News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

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.

2016 Citizen Lab Fellowship Opportunities

In 2016, we have three exciting fellowship programs open for applications that provide the opportunity for students, researchers, and software developers to spend from three months to up to one year at the Citizen Lab.

Andrew Hilts on fitness tracker privacy concerns

Citizen Lab Research Fellow and Executive Director of OpenEffect Andrew Hilts was interviewed by Fox8 News Cleveland regarding privacy concerns with popular fitness trackers, including Apple, Fitbit, and Basis. The findings were detailed in the report “Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security.”

Ron Deibert hosted Q&A with Snowden attorney Ben Wizner

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert hosted a Q&A session with Ben Wizner, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and attorney for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The event followed the screening of the CITIZENFOUR film.

Citizen Lab and partners at RightsCon 2016

March 30-April 1 – San Francisco, California