News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

‘Who’s Got Your Back? Securing Trust in a World of Backdoors and Gatekeepers

May 13 – Hong Kong

Access My Info launched in Hong Kong

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.

Cyber Stewards Network partner ICT Watch wins 2016 WSIS Award

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.

Jon Penney publishes paper on the “chilling effects” of online surveillance

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.

Christopher Parsons on the RCMP’s BlackBerry encryption key

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.

Chilling Effects: Insights on how laws and surveillance impact people online

April 27 – Boston, Massachusetts

Christopher Parsons on RCMP’s mobile investigation tool

Court documents provided in a case before the Quebec Court of Appeal indicate that the RCMP used advanced technology to spy on mobile phones in a criminal investigation on organized crime. Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to the Globe and Mail about the case.

Washington Post cites Ron Deibert’s “Cyberspace under Siege”

The Washington Post (WP) cited Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert’s article in the Journal of Democracy, entitled “Cyberspace Under Siege.”

Privacy International report cites Citizen Lab research

Privacy International (PI) latest report, entitled “The President’s Men?,” explores the role of Egypt’s Technical Research Department (TRD), a secret unit in the country’s intelligence infrastructure. In the report, PI cite Citizen Lab research on FinFisher and Hacking Team.

Christopher Parsons and Morgan Marquis-Boire on Apple’s encryption battle

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced that the company would battle a court order requiring it to turn over information stored on an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters to the FBI. Christopher Parsons and Morgan Marquis-Boire outline the possibility that the creation of a backdoor would be used as a precedent for future cases.