Ron Deibert can see a perfect storm developing on the horizon of cyberspace.

Around the world, the lines between cybercrime, cyber espionage and cyber warfare are beginning to blur as authoritarian regimes increasingly turn to the Internet to crack down on activist movements and states look to turn the Internet into the next great international battleground.

During a conversation at the Mesh technology conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Ron Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab research centre at the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, said a massive and growing “cyber security industrial complex” is emerging online.

“States are adopting repression 2.0 just as quickly as activists are moving in the other direction,” Mr. Deibert said.

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