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Blogging Dangerously

Beyond Bars: 50 Years of PEN’s writers in Prison Committee is the latest issue of the Index on Censorship. In the issue, Ron Deibert writes on the subject of online blogging and the increased threats that bloggers face.

The Post-Cablegate Era

In this feature of the New York Times Room for Debate, Ron Deibert gives his take on the recent Wikileaks controversy. Deibert views Wikileaks as only one of the many changing tides of individual and state privacy in cyberspace, and points to the legal and ethical standards that need to accompany this present shift.

Tracking Koobface: The untouchable hackers of St. Petersburg

Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski, principal investigators of the Information Warfare Monitor, have co-authored an op-ed in the Globe and Mail. The researchers explore Koobface: a crimeware network that thrives on popular social-networking Web sites such as Facebook. Deibert and Rohozinski discuss the global policy complications of cybercrime.

Ron Deibert on Citizen Lab

In this video posted by the Globe and Mail, Professor Ron Deibert discusses the work of the Citizen Lab: an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights.

Cyberspace confidential

In his essay in the Globe and Mail Professor Deibert provides illuminating insight questions related to the use and abuse of cyberspace, as well as Canada’s role in the constantly evolving space of global communications.

Panel: Canada, check your privacy settings

On Thursday, June 10 at 2:30 pm, Net Change is hosting a panel called “Canada, check your privacy settings” as part of “A Week Exploring Tech for Change”. The panel features both Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert and Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian. Further, the conversation will be moderated by Jesse Hirsch, technology commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).


In this video, Al Jazeera’s Josh Rushing interviews the Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert on a special episode of “Fault Lines” dedicated to exploring issues of cyberwar, cyberespionage and national security. The episode features the Citizen Lab’s GhostNet Report, problems of cyber attack attribution, and the militarization of cyberspace. The program also includes interviews from Michael Chertoff, Former Officer of Homeland Security and other cybersecurity experts.