Citizen Lab founder and director, Dr. Ronald Deibert, recently provided a statement in the context of Chelsea Manning’s inadmissibility proceeding before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
The statement proceeds in four parts. In the first section, Deibert provides background context regarding his professional experience and the Citizen Lab’s work. In the second section, he describes the Citizen Lab’s research activities in detail and the academic and public interest impacts of those activities. In the third section, he summarizes certain events that have threatened or aimed to chill the Citizen Lab’s research activities in the past. In the fourth section, he explains the chilling effects that a broad interpretation of section 342.1 of the Criminal Code and/or of subsection 16(2) of the Security of Information Act (“SOIA”) could have on the Citizen Lab’s scholarship and on related initiatives.