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Director Ron Deibert named to the Privacy International Advisory Board

Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies has been appointed on the Privacy International Advisory Board. Privacy International campaigns on matters of privacy on an international level and is the oldest surviving privacy advocacy group in the world. Professor Deibert joins a team of 90 members from over 40 countries. Members include government officials, academics, civil society, and corporate and legal consultants. Congratulations to all new Board members!

From Privacy International

Toronto’s Citizen Lab uses forensics to fight online censors

A basement in the gray, Gothic heart of the University of Toronto is home to the CSI of cyberspace. “We are doing free expression forensics,” says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies. Deibert and his team of academics and students investigate in real time governments and… Read more »


Reports and Research Briefs Director Ron Deibert’s blog posts provide summaries and analysis of Citizen Lab research reports and can be found here. Bill Marczak, John Scott-Railton, Adam Senft , Bahr Abdul Razzak, and Ron Deibert. “The Kingdom Came to Canada: How Saudi-Linked Digital Espionage Reached Canadian Soil,” Citizen Lab Research Brief No. 115, October… 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

Congress To Google: Don't Sell Out To Censors

The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs voted Tuesday to pass the Global Online Freedom Act, a bill designed to penalize U.S. companies up to $2 million if they cooperate with the technological surveillance of political dissidents or share technology and information used for “Internet-restricting” purposes. From

Earth Day for the Internet

On Saturday, September 22, a crowd of 150 or so people gathered in rain-soaked Washington Square Park to celebrate the Internet and raise awareness of the threats to its future. From GothamGazette

Freed dissident hails net campaign

A tortured blogger in Syria says he owes his release to a pressure group which marks its first birthday this week. Shihabi said the support of the campaign had been a source of strength throughout his ordeal, which ended with a presidential amnesty in January. From TheObserver