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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

May 25, 2017

Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of the Russian government were manipulated and then released as a “leak” to discredit domestic and foreign critics of the government. We call this technique “tainted leaks.”

The post Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

May 01, 2017

The Citizen Lab is a host organization for the 2017 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship, as is Cyber Stewards Network Partner Derechos Digitales. Applications are due May 21st, 2017 at 3:59 pm EST.

The post 2017 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Applications open appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 19, 2017

Cyber Stewards Network Partner Derechos Digitales has published a report in collaboration with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, titled "Who Has Your Back in Chile? First-Annual Report Seeks to Find Out Which Chilean ISPs Stand With Their Users."

The post Derechos Digitales and the EFF publish report on Chilean ISP privacy policies appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 18, 2017

Former Google Policy Fellow Adrian Fong has published a paper titled "The Role of App Intermediaries in Protecting Data Privacy," based on research that he had conducted, in part, at the Citizen Lab in summer 2016. The paper was published in the International Journal of Law and Technology.

The post Adrian Fong publishes paper on app intermediaries and data privacy appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 18, 2017

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert gave a talk at the Berkeley Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) as part of a seminar series, in which he spoke about “Cyber Espionage and Civil Society: A Silent Epidemic.” In his presentation, Deibert focused on Citizen Lab's work on targeted digital threats.

The post Ron Deibert at the Berkeley Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 13, 2017

本报告属于多伦多大学蒙克全球事物学院公民实验室对微信和新浪微博信息审查的研究系列。通过一系列测试,研究者发现了在这两个平台上被审查过滤的与“709追捕”相关的关键词和图片。与公民实验室过去的研究结果相同,审查以不透明的形式进行。

The post 不能说的秘密:新浪微博和微信上被过滤的“709追捕” appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 13, 2017

This report analyzes the information control practices related to a national crackdown on Chinese rights lawyers and activists on two leading Chinese social media networks. We document the Search filtering on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, as well as keyword and image censorship on WeChat, the most popular chat app in China.

The post We (can’t) Chat: “709 Crackdown” Discussions Blocked on Weibo and WeChat appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 11, 2017

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert was interviewed by CTV News about the newly released Black Code documentary, which has been screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and is in theatres April 14th. The ‘Black Code’ documentary film is based on Ron Deibert’s book of the same name, and was directed by Nicholas de Pencier, who also participated in the CTV interview.

The post Ron Deibert interviewed by CTV News on Black Code documentary appeared first on The Citizen Lab.