Citizen Lab's latest news and announcements.

Rescuing the Global Cyber Commons: An urgent agenda for the G8 meeting in Deauville, France

In this article Professor Ron Deibert discusses the active contestation of cyberspace and the need to protect the cyber commons. He calls on liberal democratic governments to form “a common domestic and foreign policy strategy that creates structural conditions to protect and preserve cyberspace as a secure, decentralized, and open commons”.

This article originally appeared in The 2011 G8 Deauville Summit: New World, New Ideas published by the G20 Research Group.

Rafal Rohozinski and Rex Hughes on Cybercrime at the 41st St. Gallen Symposium

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading platform for dialogue on key issues in management, the entrepreneurial environment and the interfaces between business, politics and civil society.

This video presents Rafal Rohozinski and Rex Hughes’ panel on cybercrime, as well as a video of an interview with Dr. Hughes entitled “Cybersecurity: A Business with Fear” at the 41st St. Gallen Symposium.

Google Policy Fellow Jonathon Penney Joins Citizen Lab

Today the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs announced Jonathon Penney as its 2011 Google Policy Fellow. Jon is currently a pursuing a doctorate in information and communication sciences at Oxford University.

Before Oxford, Jonathon spent time studying and researching at Columbia Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and at Victoria University , where he was a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the law faculty. A graduate of Dalhousie University and native Nova Scotian, he has served as Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and worked as a lawyer and as a policy adviser at the federal level.

Welcome Jon!

Full details can be found here.

13th CCWPF Press Freedom Award Acceptance Speech by Rafal Rohozinski

World Press Freedom Day, Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
13th CCWPF Press Freedom Award

Acceptance speech on behalf of the Citizen Lab
Rafal Rohozinski, senior scholar
National Arts Center, Ottawa, Canada.
3 May 2011

Excellency, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

It is truly an honour and a humbling moment to accept this award on behalf of the Citizen Lab.

Just under 10 years ago, Ronald Deibert founded the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Following in the footsteps of other great Canadian media theorists — Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan — Ron recognized that the impact of technology lay in the social domain. With the help and support of Janice Stein, he created a unique space — a hothouse of sorts — where engineers, mathematicians, social scientists, and economists could treat cyberspace as a giant petri dish and examine its various transformative social and technical trajectories.

Call for Applications: Senior Researcher

The Citizen Lab seeks qualified applicants for a Senior Researcher position. Under the supervision of the Director of the Citizen Lab the Senior Researcher will coordinate research projects and undertake scholarly work on the political and social dimensions of information controls. This research area will include but not be limited to the following topics: Internet censorship, mobile technologies, and election monitoring.

Full details can be found here.

Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2011-2012

Applications for a 2011-2012 Canada Centre for Global Security Studies-Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellowship are now being accepted. The fellowship will be awarded to a scholar with a project in the general thematic areas of Internet governance, cyber security, or information controls.

The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies attracts top researchers in global affairs engaged in innovative, interdisciplinary work. Fellows receive a competitive annual stipend, work space and staff support, and the opportunity to re-apply for a second year of funding. They will become members of a vibrant community of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students with wide-ranging interests in information communication technologies, human rights, and global affairs.

Further details on the fellowship and application process can be found here

Call for Applications: Google Policy Fellowship at the Citizen Lab for Summer 2011 [CLOSED]

The Citizen Lab is proud to participate in the Google Policy Fellowship for the third time next summer. In June 2011, a Citizen Lab research fellowship will be be offered to a student who is passionate about technology and Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, January 17, 2011.

More information available here

Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network

The Information Warfare Monitor (Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and The SecDev Group, Ottawa) announce the release of Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network by Nart Villeneuve, with a foreword by Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski.

This report documents the inner workings of Koobface—a botnet that spreads by compromising the computers of users of social networking platforms and placing them under the control of the botnet’s operators for the purpose of monetization.