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Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2017

The 2017 Citizen Lab Summer Institute, which will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 12 to 14, is now open for proposal submissions.

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.

Bitter Sweet: Supporters of Mexico’s Soda Tax Targeted With NSO Exploit Links

This report describes an espionage operation using government-exclusive spyware to target Mexican government food scientists and two public health advocates.

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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.

Cashless Society, Cached Data: Security Considerations for a Chinese Social Credit System

The second post in this series examines a Chinese mobile payment app feature increasingly covered in foreign media: testing of what may one day be a nationwide official social credit system to replace its traditional analog counterpart. Our exploration of potential security, privacy, and other issues of such a system is meant to raise questions that can inform discussions about how it will evolve.

Cashless Society, Cached Data: Are Mobile Payment Systems Protecting Chinese Citizens’ Data?

This research series presents an in-depth examination of mobile payment systems, a rapidly evolving form of financial technology. We will provide an overview of how they are used in China–where they are taking off faster than anywhere else in the world–and what implications their security and data protection practices may have for millions of users, by presenting a case study on Alipay.

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Ron Deibert profiled in Mozilla’s StoryEngine

Director Ron Deibert was profiled in the Mozilla Foundation’s StoryEngine, which curates stories about Internet leaders and advocates, and gave an interview outlining the Citizen Lab’s work.

Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2017

The 2017 Citizen Lab Summer Institute, which will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 12 to 14, is now open for proposal submissions.

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.

Job Posting: Communications Professional

The Citizen Lab has an opening for a Communications Professional.

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