Citizen Lab's latest news and announcements.

The Hacker Prof investigates web misdeeds

Follow Mike Strobel as he tracks Ron Deibert, the Hacker Prof, to his ‘spy nest’. Who are Hackers? Why the bad rap? How could anyone possibly censor the internet? Think that email you just sent was private? Think again… From The Toronto Sun

China Google Search Compare

In an effort to tailor its services to the requirements of China’s Internet filtering regime, Google announced last week that it had created a special version of its search engine for the China market, Our OpenNet Initiative team put together a neat little search comparison tool that you can access here that allows you… Read more »

Citizen Lab is hiring!

As a key member of the Citizen Lab Development team, the Software Engineer will be programming and testing the software for a new Citizen Lab project, called the CiviSec Project. DEADLINE Applications must be submitted by January 30, 2006.

BBC and ABC (AP) News Reports on ONI Tunisia Study

The OpenNet Initiative’s report on Tunisia’s Internet filtering regime is picking up some news coverage. The Associated Press has a piece in wide circulation, and here is a great BBC story featuring ONI researchers Derek Bambauer and Citizen Lab Director of Technical Research, Nart Villeneuve. Nart is in Tunisia; you can read his blog here

OpenNet Initiative Report on Internet Filtering in Tunisia Released today!

The OpenNet Initiative has released our report on Internet Filtering in Tunisia. The press release can be found here. Here is the blurb: Drawing on open sources and a detailed year-long technical investigation, ONI research describes Tunisia’s aggressive targeting and blocking of on-line content, including political opposition Web sites, human rights groups, and sites that… Read more »


Countries do it. Companies do it. And if they don’t do it directly, they provide the equipment and software to do it. What’s being done is censorship – censorship of the Internet. The OpenNet Initiative, operated from the University of Toronto, Harvard and Cambridge universities, actively seeks out those who would restrict access, exposes their… Read more »

ONI 007: Geolocation filtering

The BBC, using data collected by Netcraft, reports that since Monday October 25th 2004, the official website of the Bush-Cheney campaign website ( has been restricted to Internet users located in the United States. The ONI connected to remote computers located in fifty countries* around the world in order to test the accessibilty of…. Read more »

ICE Project Releases Beta Apps

The Citizen Lab’s ICE project has released two beta software projects, licensed under the GPL, which are now available for download and testing. pHproxy is an experimenal web-based circumventor that allows users to browse through the webserver itself as a proxy in order to bypass Internet censorship. It contains some proof-of-concept countermeasures for various weaknesses… Read more »

The Citizen Lab Volunteer Program

The Citizen Lab has begun a volunteer program. For more information please see the link to the left or go here for more information.

Iran: Verification of Reported Banned Websites

As part of its ongoing research into Internet censorship and surveillance worldwide, including in Iran, the ONI connected to remote computers in Iran and tested the RSF list and the blacklist obtained by We found that Iran is indeed engaged in extensive Internet content filtering beyond just pornography, including many political, religious, social, and… Read more »