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Director Ron Deibert gave a talk titled “The global battle for the future of cyberspace” in Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands, on 22 November at 3 PM. Deibert spoke alongside Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament, and William H. Dutton, a Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Poster [pdf].

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert spoke at TEDx Toronto on 26 October at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. He discussed how there is a paradox today: As never before are we surrounded by so much technology, and, yet, as never before do we know so little about what goes on beneath the surface of that technology. Deibert spoke about the Citizen Lab and some of our research projects, and then encouraged everyone to become a hacker in the original sense of the term: Developing an ethic of experimentation and curiosity about cyberspace. Learn more about the event and it’s speakers at www.TEDxToronto.com.

The New Cold War
The Walrus Magazine June 2012 Issue
“Citizen Lab, a group of University of Toronto hacktivists, techies, human rights advocates, and academics, is leading the global charge for democracy in cyberspace”


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12 Canadians changing the way we think
Toronto Star, Sunday, January 8, 2011
“Godfather of Gen-H hacktivists, Deibert presides over a fiercely dedicated network of cyberdetectives based at U of T, but stretching worldwide, who have monitored everything from Chinese electronic espionage to crackdowns on the Arab Spring.”

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TVO Agenda: Cyber Security Debated
TVO Agenda Friday July 8, 2011
“Securing Cyberspace: How well protected are you online? How can we secure cyberspace while maintaining the innovation that an open internet continues to provide?”

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Cyber Security: Canada Is Failing The World
Huffington Post Canada – May 26 – 2011
“Although the G8 summit will cover a range of issues, President Nicolas Sarkozy has signaled that cyber security issues will rank high on the agenda. What will be Canada’s contribution to the discussions? What will Prime Minister Stephen Harper bring to the table?”

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The new cyber military-industrial complex
Globe and Mail – March 28 – 2011
“There’s an arms race in cyberspace, and a massively exploding new cyber-industrial complex that serves it.”

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Conversations with Dr Ron Deibert
Radio Canada International -
February 18 – 2011

“We’ll look at the issues of Internet freedom and surveillance, and what can be learned about Internet freedom and protests such as those in Egypt over the past few weeks.”

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Ron Deibert on Egypt and Threats to an Open Cyberspace
Spark, CBC Radio – February 1 – 2011
“We also talked more broadly about the risks associated with a more centralized internet, and why he thinks internet access should be considered a human right.”

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Blogging Dangerously
Index on Censorship -
December 10 – 2010

“The next generation of censorship is in full force. Ron Deibert reports on new tactics and argues that only a global movement can protect free speech online.”

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The Post-Cablegate Era
NY Times Essay – December 9 – 2010
“We will need new rules, norms and principles to adjust to this new environment. Meanwhile, some timeless legal and ethical principles should always apply.”

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The untouchable hackers of St. Petersburg
Globe and Mail – November 12 – 2010
“Cybercrime thrives not just because of ingenuity and lawlessness, but because of social media opportunities. Koobface (an anagram of Facebook) succeeds by mimicking normal social networking behaviour.”

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Ron Deibert on Citizen Lab
Globe and Mail – November 3 – 2010
Professor Ron Deibert discusses the work of the Citizen Lab: an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto

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The Buried Threats in That Tweet: Worse Than You Think
NY Times Essay – September 24 – 2010
“While the consequence of this particular Twitter worm may have been seemingly harmless, the malady that it represents is profoundly complex and not easily solved.”

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Cyberspace confidential
Globe and Mail Essay – August 6 – 2010
“We leave electronic traces of ourselves scattered across the servers of this vast geographically extended domain like granules of sand on an endlessly mutating, ever-expanding beach. But who controls this domain and what are they doing with our data? ”

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Canada, check your privacy settings
Net Change Week 2010 – June 10 – 2010
“This panel, headed by CBC’s technology commentator Jesse Hirsh, will discuss cyberspace security, with specific implications for Canadian foreign policy. When is it in the public interest to allow the free flow of information; and when is it in the national interest to control it?”

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Cyberwar
Al Jazeera – April 23 – 2010
“Cyberwar. A conflict without footsoldiers, guns, or missiles. Instead the attacks are launched by computer hackers. Digital spy rings. Information thieves. Cyberarmies of kids, criminals, terrorists – some backed by nation states..”

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Chinese Whispers
ABC – April 19 – 2010
Nart Villeneuve and Ron Deibert are interviewed in this video regarding “the tensions now involved in doing business with China.”


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Researchers Trace Data Theft to Intruders in China
The New York Times – April 6 – 2010
“Computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation…observing while the intruders pilfered classified and restricted documents from the highest levels of the Indian Defense Ministry. ”

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Canadian researchers reveal online spy ring based in China
The Globe and Mail – April 6 – 2010
“Espionage network is breaching servers of dozens of countries and groups and focusing on India and the Dalai Lama. Globe and Mail features the Shadows in the Cloud report. ”

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Breaking up dark clouds in cyberspace
The Globe and Mail – April 5 – 2010
“The need for security must be equally balanced with the equally important need for an open, accessible Internet. Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski present the Shadows in the Cloud report.”

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Cyber Wars
Index on Censorship – March 23 – 2010
“Citizens, states and corporations are battling for online space. What happened to the dream of global communication? Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski report.”

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Der Marsch der Geisterratten
De Zeit – February 18 – 2010
“Cyberwar Der Marsch der Geisterratten Der kanadische Meisterhacker Nart Villeneuve jagt Internetspione aus fernen Ländern: Manchmal stößt er auf verwirrte Einzeltäter, manchmal hebt er ganze Cyberarmeen aus.”

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In Google We Trust
Newsweek – January 29 – 2010
“Rohozinski spoke to NEWSWEEK’s Jessica Ramirez about where the Google issue stands now and what it may mean for the future of cyberspace.”

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Google, China, and the coming threat from cyberspace
Christian Science Monitor – January 28 – 2010
“[W]e believe targeted cyber attacks such as these will grow in frequency as cyberspace becomes more heavily contested.”

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The Fifth Freedom
Globe and Mail – January 27 – 2010
“The OpenNet Initiative (co-led by Ron Deibert at the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre) reported last week that over 560 million people…have substantial limits placed on their Internet use.”

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Can Google Beat China
New York Times – January 15 – 2010
“The problem is that circumventing Internet censorship is at least as much a social and political problem now as it is technological.”

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Google, China and a wake-up call to protect the Net
Globe and Mail – January 15 – 2010
“Google’s principled policy may be a wake-up call for those concerned with Internet business and security – but it should be a call to the barricades for the rest of us.”

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Google’s Principled Stand
Globe and Mail – January 14 – 2010
“Google may not win its fight with China, but it struck a principled blow for human rights..”

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Policy@Google – Deibert
Youtube – December 11, 2009
“Beyond Denial: Introducing the Next Generation of Cyberspace Controls..”

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Foreign journalists in China target of computer attack
Globe and Mail – September 28, 2009
“Attempts to infect, compromise computers coincide with reports of tighter security before 60th anniversary of Communist government.”

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Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness
New York Times – May 11, 2009
“They uploaded the data into a visualization program that had been provided to the group by Palantir Technologies, a software company that has developed a program that allows investigators to “fuse” large data sets to look for correlations and connections that may otherwise go unnoticed.”

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China denies cyber hacking
cnn.com – March 30, 2009
“CNN’s John Vause reports on the extensive cyber hacking network which began with an attack on the Dalia Lama’s office.”

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Meet the Canadians who busted GhostNet
Globe and Mail – March 30, 2009
“Researchers uncover explosive cyber-spy network infecting more than 1,200 computers worldwide.”

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Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries
New York Times – March 28, 2009
“A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.”

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Canadian research uncovers cyber espionage network
CBC – March 2009
“CBC’s Jacquie Perrin interviews Rafal Rohozinski with the SecDev Group on newly uncovered internet spy network.”

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