The Citizen Lab engages in research and development at the intersection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), human rights and global security.  Our aim is to monitor, analyze, and impact the exercise of power in cyberspace.

The Citizen Lab accomplishes these goals through collaborative partnerships with leading edge research centers and organizations around the world, and through a mixed methods approach that combines technical reconnaissance, field investigations, and data mining, analysis, and visualization.

Financial support for the Citizen Lab’s research and development has come from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, SecDev Group, Psiphon Inc., John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationDonner Canadian Foundation, and Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.

The Citizen Lab has benefited by generous donations of software and support from Palantir Technologies and Oculus Info Inc.

Current Projects

oniThe OpenNet Initiative is a partnership with The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and The SecDev Group. The aim of the ONI is to document patterns of Internet censorship and surveillance world wide.


oniasiaThe objective of OpenNet.Asia is to engage academic, policy, and civil society stakeholders in the Asian region concerned by surveillance and censorship to build institutional capacity and networked resources to conduct research and public policy advocacy around those issues.


Past Projects

iwmThe Information Warfare Monitor was a joint project of the Citizen Lab and The SecDev Group, (Ottawa Ontario). The aim of the Information Warfare Monitor was to monitor and analyze the exercise of power in cyberspace. The IWM project was completed in 2012 and is no longer active.


psilabPsi-Lab was a joint activity of the Citizen Lab and Psiphon Inc, oriented around advanced research of circumvention technologies, threat analysis, and the consideration of political and legal issues surrounding their use in denied environments.