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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 11, 2016

Access My Info (AMI), a web tool used to submit disclosure requests to telecommunications providers on the data they collect and share with third parties about their customers, launched in Hong Kong.

The post Access My Info launched in Hong Kong appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

May 11, 2016

Citizen Lab's Cyber Stewards Network Partner ICT Watch is one of the winners of the 2016 WSIS Champion Projects Award, for their project titled 'Internet Sehat' (Internet Healthy) Toward Indonesian Information Society.

The post Cyber Stewards Network partner ICT Watch wins 2016 WSIS Award appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 27, 2016

In "Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use," Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jon Penney analyzes the fall of traffic to Wikipedia articles about terror groups and their techniques after the Snowden revelations.

The post Jon Penney publishes paper on the “chilling effects” of online surveillance appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 20, 2016

Recent reports have indicated that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has had a key to unlock encrypted messages sent between BlackBerry users since 2010. Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons commented on the significance of the revelations in an interview with VICE Motherboard.

The post Christopher Parsons on the RCMP’s BlackBerry encryption key appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 18, 2016

In this research note, we analyze a malware campaign targeting Hong Kong democracy activists. Two new malware families are used in the campaign that we name UP007 and SLServer. Previous reports have shown overlap in the tactics, tools, and procedures used in this campaign in other operations targeting groups in Burma, Hong Kong, and the Tibetan community.

The post Between Hong Kong and Burma: Tracking UP007 and SLServer Espionage Campaigns appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Apr 05, 2016

Citizen Lab research partner Open Effect today announced the release of the full report detailing our year-long research collaboration into the privacy and security of wearable fitness tracking devices.

The post Every Step You Fake: Final Report released appeared first on The Citizen Lab.