Ron Deibert at the National Science Foundation

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert will give an overview of the Citizen Lab’s “mixed methods” approach to research on Information Controls at an event hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia. The event will be held from Noon to 1:00 pm ET on January 21, 2016, outlining several key Citizen Lab reports and their impact on public policy, advocacy, and human rights initiatives.

Deibert will explain the use of techniques from network measurement, information security, law, and the social sciences to document internet censorship, surveillance, targeted digital attacks, and commercial spyware.

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“The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, that investigates the intersection of human rights, global security, and the digital world. For over a decade, we have used a mixed methods approach that combines techniques from network measurement, information security, law, and the social sciences to research and document information controls (e.g., Internet censorship, surveillance, targeted digital attacks; commercial spyware) that impact the openness and security of digital communications and pose threats to human rights. Director and Founder Professor Ron Deibert will provide an overview of the Citizen Lab’s approach, highlight several reports and their outcomes, and discuss some of the ways rigorous, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed research can inform public policy, advocacy and human rights based on the experiences of the Citizen Lab.”

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