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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

Dec 18, 2014

This report describes a malware attack on a Syrian citizen media group critical of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Though we are unable to conclusively attribute the attack to ISIS or its supporters, a link to ISIS is plausible. The malware used in the attack differs substantially from campaigns linked to the Syrian regime, and the attack is against a group that is an active target of ISIS forces. In the interest of highlighting a developing threat, this post analyzes the attack and provides a list of Indicators of Compromise.

The post Malware Attack Targeting Syrian ISIS Critics appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 16, 2014

In an article published on openDemocracy.net, Citizen Lab Senior Legal Advisor Sarah McKune writes about the digital threats that civil society organizations (CSOs) face in carrying out their work, which undermine their privacy and compromise sensitive information. "To address this problem we must expand the terms and scope of the debate, exploring the link between the right to privacy and access to digital security more fully," said McKune.

The post Privacy and security in cyberspace: Right of all or luxury of the few? appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 10, 2014

Contained are links to a set of 9,054 sensitive Chinese keywords, which combine 13 existing lists. These keywords may be helpful to researchers who are searching for censored content in Chinese or testing for network interference.

The post Repository of censored and sensitive Chinese keywords: 13 lists, 9,054 terms appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 09, 2014

Christopher Parsons spoke to the CBC regarding the Canadian government's growing interest in the real-time contents of social media and to the Washington Post on privacy concerns with Uber's rider database.

The post Christopher Parsons on social media surveillance appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 09, 2014

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire discussed his research into online threat to activists and media and his work as the director of security at First Look Media.

The post Morgan Marquis-Boire featured in New Zealand Herald appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 01, 2014

Jon Penney, a law professor at Dalhousie University and Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab, was interviewed by VICE Motherboard regarding the dynamic between Canada's security agencies and the courts. He explained the government's tendency to fight back against the court's insistence that CSIS and the Communications Security Estabilishment Canada (CSEC) must keep them up to date on their operations.

The post Jon Penney interviewed regarding Canadian security agencies appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 01, 2014

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman was interviewed by the International Business Times regarding the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), and its attack of several international news sites. The SEA is a group of hackers in support of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad's regime, known to target opposition political group.

The post Helmi Noman interviewed for piece on Syrian Electronic Army appeared first on The Citizen Lab.

Dec 01, 2014

Citizen Lab Fellow Jason Q. Ng published a number of articles on this month on Internet censorship in China.

The post Jason Q. Ng contributes to China censorship discussion appeared first on The Citizen Lab.