On 4 December, the Citizen Lab and Professor Ron Deibert were profiled in a piece for Yonge Street Media, Meet the innovators behind Toronto’s 3D printing and cyber security sectors.

“Toronto is home to a number of visionary innovators taking a multi-faceted approach to solving some of the world’s challenges in creative ways. The following is the second in a two part series that looks at what the city is doing to make its mark as a flourishing hub of innovation. In this part we delve into the world of cyber security and 3D printing.

If you ask Ron Deibert about the city’s role when it comes to innovation in the cyber security sector he’s apt to question your understanding of the term.

“When we say cyber security, most people would imagine a bunch of geeks who try to build firewalls and defend companies from breaches,” says Deibert, director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. “That’s not the way that we see it. We see cyber security as something that should be oriented around protecting and preserving a free and open Internet.”