News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

Ron Deibert interviewed by DAWN regarding Internet privacy

Pakistan’s English newspaper DAWN spoke to Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert regarding the privacy challenges that individual users can face, in light of the fact that our communications are increasingly mediated through the Internet.

Christopher Parsons on Canada’s CSIS

In an internal report obtained by the Toronto Star, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) states that the spy agency cannot keep up with threats from state-sponsored hackers. Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons told the Toronto Star the report, along with cases like the cyber attack of the NRC by Chinese sponsored hackers, point to the militarization of the Internet.

Christopher Parsons on Bell hacking, FBI investigation

Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to the Ottawa Citizen regarding the hacking of Bell Canada last year.

Citizen Lab at the 2015 Freedom Online Coalition conference

May 4-5 — Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Pakistan’s DAWN newspaper on FinFisher and cyber crime

In an article entitled “Fishing in troubled waters,” Pakistan’s English newspaper DAWN highlighted issues surrounding surveillance and cyber crime in the country.

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.

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 a number of events.

Jason Q. Ng on Apple accommodating Chinese demands

According to state media organization People’s Daily, Apple agreed to Chinese government “security checks.” Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng expressed concern that this practice may set a trend of compliance to such demands amongst other firms.

Young Global Leaders names Morgan Marquis-Boire in Class of 2015

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire was named on the Young Global Leaders list for the Class of 2015, an organization headed by the World Economic Forum. The community is intended to provide the next generation of leaders with a platform to engage global affairs for positive change.

Chris Parsons on CSE targeting Canadians

In an article contributed to the National Post, Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons explains that the activities of the Communications Security Establishment constitute 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 strongly undermine CSE’s claim that Canadians are not “targeted” by domestic security agencies.