TikTok vs Douyin
A Security and Privacy Analysis

A comparative analysis of security, privacy, and censorship issues in TikTok and Douyin, both developed by ByteDance.

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Ron Deibert Receives ISA Award

Citizen Lab founder and director, Ron Deibert, has been honoured as a Distinguished Scholar by the International Studies Association (ISA). Delivered every two years, the award honours “exceptional scholarship accomplishments and contributions to the development of the study of International Relations in Canada.”

Response to NSO Group on the Great iPwn Report

Since 2016, the Citizen Lab has published numerous reports regarding the use of Pegasus spyware against human rights defenders, journalists, politicians, and other members of civil society. Despite these findings, NSO Group has failed to substantively engage or respond to the research presented by the Citizen Lab and other organizations. 

Huawei and 5G Explained

On December 7, 2020, the Citizen Lab published a report that investigates Huawei, 5G technologies, and Canadian telecommunications issues. Drawing exclusively on open-source reporting, it finds that Canada does not have a Huawei problem, per se; it has a 5G strategy problem that is linked to the Government of Canada lacking a principle-driven set of integrated industrial, cyber security, and foreign policy strategies. This document provides a summary of the research findings and questions and answers from the research team.

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Al Jazeera: The Business of Surveillance

Citizen Lab director Ronald Deibert joins Al Jazeera to discuss the growing harms of the global surveillance industry.

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