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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

Apr 16, 2014

Citizen Lab has collaborated with Human Rights Watch to document Internet censorship in Ethiopia.

The post Citizen Lab collaborates with Human Rights Watch on Internet censorship testing in Ethiopia appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 29, 2014

Deibert was joined by Omar El Akkad, Technology reporter at the Globe and Mail and Mornay Walters, Chief Executive Officer of Seecrypt Group, a maker of secure communications software for mobile devices.

The post Ron Deibert joins privacy debate at the Globe and Mail appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 29, 2014

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire has been invited to join the Freedom of the Press Foundation's new Technical Advisory Board.

The post Morgan Marquis-Boire joins Freedom of the Press Foundation Advisory Board appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 29, 2014

Penney writes about how the Fair Elections Act will make it even easier for Canadian political parties to access our personal information and undermine democracy.

The post Jon Penney authors op-ed in Toronto Star appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Mar 29, 2014

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng was quoted in a recent story about Chinese microblogging platform Weibo.

The post Jason Q. Ng quoted in AFP on Weibo IPO appeared first on The Citizen Lab.