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Longtime Battle Lines Are Recast In Russia and Georgia’s Cyberwar

“In terms of the scope and international dimension of this attack, it’s a landmark,” said Ronald J. Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab…. “International laws are very poorly developed, so it really crosses a line into murky territory . . . Is an information blockade an act of war?” From Washington Post

IWMP and ONI actively monitoring Russia-Georgia Cyberwar

Censorship of Russian media sites in Georgia continues to expand despite the winding down of hostilities. ONI and Information Warfare Monitor sources in Georgia now confirm that filtering of Russian media sites resident on the .ru domain has spread to a second Georgian ISP. Subscribers of Caucuses on-line the largest Georgia ISP have been without… Read more »

IWMP monitoring Russian-Georgian Cyberwar

The Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks and defacements in the Russia – Georgia conflict raise concerns about free media and civil society, as states witness an increase in the use of electronic warfare strategies in concert with more conventional kinetic attacks. Here at IWMP – in association with our research partners on the ground in the region,… Read more »

Deibert Testimony to US Congress

Professor Deibert is testifying to US Congress today, at the US China Economic and Security Review Commission. His testimony covers the research of the OpenNet Initiative on Internet censorship practices in China, the range and effectiveness of circumvention methods, including the Citizen Lab’s own tool — psiphon, and the role of US and Western corporations… Read more »

CBC National Report on the Citizen Lab

On March 21, 2008, the CBC National ran a feature piece on the research and development activities of the Citizen Lab, including the ONI and psiphon. There are interviews with Prof Deibert and with Nart Villeneuve. You can watch the piece here and the youtube version is here.

BBC World Today and CBC World at Six

There were two radio reports about various aspects of the Citizen Lab’s research and development activities yesterday. Clark Boyd did a report about the OpenNet Initiative’s new book, Access Denied on BBC’s The World Today. Additionally, Eli Glasner did a report on the use of our new psiphon service with respect to ongoing events in… Read more »

Internet Censorship: As Bad As You Thought It Was

“In the dot-com heyday of the ’90s and early 2000s…there was a myth that the Internet can’t be controlled,” says Ronald Deibert, a researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. “There was some mysterious, magical property associated with it that will route around censorship.” The most exhaustive study yet of Internet censorship—Access Denied: The… Read more »

Bloggers are Africa’s new rebels

Going into 2008, Africa offers its usual dizzying mix of success stories and wrenching tragedy. But perhaps the most remarkable — and least appreciated — novelty in Africa’s turbulent political scene is the blossoming of information technology. From ChicagoTribune

Free The Web — NOW Magazine

Freeing the Web WHO Ron Deibert WHAT Citizen Lab, Internet infantry fighting Web censorship in totalitarian nations WHY “To document Internet censorship.” INSPIRATION Human rights. And Psiphon – a guide we’ve developed to bypassing Web censorship. “It’s easy to use, secure and hard for governments to block. Since last year, it’s been downloaded more than… Read more »

Prof Deibert interview on CBC The Current

Prof Deibert was a guest on CBC’s The Current on Friday. The show begins with a focus on the Yahoo case involving Wang Xiaoning and Shi Taoi who are currently serving 10 year sentences for subversion based on records Yahoo turned over to Chinese authorities. You can listen to the interview HERE