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Toronto’s Citizen Lab uses forensics to fight online censors

A basement in the gray, Gothic heart of the University of Toronto is home to the CSI of cyberspace. “We are doing free expression forensics,” says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies. Deibert and his team of academics and students investigate in real time governments and… Read more »

Governments fighting to stop the Arab Spring may be using Canadian software to censor the web

Authoritarian governments in the Middle East have been using software developed in Canada to block access to websites they find politically objectionable, says the head of an organization that studies human rights in the internet era.

Netsweeper Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in internet content filtering, is helping Middle Eastern governments limit access to information, according to Ron Diebert, director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

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Unmasking ‘GhostNet’

Just days before, a crack team of computer sleuths in Canada unveiled a global computer spying network, apparently run out of China, called “GhostNet.” It’s a spying operation that has reached into more than a thousand key computers around the world, rifling through high-security files, even turning on computers’ cameras and microphones to watch and… Read more »


Reports and Research Briefs Director Ron Deibert’s blog posts provide summaries and analysis of Citizen Lab research reports and can be found here. Bill Marczak, Jakub Dalek, Sarah McKune, Adam Senft, John Scott-Railton, and Ron Deibert. “Bad Traffic: Sandvine’s PacketLogic Devices Used to Deploy Government Spyware in Turkey and Redirect Egyptian Users to Affiliate Ads?,”… Read more »

Newsforge article about OpenNet Initiative Advisory

A study by the OpenNet Initiative published earlier this month highlighted the growing level and sophistication of Internet censorship — much of which is assisted by top tech companies and products, including open source — as well as flaws in efforts to circumvent it. From Newsforge

Does the End Justify the Means?

If your site contains material critical of certain governments or you run a porn site, someone, somewhere is blocking access to your content. Now you can find out who’s doing it, but the method — port-scanning technology — may itself be unethical. From Wired

Hacktivism on campus

Want to learn about hacktivism from a “heroin addict teaching Fuck the State”? East Van Rules! From The Independent