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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.
As a follow-up to our post about the number of sites miscategorized by SmartFilter, our tests with Blue Coat show that miscategorization is not a problem limited to a single product. We should be skeptical of any company's claims that they are able to categorize much of the web accurately, or that their rate of "collateral damage" is very low.
The post Blue Coat Errors: Sites Miscategorized as “Pornography” appeared first on The Citizen Lab.
The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto is one of ten non-profits in the U.S. and abroad to receive the New Digital Age Grants.
The post Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt Awards Citizen Lab “New Digital Age” Grant appeared first on The Citizen Lab.
March 29, 2014
The post Citizen Lab at the International Studies Association conference appeared first on The Citizen Lab.
On January 20, 2014 the Citizen Lab along with leading Canadian academics and civil liberties groups asked Canadian telecommunications companies to reveal the extent to which they disclose information to state authorities. This post summarizes and analyzes the responses from the companies, and argues that the companies have done little to ultimately clarify their disclosure policies. We conclude by indicating the subsequent steps in this research project.
The post The Murky State of Canadian Telecommunications Surveillance appeared first on The Citizen Lab.
Citizen Lab Post-doctoral Fellow Chris Parsons was interviewed by a number of media outlets with regard to surveillance and privacy.
The post Citizen Lab Post-doctoral Fellow Chris Parsons on surveillance and privacy appeared first on The Citizen Lab.