Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights

UPDATE: The 2019 Citizen Lab Summer Institute will take place on July 31-August 2 at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

The annual Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI) workshop is a meeting place for researchers and practitioners from academia, civil society, and the private sector who are working on Internet openness, security, and rights. It brings together perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds across technical and social science disciplines. Participants range from established experts to those just entering the area (e.g., graduate students).

We started CLSI to demonstrate that a greater understanding of technology and policy can only be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration. Our aim is to help build and support a community that shares this belief.

Collaborations formed at prior Summer Institute workshops have led to high impact projects including analyzing national security and signals intelligence policy in Canada (2017), investigating censorship of the death of Liu Xiaobo on WeChat and Weibo (2017), conducting security audits of child monitoring apps in South Korea (2017, 2016, 2015), documenting Internet filtering in Zambia (2016), and exposing the “Great Cannon” (2014), an attack tool in China used for large scale distributed-denial of service attacks against Github and


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