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Getting it Right: UN Special Rapporteur Incorporates Citizen Lab Recommendations on Technology-Facilitated Violence, Abuse, and Harassment

The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, recently released her draft report to the Human Rights Council on online violence against women and girls from a human rights perspective. The Special Rapporteur’s report includes many key insights from the Citizen Lab’s formal response on this issue last fall and echoes many of our sixteen key recommendations.

Jennie Phillips in International Development Planning Review

Doctoral candidate Jennie Phillips recently published an article in International Development Planning Review. Based on work she conducted while at the Citizen Lab, “Risk in a digital age: understanding risk in virtual networks through digital response networks (DRNs)” explores risk understanding by investigating the inherent risk and resilience of DRNs.

Open Letter to Francisco Partners: Request for follow up on apparent misuse of Sandvine technology and sale of NSO Group to Verint Systems

The Citizen Lab has sent an open letter to Francisco Partners requesting an update on our March report concerning Sandvine, as well as the reported interest in a sale of NSO Group to Verint Systems, and Francisco Partners’ investment practices more generally. Verint has reportedly offered Francisco Partners approximately USD $1 billion in Verint stock and assumed debt… Read more »

Citizen Lab at RightsCon

If you’re attending RightsCon, you’ll be in good company. Held this year in Toronto from May 16-18, the conference brings together an international audience to discuss all topics related to human rights in the digital age. Citizen Lab researchers, fellows, and associates will be participating in panels and events throughout the week. Here’s a run-down… Read more »

Featured Video

How government-exclusive spyware is used to surveil civil society in Mexico

In Mexico, government-exclusive spyware technology is being used to target journalists, human rights defenders, anti-corruption advocates, and international investigators. Luis Fernando Garcia, Director of R3D, explains how technology meant to track terrorists is being turned against activists

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