Research News

Citizen Lab’s latest research publications.

Reckless Exploit: Mexican Journalists, Lawyers, and a Child Targeted with NSO Spyware

Uncovering an operation using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware and Trident exploit framework to target Mexican journalists, lawyers, and even a minor child.

Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus

Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of the Russian government were manipulated and then released as a “leak” to discredit domestic and foreign critics of the government. We call this technique “tainted leaks.”

The Role of App Intermediaries in Protecting Data Privacy

Former Google Policy Fellow Adrian Fong has published a paper titled “The Role of App Intermediaries in Protecting Data Privacy,” based on research that he had conducted, in part, at the Citizen Lab in summer 2016. The paper was published in the International Journal of Law and Technology.

不能说的秘密:新浪微博和微信上被过滤的“709追捕”

本报告属于多伦多大学蒙克全球事物学院公民实验室对微信和新浪微博信息审查的研究系列。通过一系列测试,研究者发现了在这两个平台上被审查过滤的与“709追捕”相关的关键词和图片。与公民实验室过去的研究结果相同,审查以不透明的形式进行。

We (can’t) Chat: “709 Crackdown” Discussions Blocked on Weibo and WeChat

This report analyzes the information control practices related to a national crackdown on Chinese rights lawyers and activists on two leading Chinese social media networks. We document the Search filtering on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, as well as keyword and image censorship on WeChat, the most popular chat app in China.

In Jordan, the “Invisible Hand” Blocks Internet Archive

In this post, Reem al Masri of Citizen Lab’s Cyber Stewards Network partner 7iber investigates the process of Archive.org being blocked in Jordan.

New Report: An Overview of Internet Infrastructure and Governance in the Phillippines

The Cyber Stewards Network is pleased to announce the release of a report titled “An Overview of Internet Infrastructure and Governance in the Philippines.” The report outlines the key actors, regulatory structures, and challenges facing the development of the ICT sector in the country, as well as privacy and cybersecurity concerns.

Who’s Watching Little Brother? A Checklist for Accountability in the Industry Behind Government Hacking

We are releasing a more comprehensive “checklist” consolidating our thoughts on how best to confront the lack of accountability in the commercial spyware trade.

Black Code Documentary in theatres April 14th, screening at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The ‘Black Code’ documentary film, based on Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert’s book of the same name, will be in theatres as of April 14th, 2017. It will also be screened as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London on March 10 and 11, 2017, and is to be followed by a discussion on both evenings, and again in Toronto on April 6th.

Citizen Lab 2016 Report highlights and year in review

This post recaps Citizen Lab’s major research reports for 2016, which span issues surrounding censorship, surveillance, privacy, and cybersecurity as they relate to fitness trackers, political dissidents, social media users, and more.