leverage the CVE-2014-4114 vulnerability

The post Targeted Attacks against Tibetan and Hong Kong Groups Exploiting CVE-2014-4114 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 10, 2015

China's censorship of social media platforms has largely been focused on speech that targets or criticizes the government, until recently. The Cyberspace Administration of China's new regulations will target sexual innuendo, in particular 25 of the most popular "dirty words" in China.

The post Jason Q. Ng on China’s censorship of online sexual innuendo, messaging applications, and event coverage appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 10, 2015

Cyber Stewards Network partner 7iber marked it's founding anniversary on Jordan's independence day by highlighting the poor state of press freedom and women's rights in the country.

The post 7iber featured in Newsweek for combatting censorship in Jordan appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Jun 02, 2015

Open Effect, a non-profit organization headed by Citizen Lab Research Fellow Andrew Hilts, received funding to further develop the Access My Info (AMI) tool from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), as part of its Community Investment Program.

The post Andrew Hilts’ Open Effect receives funding from CIRA appeared first on The Citizen Lab.