Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


We (can’t) Chat: “709 Crackdown” Discussions Blocked on Weibo and WeChat

April 13, 2017

This report from the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs reveals how discussions about a nationwide government crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in China are censored on WeChat and Weibo, two of the leading social networks in China....

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The Social Innovation Strategies of Canadian Foundations

April 10, 2017

This white paper by Kristen Pue and Dan Breznitz examines how leading Canadian foundations have approached social innovation. While definitions vary, the paper identifies a distinctly Canadian approach to innovation based on collaboration and adaptation. In addition, the authors identify five different strategies to...

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Accountability officers and integrity in Canadian municipal government

March 29, 2017

Many local governments across Canada have established independent accountability officer positions, yet little research has been done on their impact and effectiveness. Can we expect the existence of these officers – auditors general, ombudsmen, integrity commissioners, lobbyist registrars, and closed...

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Innovation Policy in International Perspective

March 28, 2017

The Innovation Policy Lab hosted a panel discussion on Canada’s innovation within the global landscape on March 21 at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Panellists included Mark Zachary Taylor, professor and author of The Politics of Innovation: Why Some...

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Climate Change, Floods, and Municipal Risk Sharing in Canada

February 28, 2017

This paper from the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance looks at how cities can reduce exposure to flood risk caused by climate change. Read the paper

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Reducing Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Effective steering strategies for city governments

February 22, 2017

This paper from the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance examines the successes and stumbling blocks of three major cities in trying to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Read the paper

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The Security Bazaar: Business interests and Islamist power in civil war Somalia

February 17, 2017

In this article, Aisha Ahmad asks why radical Islamist groups come to power in internal conflicts, a question that is relevant to current discussions of the Islamic State/ISIS and similar movements across the Middle East and South and Central Asia. The...

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Thermonuclear cyberwar

February 14, 2017

In this research article, Jon Lindsay and colleague Eric Gartzke explore the relationship between cyber operations and nuclear deterrence. Nuclear command and control increasingly relies on computing networks that might be vulnerable to cyber attack. Yet nuclear deterrence and cyber operations...

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Bitter Sweet: Supporters of Mexico’s soda tax targeted with NSO exploit links

February 13, 2017

This Citizen Lab report describes an espionage operation using government-exclusive spyware to target a Mexican government food scientist and two public health advocates. All of the targets have been active supporters of Mexico’s soda tax, a public health measure to...

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Nile Phish: Large-scale phishing campaign targeting Egyptian civil society

February 2, 2017

This Citizen Lab report describes Nile Phish, an ongoing and extensive phishing campaign against Egyptian civil society. In recent years, Egypt has witnessed what is widely described as an “unprecedented crackdown,” on both civil society and dissent. Amidst this backdrop,...

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