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Why study at the Munk School?

There is no better time to study global affairs and public policy. Hear directly from our students and professors about why you should study at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.

NEWS

Teresa Kramarz receives Northrop Frye Award

Professor Teresa Kramarz has been awarded the University of Toronto’s Northrop Frye Award (Faculty) for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Kramarz created the Munk One first-year foundation program and has inspired the university to adopt the “global classroom” model, incorporating research opportunities into the undergraduate curriculum from day one.

ONLINE EVENT

Book Launch: Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World

Join us on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:00PM ET as Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and Innovation Policy Lab Co-Director Dan Breznitz discusses his new book, Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, with Ludwig Siegele, US Technology editor at The Economist. Read more about the book in this Q&A with Dan Breznitz.

News + Media

Munk School in the Media

Munk School experts are frequently sought to provide comment and context in Canadian and international media. From polling and elections to Citizen Lab reports on NSO spyware, from trade negotiations to global migration, our faculty and researchers are helping to shape conversations on the issues the matter most.

RESEARCH


New Citizen Lab Research:
Tik Tok vs. Douyin: A Security and Privacy Analysis

TikTok’s huge popularity in North America in particular has put it under increased scrutiny especially following the attempt from the Trump Administration to ban the app in the U.S. due to alleged national security concerns. Despite TikTok’s popularity and prominent public discussions surrounding its security and privacy, neither TikTok nor Douyin have been thoroughly studied. The popularity and attention TikTok has gained poses key questions: Did ByteDance adapt its social media platform to the international market in alignment with industry norms? Or did it implement or retain some features that are required in the Chinese market that may present undesirable security and privacy risks to non-mainland China users?

These are complex questions that need to consider technical aspects and platform policies and practices. This new Citizen Lab report focuses on the technical characteristics of TikTok and Douyin through analysis of the source codes of TikTok and Douyin’s Android apps. The results of this analysis inform our understanding of how ByteDance develops the two apps for their respective markets.

Research & Ideas

COVID-19 research
and commentary at the Munk School

Munk School experts are frequently sought to provide comment and context in Canadian and international media. Read the latest COVID-19 research and commentary from our faculty & researchers.