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Cyber Stewards selected as Quantified Society grant winners

Cyber Stewards Network partners Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) in Argentina and Derechos Digitales in Chile are among the recipients of the Quantified Society Grants, which distribute $270,000 to organizations in 10 countries around the world.The international Quantified Society called for submissions from researchers, academics, journalists, huma
Publish At:2015-08-07 13:40 | Read:818 | Comments:0 | Tags:Awards News and Announcements Cyber Stewards

Ron Deibert at the National Endowment for Democracy

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert spoke at the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), joining a panel discussion on “The Global Campaign Against Democratic Norms.”The event, which took place in Washington DC, also featured Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University
Publish At:2015-07-27 15:20 | Read:691 | Comments:0 | Tags:Journal Articles News and Announcements Ron Deibert Censorsh

Andrew Hilts’ Open Effect receives funding from CIRA

Open Effect, a non-profit organization headed by Citizen Lab Research Fellow Andrew Hilts, has been awarded funding from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). CIRA provided funds as part of its Community Investment Program, selecting 25 non-profit organizations which work on Internet issues.The funds will be used to further expand the Access M
Publish At:2015-06-03 05:40 | Read:1077 | Comments:0 | Tags:Andrew Hilts News and Announcements

Encryption and anonymity in digital communications: new report by UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David K

The report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (“SR on FOE”), David Kaye, regarding the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications, is now available. The SR on FOE submitted this report to the UN Human Rights Council for consideration during its upcoming 29t
Publish At:2015-05-28 14:55 | Read:862 | Comments:0 | Tags:News and Announcements Sarah McKune Encryption

We will miss you, Roger Hurwitz

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of MIT’s Roger Hurwitz, a close friend and colleague of the Citizen Lab and a senior scholar of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.I first met Roger many years ago when he invited me to give a talk to the Computer S
Publish At:2015-04-24 13:45 | Read:1181 | Comments:0 | Tags:News and Announcements

Jennie Phillips on Digital Humanitarian Activism and Risk

As part of her ongoing research on developing resilience in high-risk digital crisis response networks, Citizen Lab Doctoral Fellow Jennie Phillips will be speaking at the following events:Wednesday, April 8th – 3 Minute Thesis Division FinalsThis coming Wednesday, Jennie Phillips will be competing in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition at the University o
Publish At:2015-04-13 17:40 | Read:1114 | Comments:0 | Tags:Jennie Phillips News and Announcements

Chris Parsons on CSE targeting Canadians

In an article published in the National Post, Citizen Lab Post-doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons explains that the activities of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) constitute as spying on Canadians. Parsons summarizes several findings regarding the mandate and practices of the organization leaked over the last year and a half, many of which st
Publish At:2015-04-01 01:15 | Read:779 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the Media News and Announcements Cana

Citizen Lab at RightsCon 2015

The Citizen Lab will be hosting two sessions, “Asia Chats” and “Filtering Free Expression,” at the RightsCon 2015 conference in Manila, Philippines.(1) “Asia Chats: Security and Privacy of Asian Messaging Apps”Abstract: “In Asia, mobile chat apps like WeChat, LINE, and KakaoTalk are hugely popular and rapidly expandi
Publish At:2015-03-04 00:40 | Read:640 | Comments:0 | Tags:News and Announcements Asia Chats Events-Based Information C

Joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

In response to the call for submissions of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression regarding the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications, the Citizen Lab and independent researcher Collin Anderson have submitted a joint analysis, entitled “The need for democratization of digital security solutions to ensur
Publish At:2015-02-11 00:25 | Read:1444 | Comments:0 | Tags:Collin Anderson News and Announcements Sarah McKune Encrypti

TrackerSSL highlights insecure websites and their ad trackers

By Andrew Hilts, Executive Director of Open Effect and Research Fellow, Citizen Lab.It is well known that advertisers track people’s web browsing habits across the Internet, but what’s less well known is that this tracking is largely done in an insecure manner. As demand for secure technology grows, most websites will not be able to protect their readers unl
Publish At:2015-01-29 04:50 | Read:1925 | Comments:0 | Tags:Andrew Hilts News and Announcements Research News Media meta

Jason Q. Ng contributes to China censorship discussion

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng spoke at a panel organized by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs regarding censorship in Asia. Panelists considered ways of measuring global censorship, and discussed potential paths forward in combating these issues. Ng was joined by  Meredith Whittaker, who is the Open Source Resea
Publish At:2014-12-01 23:50 | Read:1584 | Comments:0 | Tags:In the News Jason Q. Ng News and Announcements Censorship Ch

Helmi Noman interviewed for piece on Syrian Electronic Army

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 most recent cyber-attack it car
Publish At:2014-12-01 23:50 | Read:1473 | Comments:0 | Tags:Helmi Noman In the News News and Announcements Hacking Syria

Jon Penney interviewed regarding Canadian security agencies

Canada’s spy agencies frequently consult the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) to intercept Canadians’ communications, a fact which has become evident from information emerging from a series of court cases. In March of 2014, a Federal Court judge ordered details of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) surveillance p
Publish At:2014-12-01 23:50 | Read:2222 | Comments:0 | Tags:In the News Jon Penney News and Announcements Canada CSEC Su

Christopher Parsons weighs in on privacy concerns in Canada

Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons was interviewed by a number of media outlets on several privacy concerns in Canada this month, ranging from topics such as the expansion of Toronto Police Service’s surveillance technologies, the collection of social media data by the government, and concerns with particular mobile applications.In an
Publish At:2014-11-28 01:10 | Read:1247 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the News News and Announcements Canad

Op-ed by Ron Deibert: The Cyber Security Syndrome

According to a briefing sheet leaked by Edward Snowden, the “unauthorized disclosure” of the “Sentry Eagle” program, an umbrella term that the National Security Agency (NSA) used to encompass its most sensitive programs “to protect America’s cyberspace,” would negatively impact the United States’ “ability to exploit
Publish At:2014-11-26 22:05 | Read:976 | Comments:0 | Tags:News and Announcements Ron Deibert Surveillance united state

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