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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

Nov 27, 2014

Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to a number of media outlets this month on privacy issues in Canada, ranging from topics such as the expansion of Toronto Police Service's surveillance technologies, the collection of social media data by the government, and concerns with particular mobile applications.

The post Christopher Parsons weighs in on privacy concerns in Canada appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 26, 2014

In an op-ed on OpenCanada.org, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert argues that law enforcement and intelligence agencies such as the US's NSA, UK's GCHQ and Canada's CSE must be highly accountable, transparent to democratically elected representatives, and unleashed to act only in tightly circumscribed way, in order to protect the liberal democratic society in which we live.

The post Op-ed by Ron Deibert: The Cyber Security Syndrome appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 24, 2014

An article on The Conversation references Citizen Lab reports, which documents the use of US-based Blue Coat Systems' products by authoritarian regimes in Syria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Egypt and Kuwait.

The post Citizen Lab research on Blue Coat cited in article on censorship in Syria appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 24, 2014

The Epoch Times cited the OpenNet Initiative, a project of the Citizen Lab, the SecDev Group, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as one of the best resources in learning about Internet filtering.

The post Epoch Times article features OpenNet Initiative and Access series appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 24, 2014

Independent Researcher Claudio Guarnieri has partnered with Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty International to publicly release the Detekt tool, which allows journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for traces of known surveillance spyware.

The post Detekt spyware detection tool released appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 17, 2014

Communications Officer / Researcher Irene Poetranto authored an op-ed in The Jakarta Post, urging for Indonesia's new communications and information minister to end the country's outdated Internet controls.

The post Irene Poetranto’s op-ed on outdated Internet controls in Indonesia appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Nov 14, 2014

Four years after the 'Arab Spring', it is believed that empowerment of civil society in Latin America has been hampered by formal and informal structures of power, which - legally and illegally- are funneling digital manifestations of social grievances, thus avoiding significant challenges to the status quo.

The post The Latin American Winter appeared first on The Citizen Lab.