Summer Institute 2014

View the Agenda (Updated July 23)

About

The 2014 Citizen Lab Summer Institute will be held at the University of Toronto on July 28-31, 2014.

This workshop will bring together participants from across a range of academic disciplines and practitioner communities. Building on our 2013 Summer Institute, we will be convening to learn how censorship, circumvention, and surveillance may have changed over the past year and what new developments are possible to research information controls.

Format

The Summer Institute will include panels and presentations on information controls from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives and two days of intensive participant-led breakout groups and discussions in which participants will share latest methods, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.

As a participant-driven event, we expect attendees to not just present research but to work to understand how their work can assist others and vice versa. Each participant will be expected to come prepared to discuss their current projects, successes and difficulties they have experienced in their research to date, lessons and resources from their work that could help others, and questions and assistance they need with their projects.

Agenda

* This agenda is subject to change.

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Day 1: Monday, July 28

Location: Campbell Conference Centre, 1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs - Trinity College Site, University of Toronto (map)

Day 1 will feature a series of panels and discussions that provide perspectives from different disciplines on the main research areas of the workshop. We will explore recent developments and research in: network measurement and information controls; mobile security and privacy; public and corporate transparency; and surveillance.

9:00-10:00 - Breakfast

10:00-10:30 - Welcome and introduction

10:30-11:45 - Panel 1: Network Measurement and Information Controls

Moderator: Meredith Whittaker (Google Research)

Panelists:
Collin Anderson (Independent Researcher)
Phillipa Gill (Stony Brook University)
Jeffrey Knockel (University of New Mexico)
Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech)

11:45-12:00 - BREAK

12:00-13:00 - Panel 2: Mobile Security and Privacy

Moderator: Masashi Nishihata (Citizen Lab)

Panelists:
David Lie (University of Toronto)
Jakub Dalek (Citizen Lab) and Jason Q. Ng (Citizen Lab / Blocked on Weibo)
Bendert Zevenbergen (Oxford Internet Institute)


13:00-14:15 - LUNCH

14:15-15:45 - Panel 3: Corporate and Public Transparency

Moderator: Andrew Clement (University of Toronto)

Panelists:
Matt Braithwaite (Google)
Christopher Parsons (Citizen Lab)
Jon Penney (Citizen Lab / Berkman Center for Internet and Society)
Chris Prince (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Nathalie Marechal (Ranking Digital Rights Project)

15:45-16:00 - BREAK

16:00-17:30 - Panel 4: Surveillance

Moderator: Ron Deibert

Panelists:
Seth Hardy (Citizen Lab)
Bill Marczak (UC Berkeley and Citizen Lab) and John Scott-Railton (UCLA and Citizen Lab)
Ashkan Soltani (Independent Researcher)
Nicholas Weaver (International Computer Science Institute)
Cynthia Wong (Human Rights Watch)

17:30-19:00 - Reception in the Munk School Observatory Building (315 Bloor Street West) (map)

Day 2: Tuesday, July 29

Location: Library Room, 315 Bloor Street West, Munk School of Global Affairs - Observatory Site, University of Toronto (map)

On Day 2, participants will be divided into three tracks: Censorship, Network Interference and Circumvention; Surveillance and Defenses; Public and Corporate Transparency. These tracks correspond to the topics of participant proposals with the goal of sharing current projects, identifying areas for collaboration, and planning breakout group sessions for Day 3.

9:00-10:00 - Breakfast
Library (first floor, room B119)

10:00-10:15 - Introduction to Day 2
Library (first floor, room B119)

10:15-11:30 - Breakout sessions

Track 1: Censorship, Network Interference, Circumvention
Boardroom (first floor, room B115)
(see Track 1 group members)

Track 2: Surveillance and Defenses
Lecture Room (basement, B019)
(see Track 2 group members)

Track 3: Transparency
Transit House (next door)
(see Track 3 group members)

11:30-11:45 - BREAK
Light refreshments served in Library (first floor, room B119)

11:45-13:00 - Breakout sessions

13:00-14:15 - LUNCH
Lunch served in Library (first floor, room B119)

14:15-16:00 - Breakout sessions

16:00-16:15 - BREAK
Light refreshments served in Library (first floor, room B119)

16:15-17:00 - Mechanisms of Internet Surveillance and Attack
Demonstration by Nicholas Weaver (International Computer Science Institute)
Library (first floor, room B119)

Day 3: Wednesday, July 30

Location: Library Room, 315 Bloor Street West, Munk School of Global Affairs - Observatory Site, University of Toronto (map)

Day 3 will consist of participant organized breakout groups. The goal of this day is to develop manageable project ideas around the topic of the individual group. These projects should be relatively short term and something that can be committed to and achieved with the people in your group. The goal will be delivering a set of follow-up projects and activities that can be developed after the workshop. Breakout groups for Day 3 can be of any size and the structure of the sessions is determined by participants.

9:00-10:00 - Breakfast
Library (first floor, room B119)

10:00-10:15 - Introduction to Day 3
Library (first floor, room B119)

10:15-11:30 - Breakout group sessions

11:30-11:45 - BREAK
Light refreshments served in Library (first floor, room B119)

11:45-13:00 - Breakout group sessions

13:00-14:15 - LUNCH
Lunch served in Library (first floor, room B119)

14:15-15:45 - Breakout group sessions

15:45-16:00 - BREAK
Light refreshments served in Library (first floor, room B119)

16:00-17:00 - Breakout group sessions

17:00-19:00 - Dinner hosted by ASL19
Library (first floor, room B119)

Day 4: Thursday, July 31

Location: Library Room, 315 Bloor Street West, Munk School of Global Affairs - Observatory Site, University of Toronto (map)

We will bring the Summer Institute to a close with a wrap-up session in which we learn about what we all accomplished over the week and discuss plans moving forward for the breakout groups and our community in general.

11:00-13:00 - Wrap up session
Library (first floor, room B119)
Brunch served

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Breakout Groups

Track 1: Network Measurement, Information Controls, Circumvention

Group members:

Giuseppe Aceto (University of Napoli 'Federico II', Italy)
Collin Anderson (Independent)
Ali Bangi (ASL19)
Fereidoon Bashar (ASL19)
Sky Croeser (Curtin University)
Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech)
Bennett Haselton (Peace Fire)
Anne Henochowicz (China Digital Times)
Roger Hurwitz (MIT CSAIL)
Eric Jardine (CIGI)
Karl Kathuria (Psiphon)
Jeffrey Knockel (University of New Mexico)
Sarah Logan (Australian National University)
Jun Matsushita (iilab)
Jason Ng (Citizen Lab / Blocked on Weibo)
David Robinson (Robinson + Yu)
Laurier Rochon (ChokePoint Project)
Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University)
Zachary Weinberg (Carnegie Mellon University)
Ryan Westphal (Berkman Center for Internet and Society)
Philipp Winter (Karlstad University)
Sacha van Geffen
Bendert Zevenbergen (Oxford Internet Institute)


Track 2: Surveillance and Defenses

Group members:

Matt Braithwaite (Google)
Claudio Guarnieri (Independent Researcher)
Abhay Gupta (Empirical Foresights)
Frederic Jacobs (Open Whisper Systems)
Nadim Kobeissi (ShapeShape)
Bill Marczak (UC Berkeley / Citizen Lab)
Ndaru (Cyber Stewards Network)
Bryan Nunez (Rights Lab)
Enrique Piraces (Rights Lab)
John Scott Railton (UCLA / Citizen Lab)
Stuart Schechter (Microsoft)
Greg Wiseman (Rapid7)
Nicholas Weaver (ICSI)
Nart Villeneuve (FireEye)
Benjamin Zaiser

Track 3: Corporate and Public Transparency

Group members:

Matthew Barg (Sustain Analytics)
Andrew Hilts (Digital Stewardship Initiative)
Jon Penney (Citizen Lab / Berkman Center for Internet and Society)
Nicholas Koutros (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Christopher Parsons (Citizen Lab)
Chris Prince (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Nathalie Maréchal (Ranking Digital Rights)
Liz Woolery (OTI)

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Sponsors

The 2014 Summer Institute is sponsored by the University of Toronto's Connaught Fund and the Open Technology Fund.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact info at citizenlab.org