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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

Mar 12, 2015

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire contributed to research related to Babar, a piece of malware believed to have been produced by the French government. The software is capable of eavesdropping on online conversations, such as those held on Skype, MSN, and Yahoo Messenger.

The post Morgan Marquis-Boire on Babar and Casper malware appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 10, 2015

Hundreds of members of the Tibetan community are being targeted by email-based malware attacks that leverage the March 10 Tibetan Uprising anniversary as a theme. This report analyzes two March 10 related attacks. One using a new malware family we call MsAttacker , and another using the ShadowNet malware family and command and control infrastructure related to previous campaigns that targeted the Tibetan community.

The post Tibetan Uprising Day Malware Attacks appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 09, 2015

The research findings documented in this report suggest that Hacking Team may have continued to provide updated versions of its spyware to the same attacker who have targeted ESAT journalists based in the United States in 2014, despite reports of use of the spyware against journalists.

The post Hacking Team Reloaded? US-Based Ethiopian Journalists Again Targeted with Spyware appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 09, 2015

Citizen Lab is sending an open letter to Hacking Team, providing a copy of our latest report on the company and highlighting our reasons for concern from these latest findings.

The post Open letter to Hacking Team appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 05, 2015

The Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights is a series of intensive research workshops hosted annually at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The post Call for Proposals: Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2015 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 03, 2015

The OECD concluded that Gamma International had failed to act consistently their guidelines, which require businesses to do appropriate due diligence in their operations, ensuring that negative human rights effects are avoided.

The post OECD finds actions of Gamma International to be in violation of human rights appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 03, 2015

The Citizen Lab will be hosting two sessions, "Asia Chats" and "Filtering Free Expression," at the RightsCon 2015 conference in Manila, Philippines.

The post Citizen Lab at RightsCon 2015 appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Feb 27, 2015

Citizen Lab Post-doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to the CBC on the implications of Canada's Bill C-51, as well as CSE's email storage and monitoring.

The post Christopher Parsons raises concerns regarding Bill C-51, CSE email monitoring appeared first on The Citizen Lab.