Summer Institute 2015

View the Agenda (Updated June 19)


The Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights is a series of intensive research workshops hosted annually at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The 2015 Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI) will be held at the University of Toronto from June 24 to 26, 2015.

The workshop will bring together participants from across a range of academic disciplines and practitioner communities. Building on our 2013 and 2014 Summer Institutes, we will be convening to learn how censorship, circumvention, and surveillance may have changed over the past year, what new developments are possible to research information controls, and whether there are trends to the development of information control and freedom tools and policies.


This is a participant-driven event focused on collaboration. We will be working on each others’ projects rather than giving formal presentations.

  • The first day (June 24) of the Citizen Lab Summer Institute will be for networking and discussing what has happened since our last workshop, and previewing projects that participants will work on over the next two days.
  • June 25 and 26 consist of intensive participant-led breakout groups. Groups are designed to be small (8-10 people) to maximize productive “hacking” and sharing.


Participants, click below to find out what everyone else plans to hack on at the event. Learn about their projects, what they can help out with, and what they need help with. The list is sorted by first name.

Participant overview

Participants are expected to work to understand how their projects can assist, or interrelate with, others’ projects: they are not coming to just present their existing research. To help facilitate collaboration each participant must come prepared to discuss their current projects; discussions can touch on successes and difficulties that they have experienced in their research to date, lessons and resources from their work that can help others, and questions and lines of assistance they need with their projects.

Project proposals and the participant list will be circulated in advance of the event and participants are strongly encouraged to start discussing what they want to achieve and areas to collaborate with each other before the workshop.


* Agenda is subject to change

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Wednesday, June 24 (Day 1)

Location: Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (see map)

11:45-13:00 - Lunch

13:00-13:30 - Welcome and Introduction by Ron Deibert

13:30-14:10 - Panel 1: Measuring Censorship and Network Interference

Chairs: Masashi Nishihata (Citizen Lab) and Adam Senft (Citizen Lab)
Panelists: Erin Kenneally (UC San Diego/CAIDA/CESR), Phillipa Gill (Stony Brook University), Josh Rudolph (China Digital Times), Joss Wright (University of Oxford)

14:10-14:40 - Nick Weaver (ICSI) - Understanding Middleboxes: The Great Cannon

14:40-15:40 - Panel 2: Analyzing and Defending Targeted Threats

Chairs: Ron Deibert (Citizen Lab) and John Scott-Railton (Citizen Lab)
Panelists: Lobsang Sither (Tibet Action Institute), Collin Anderson (Independent Researcher), Jamie Tomasello (Access), Seth Hardy (Lookout), Bill Marczak (UC Berkeley / Citizen Lab)

15:40-16:00 - BREAK

16:00-17:00 - Panel 3: Public and Corporate Transparency

Chairs: Chris Parsons (Citizen Lab) and Andrew Hilts (Citizen Lab)
Moderator: Chris Prince (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Panelists: Bram Abramson (TekSavvy), Jennifer Zhang (Hong Kong University), Peter Micek (Access), Jiwon Sohn (Korea University)

17:00-17:30 - Orientation to breakout groups for days 2 and 3

17:30-19:00 - Reception

Thursday, June 25 (Day 2)

Location: Library Room, 315 Bloor Street West (see map)

9:30-10:00 - Breakfast

10:00-10:30 - Breakout group orientation

10:30-13:00 - Breakout groups (various rooms)

13:00-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-17:00 - Breakout groups (various rooms)

17:00-19:00 - Persian Dinner Buffet co-hosted by the Citizen Lab and ASL19

Friday, June 26 (Day 3)

Location: Library Room, 315 Bloor Street West (see map)

9:30-10:00 - Breakfast

10:00-10:30 - Breakout group orientation

10:30-13:00 - Breakout groups (various rooms)

13:00-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-16:00 - Breakout groups (various rooms)

16:00-17:00 - Wrap up session

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The 2015 Summer Institute is sponsored by the University of Toronto's Connaught Fund and the Open Technology Fund.

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