Citizen Lab's latest news and announcements.

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 »

Civisphere Weblog Community

The Civisphere Weblog Community, otherwise known as Civiblog, provides a forum for Canadians working within global civil society to share their experiences, resources and keep connected with family and friends. Here you will find dozens of daily updated diaries of Canadians working for human rights, development, and humanitarian organizations from all corners of the globe…. Read more »

OpenNet Initiative Advisory 001

Unintended Risks and Consequences of Circumvention Technologies: The IBB’s Anonymizer Service in Iran In September 2003, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) sponsored the launch of a service through Anonymizer, Inc., designed to allow Iranian Internet users to bypass much of Iran’s national filtering regime. However, filters built in to the IBB Anonymizer service, intended… Read more »

OpenNet Initiative Release for Wide Circulation

University Researchers Join to Expose and Map Net Censorship, Surveillance Cambridge, U.K.; Cambridge, Mass.; Toronto, Ontario (4/23/04). An international team of academics from the University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School, and the University of Toronto has begun formally monitoring worldwide Internet censorship and surveillance. “The Open Net Initiative represents a new approach to university-based research,”… Read more »

Hacktivista on TVO!

Hacktivista on TVO! Hacktivista is the story of three University of Toronto students who travel with their professor to Guatemala and Chiapas to work with human rights organizations and activists on Internet security and connectivity. The students call themselves “hacktivists” — a new breed of social activists who use technology to fight for privacy and… Read more »