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Rafal Rohozinski and Rex Hughes on Cybercrime at the 41st St. Gallen Symposium

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading platform for dialogue on key issues in management, the entrepreneurial environment and the interfaces between business, politics and civil society.

This video presents Rafal Rohozinski and Rex Hughes’ panel on cybercrime, as well as a video of an interview with Dr. Hughes entitled “Cybersecurity: A Business with Fear” at the 41st St. Gallen Symposium.

Google Policy Fellow Jonathon Penney Joins Citizen Lab

Today the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs announced Jonathon Penney as its 2011 Google Policy Fellow. Jon is currently a pursuing a doctorate in information and communication sciences at Oxford University.

Before Oxford, Jonathon spent time studying and researching at Columbia Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and at Victoria University , where he was a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the law faculty. A graduate of Dalhousie University and native Nova Scotian, he has served as Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and worked as a lawyer and as a policy adviser at the federal level.

Welcome Jon!

Full details can be found here.

13th CCWPF Press Freedom Award Acceptance Speech by Rafal Rohozinski

World Press Freedom Day, Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
13th CCWPF Press Freedom Award

Acceptance speech on behalf of the Citizen Lab
Rafal Rohozinski, senior scholar
National Arts Center, Ottawa, Canada.
3 May 2011

Excellency, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

It is truly an honour and a humbling moment to accept this award on behalf of the Citizen Lab.

Just under 10 years ago, Ronald Deibert founded the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Following in the footsteps of other great Canadian media theorists — Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan — Ron recognized that the impact of technology lay in the social domain. With the help and support of Janice Stein, he created a unique space — a hothouse of sorts — where engineers, mathematicians, social scientists, and economists could treat cyberspace as a giant petri dish and examine its various transformative social and technical trajectories.

Call for Applications: Senior Researcher

The Citizen Lab seeks qualified applicants for a Senior Researcher position. Under the supervision of the Director of the Citizen Lab the Senior Researcher will coordinate research projects and undertake scholarly work on the political and social dimensions of information controls. This research area will include but not be limited to the following topics: Internet censorship, mobile technologies, and election monitoring.

Full details can be found here.

Call for Applications: Google Policy Fellowship at the Citizen Lab for Summer 2011 [CLOSED]

The Citizen Lab is proud to participate in the Google Policy Fellowship for the third time next summer. In June 2011, a Citizen Lab research fellowship will be be offered to a student who is passionate about technology and Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, January 17, 2011.

More information available here

Security issues may stall BlackBerry overseas

“Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smart phone, faces increasing challenges to its overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

‘It’s a reflection of fears of cyber-security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,’ said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. ‘It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.'”

From San Francisco Chronicle

BlackBerry dispute widens control debate

“The type of steps taken by the UAE are going to become more common in the future as governments struggle to gain control of cyberspace for national security reasons,” said Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

“Just like Google has had to grapple with the pressures of China and other countries who censor search engines, RIM will find itself the centre of pressures from governments eager to tap encrypted mobile data streams.”

From The Globe and Mail

POL108 Internship 2010: Only Registered 2009-2010 students eligible

ATTENTION ALL POL108 2009-2010 STUDENTS!
POL108 Internship 2010: Call for Applicants

Did you excel in POL108 this year? Are you looking to apply your knowledge this summer?

We are pleased to announce the POL108 Internship 2010. The POL108 internship is awarded on an annual basis to an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto who successfully completes Pol108Y: Global Networks.

Application details here from POL108 website.

Google threat to leave points up China-linked cyber attacks

Google’s announcement Tuesday that it might pull out of the Chinese market has cast a sharp focus on long-standing accusations about the shadowy world of Chinese hackers. Since at least 2002, human rights activists have accused the Chinese government and military of infiltrating their computers as well as those maintained by private companies and nongovernmental… Read more »