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Articles in popular publications (e.g., newspaper, magazine or opinion websites) written by Citizen Lab staff.

The Canadian SIGINT Summaries

The Canadian SIGINT Summaries includes downloadable copies, along with summary, publication, and original source information, of leaked CSE documents.

Privacy and security in cyberspace: Right of all or luxury of the few?

In an article published on, Citizen Lab Senior Legal Advisor Sarah McKune writes about the digital threats that civil society organizations (CSOs) face in carrying out their work, which undermine their privacy and compromise sensitive information. “To address this problem we must expand the terms and scope of the debate, exploring the link between the right to privacy and access to digital security more fully,” said McKune.

Op-ed by Ron Deibert: The Cyber Security Syndrome

In an op-ed on, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert argues that law enforcement and intelligence agencies such as the US’s NSA, UK’s GCHQ and Canada’s CSE must be highly accountable, transparent to democratically elected representatives, and unleashed to act only in tightly circumscribed way, in order to protect the liberal democratic society in which we live.

Targeted Threat Research at USENIX Security 2014

At USENIX Security 2014 Citizen Lab researchers presented two papers on targeted threats against civil society communities as part of a dedicated session on the topic entitled Tracking Targeted Attacks against Civilians and NGOs.

Canadian Cyberbullying Legislation Threatens to Further Legitimize Malware Sales

By getting into the malware business the federal and potentially provincial governments of Canada would be confronted with an ongoing reality: is the role of government to maximally protect its citizens, including from criminals leveraging vulnerabilities to spy on Canadians, or is it to partially protect citizens so long as such protections do not weaken the state’s ability to secure itself from persons suspected of violating any Act of Parliament?

Pemblokiran Vimeo di Indonesia

Kemarahan publik yang terjadi setelah pemblokiran Vimeo telah menunjukkan bahwa netizen Indonesia semakin lebih sadar akan nilai Internet sebagai alat untuk mempromosikan pertumbuhan dan perkembangan, tetapi juga akan hak-hak mereka untuk mengakses, menerima dan menyampaikan informasi dan ide-ide mereka.