The Citizen Lab engages in research and development at the intersection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Global Civic Networks. Support for research and development comes from the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.
The mission of the OpenNet Initiative is to investigate and challenge state-directed Internet filtering and surveillance practices. Our approach applies methodological rigor to the study of filtration and surveillance blending empirical case studies with sophisticated means for technical verification. Our aim is to generate a credible picture of these practices at a national, regional and corporate level, and to excavate their impact on state sovereignty, security, human rights, international law, and global governance.
The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership between three leading academic institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and the Advanced Network Research Group at the Programme for Security in International Society (Centre for International Studies) at the University of Cambridge.
The Information Warfare Monitor is an advanced research project examining how states and non-state actors seek to exploit information and information systems to pursue political objectives through non-political means.
The Information Warfare Monitor is a joint project of the Advanced Network Research Group, part of the Cambridge Programme for Security in International Society, University of Cambridge, InfoTechWarPeace at Brown University and the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.
The goal of The CiviSec Project is to address issues of Internet censorship, surveillance and infowar on three levels. First, it will address them by raising awareness through advocacy as to the prevalence and consequences of filtering practices and insecure communications around the world. Second, The Civisec Project will develop specific software and networking tools to allow non-expert users to detect filtering and/or insecure communications and to circumvent or mitigate these practices in the safest possible manner. Third, the project will develop online resources accessible to non-technical experts covering both methods and means for securing communications, as well as providing relevant background material. By bringing together software developers, researchers and civil society actors along each of these three levels, The Civisec Project will create both software and instructional guides that empower organizations to determine their own specific needs and take informed action when implementing privacy and security solutions.
Psiphon is a web proxy designed to help internet users affected by internet censorship bypass content-filtering systems setup by governments. Developed by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, Psiphon is software which uses trusted social contacts to securely circumvent censorship. By connecting a censored computer to an uncensored computer through encrypted internet signals, Psiphon allows for safe, secure, and uncensored internet access.
Internet Censorship Explorer (ICE)
The Internet Censorship Explorer (ICE) is a blog maintained by the Citizen Lab's technical research director, Nart Villeneuve. ICE is an incubator where Nart explores the politics of technology (hacktivism, infowar/cyberterrorism and Internet filtering), develops ideas for future Citizen Lab projects, posts proof of concept code and any other snippets of raw data that don't really have a place anywhere else. ICE also contains bleeding edge Internet filtering and censorship research related to the work of the Citizen Lab and the OpenNet Initiative including the development of censorship circumvention technology.
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