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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

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.

Aug 16, 2016

A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers has claimed to have hacked an elite cyberattack organization associated with the U.S National Security Agency (NSA), and is offering the stolen technology to the highest bidder. Citizen Lab Senior Research Fellow Claudio Guarnieri discussed the credibility of the claims with The Wired.

The post Claudio Guarnieri on alleged NSA-affiliated Equation Group hack appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 15, 2016

Citizen Lab's research were featured in programs on Middle Eastern democracy by Alhurra and the world of online mercenaries offering hacking services by VICE, respectively.

The post Citizen Lab research in Alhurra and VICE appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 15, 2016

Citizen Lab Research Manager Masashi Crete-Nishihata was interviewed by Al Jazeera regarding censorship practices in popular Asian instant messaging applications.

The post Masashi Crete-Nishihata on LINE’s IPO and censorship concerns appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 15, 2016

Strathmore Law School in Kenya and the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) have published a report on Internet shutdown in Ethiopia.

The post Summer Institute leads to OONI and Strathmore report appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Aug 08, 2016

In this report we analyze Windows and Android versions of web browser UC Browser, and find they transmitted personally identifiable information with easily decryptable encryption and were vulnerable to arbitrary code execution during software updates

The post A Tough Nut to Crack: A Further Look at Privacy and Security Issues in UC Browser appeared first on The Citizen Lab.