Citizen Lab director, Professor Ron Deibert, is this year’s 2020 CBC Massey Lecturer. “It was a great honour to be invited and be among the great authors and thinkers who have inspired me over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Ursula Franklin, Jane Jacobs, Charles Taylor, and so many others,” said Deibert.
The lectures were virtual this year, broadcast on CBC Ideas with host Nahlah Ayed, airing the week of November 9-13, with the final episode broadcast November 16. All six lectures can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/reset-reclaiming-the-internet-for-civil-society-1.5795345
Accompanying the lectures is a book authored by Deibert, entitled RESET: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. RESET is published in the United States and Canada with House of Anansi Press, and in the United Kingdom by September Publishing.
“I had two principal aims in writing RESET,” said Deibert. “The first was to summarize what I see as an emerging consensus about the many pathologies of social media and the organization of our entire communications ecosystem; the second was to lay out a principled framework for what to do about them.”
Deibert has also published an unabridged bibliography for the book, which can be found here: https://reset-bibliography.ca/
Reviews of RESET
“No one has done more than Ron Deibert and his lab to expose the enemies of the internet — shadowy companies whose sole business is to make it unsafe for all of us. No one is better placed to explain the intersection of law and technology that makes these abuses possible — and how we can put an end to them. RESET is the definitive narrative of where we went wrong and a last chance to make things right.” — Edward Snowden
“Tech is at a crossroads between oppression and liberation, and Ronald J. Deibert is our leading expert on the forces steering it in either direction. RESET is a road map revealing the secret alleys and byways that brought us to this juncture, and the ways ahead that we could navigate to a better future.” — Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Radicalized and Walkaway
“One thing is for sure: your phone knows a lot more about you than you know about it. Ronald J. Deibert expertly cracks open our gadgets and electronics to reveal the who, what, and why behind our communications infrastructure. From digital espionage to big-data policing, RESET is a timely and critical look at how cutting-edge surveillance technologies are being weaponized against civil society. With the rise of authoritarianism around the world, Deibert’s book is a must-read for all who want to ensure that dark power stays in check.” — Ziya Tong, science broadcaster and author of The Reality Bubble
“Ronald J. Deibert is a rare hybrid who combines an advanced understanding of computer technology with a rich background in political science. He is also already a legend in security and tech circles because of his work as the founder and director of Citizen Lab . . . In RESET, Deibert outlines with tremendous economy and verve the major threats that face us as a consequence of our rapidly growing dependency on internet technologies, AI, robotics, and, further down the line, machine-to-machine learning and quantum computing. The clarity of his writing enables Deibert to categorize each aspect of the threat on a profound level that will nonetheless be accessible to any reader . . . Covid-19 has made it clear that our globalized world faces fundamental challenges to the survival of our species, along with most others. If we listen to Ron Deibert, we are still in position to head off another of those threats.” — Misha Glenny, bestselling author of McMafia and DarkMarket
“A reset is needed in the relation between privately run technologies and the public interest. Ron Deibert sketches what meaningful change looks like. Ron has been at the heart of analyzing the harms of technology to human rights, and increasingly to the human condition, for decades. His deep research and clear moral compass make his plea for a ‘reset’ an urgent one. To technology experts this book shines a clear light forward beyond current headline-grabbing incidents. To readers new to the depth of effects of the online information ecosystem, it is essential reading to gain clarity on where our values are at stake, and how we may preserve them.” — Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director of the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University, and President of the CyberPeace Institute
“RESET is a shocking call to action and a persuasively argued book. It is the sort of text one hopes will be read widely … After all, a reset of the basic infrastructure of life will only come through a profound political reckoning — and like the foment of 1968, it may just be a reconceptualization of what we want and why we want it that finally drives change.” — Quill & Quire