News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

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.”

Citizen Lab research on Syrian Electronic Army in Politico

Citizen Lab’s Research Fellow John Scott-Railton spoke to Politico regarding the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers in support of Bashar Al-Assad’s government. An article by Business Insider also featured Citizen Lab research into ISIS malware attacks.

Jason Q. Ng on China’s censorship of online sexual innuendo, messaging applications, and event coverage

China’s censorship of social media platforms has largely been focused on speech that targets or criticizes the government, until recently. The Cyberspace Administration of China’s new regulations will target sexual innuendo, in particular 25 of the most popular “dirty words” in China.

7iber featured in Newsweek for combatting censorship in Jordan

Cyber Stewards Network partner 7iber marked it’s founding anniversary on Jordan’s independence day by highlighting the poor state of press freedom and women’s rights in the country.

Citizen Lab and Cyber Stewards Network at 2015 APrIGF workshops

July 1-3 – Macau

Andrew Hilts’ Open Effect receives funding from CIRA

Open Effect, a non-profit organization headed by Citizen Lab Research Fellow Andrew Hilts, received funding to further develop the Access My Info (AMI) tool from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), as part of its Community Investment Program.

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

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 29th session; the report is scheduled for discussion on June 17.

Morgan Marquis-Boire to speak at BlackHat USA 2015

August 5-6 – Las Vegas

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.