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Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2017

The 2017 Citizen Lab Summer Institute, which will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 12 to 14, is now open for proposal submissions.

Who’s Watching Little Brother? A Checklist for Accountability in the Industry Behind Government Hacking

We are releasing a more comprehensive “checklist” consolidating our thoughts on how best to confront the lack of accountability in the commercial spyware trade.

Bitter Sweet: Supporters of Mexico’s Soda Tax Targeted With NSO Exploit Links

This report describes an espionage operation using government-exclusive spyware to target Mexican government food scientists and two public health advocates.

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Derechos Digitales and the EFF publish report on Chilean ISP privacy policies

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.”

Adrian Fong publishes paper on app intermediaries and data privacy

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.

不能说的秘密:新浪微博和微信上被过滤的“709追捕”

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。

We (can’t) Chat: “709 Crackdown” Discussions Blocked on Weibo and WeChat

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.

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Adrian Fong publishes paper on app intermediaries and data privacy

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.

Ron Deibert at the Berkeley Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity

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.

Ron Deibert interviewed by CTV News on Black Code documentary

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.

Google Policy Fellowship at Citizen Lab and CIPPIC

The Citizen Lab is a host organization for the 2017 Google Policy Fellowships in Canada. Applications to the Canada Fellowship Program must be received by end of day on Friday, April 28, 2017.

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