News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

Christopher Parsons weighs in on privacy concerns in Canada

Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to a number of media outlets this month on privacy issues in Canada, ranging from topics such as the expansion of Toronto Police Service’s surveillance technologies, the collection of social media data by the government, and concerns with particular mobile applications.

Op-ed by Ron Deibert: The Cyber Security Syndrome

In an op-ed on OpenCanada.org, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert argues that law enforcement and intelligence agencies such as the US’s NSA, UK’s GCHQ and Canada’s CSE must be highly accountable, transparent to democratically elected representatives, and unleashed to act only in tightly circumscribed way, in order to protect the liberal democratic society in which we live.

Epoch Times article features OpenNet Initiative and Access series

The Epoch Times cited the OpenNet Initiative, a project of the Citizen Lab, the SecDev Group, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as one of the best resources in learning about Internet filtering.

Detekt spyware detection tool released

Independent Researcher Claudio Guarnieri has partnered with Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty International to publicly release the Detekt tool, which allows journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for traces of known surveillance spyware.

Irene Poetranto’s op-ed on outdated Internet controls in Indonesia

Communications Officer / Researcher Irene Poetranto authored an op-ed in The Jakarta Post, urging for Indonesia’s new communications and information minister to end the country’s outdated Internet controls.

The Latin American Winter

Four years after the ‘Arab Spring’, it is believed that empowerment of civil society in Latin America has been hampered by formal and informal structures of power, which – legally and illegally- are funneling digital manifestations of social grievances, thus avoiding significant challenges to the status quo.

Hacking Team CEO responds to Morgan Marquis-Boire’s article

Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti responded to an article co-authored by Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher and Technical Advisor Morgan Marquis-Boire on The Intercept.

Morgan Marquis-Boire co-authors piece on Hacking Team

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire has co-authored an article exploring the sale of commercial spyware produced by Hacking Team to law enforcement agencies and governments across the globe.

Jennie Phillips Speaking on Utilization Focused Evaluation

Jennie will be giving a talk titled “Debunking Utilization-Focused Evaluation (U-FE): Lessons Learned Applying UFE Theory to Practice” at The 25th Edward F. Kelly Evaluation Conference at OISE, University of Toronto on November 7th, 2014

Book Launch: The Coming Swarm: DDoS, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet

November 6, 2014