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Dark Basin: Uncovering a Massive Hack-For-Hire Operation

June 9, 2020

June 9, 2020 — A new report by researchers at the Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School, reveals an enormous hack-for-hire operation that has targeted thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions around the globe. Targets included advocacy...

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We Chat, They Watch: How International Users Unwittingly Build up WeChat’s Chinese Censorship Apparatus

May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020 — A new report by researchers at the Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School, reveals that popular social media app WeChat surveils all users—even those with accounts registered outside of China—and uses messages from those...

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Censored Contagion: How information on the coronavirus is managed on Chinese social media

March 3, 2020

Toronto, March 3, 2020 — A new report by researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy reveals that keywords related to the coronavirus have been censored on two popular...

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MISSING LINK: Tibetan Groups Targeted with Mobile Exploits

September 24, 2019

Toronto, September 24, 2019 – Researchers at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, have discovered the first documented case of one-click mobile exploits used to target groups in the Tibetan diaspora, reflecting an escalation in the sophistication of digital espionage...

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Mind the Funding Gap: Transit Financing in Los Angeles County and Metro Vancouver

March 22, 2019

Toronto, March 21, 2019 – In many North American cities, municipal leaders have developed ambitious long-term transportation plans, yet local officials often concede that existing revenues streams are inadequate to finance such plans. Municipalities may lack either the legal authority...

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New IMFG paper highlights lack of diversity in the infrastructure industry

January 10, 2019

Toronto, January 10, 2019 – A new paper from the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy finds that the departments, firms, and companies that are at the heart...

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Canada and the Global Compact on Migration: Law, Politics, and Process beyond the Rhetoric

December 7, 2018

Next week, Canada will sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco starting Monday, December 10th 2019. The non-binding document is the result of two years of international negotiation. It sets 23 distinct objectives for...

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Planet Netsweeper: An investigation into the global proliferation of Internet filtering systems manufactured by Canadian company, Netsweeper, Inc.

April 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, Canada (25 April 2018) — A new report by the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, investigates the global proliferation of Internet filtering systems manufactured by Netsweeper, a Canadian company based in Waterloo, Ontario....

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Jury announced for the 28th annual Lionel Gelber Prize

January 3, 2018

For Immediate Release: January 3, 2018 (Toronto and Washington): Patricia Rubin, Chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize and The Lionel Gelber Foundation, and Randall Hansen, Interim Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, are pleased to announce the Jury...

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Citizen Lab launches Security Planner: an innovative and accessible digital safety platform

December 11, 2017

Toronto, ON – Many of us feel we could be doing more to stay safe online, but it can be hard to decide where to start and which advice to follow. At Citizen Lab, we track digital threats targeting civil...

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