News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

Christopher Parsons on social media surveillance

Christopher Parsons spoke to the CBC regarding the Canadian government’s growing interest in the real-time contents of social media and to the Washington Post on privacy concerns with Uber’s rider database.

Morgan Marquis-Boire featured in New Zealand Herald

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire discussed his research into online threat to activists and media and his work as the director of security at First Look Media.

Jon Penney interviewed regarding Canadian security agencies

Jon Penney, a law professor at Dalhousie University and Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab, was interviewed by VICE Motherboard regarding the dynamic between Canada’s security agencies and the courts. He explained the government’s tendency to fight back against the court’s insistence that CSIS and the Communications Security Estabilishment Canada (CSEC) must keep them up to date on their operations.

Helmi Noman interviewed for piece on Syrian Electronic Army

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman was interviewed by the International Business Times regarding the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), and its attack of several international news sites. The SEA is a group of hackers in support of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad’s regime, known to target opposition political group.

Jason Q. Ng contributes to China censorship discussion

Citizen Lab Fellow Jason Q. Ng published a number of articles on this month on Internet censorship in China.

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.

Citizen Lab research on Blue Coat cited in article on censorship in Syria

An article on The Conversation references Citizen Lab reports, which documents the use of US-based Blue Coat Systems’ products by authoritarian regimes in Syria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Egypt and Kuwait.

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.

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.