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The Public Finance Challenges of Fracking for Local Governments in the United States

April 17, 2018

Fracking has revolutionized international oil and gas markets practically overnight, but its impact on local public finance and governance have largely been overlooked. While operating under federal and state constraints, the key ongoing policy question is whether and to what...

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Climate Finance for Canadian Cities: Is Debt Financing a Viable Alternative?

March 15, 2018

Municipalities are crucial stakeholders in the response to climate change. Cities are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and, due to their higher building and population densities, will bear the brunt of the economic and social costs imposed by extreme...

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Collaborating for Investment Attraction in the Toronto Region

February 12, 2018

Established in February 2017, Toronto Global is a leading investment attraction agency in Canada and one which is designed to act on behalf of all of the municipalities that comprise the Toronto Region. The underlying rationale for the establishment of...

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Spying on a Budget: Inside a Phishing Operation with Targets in the Tibetan Community

January 31, 2018

This Citizen Lab report analyzes an extensive phishing operation with targets in the Tibetan community. The Lab’s analysis indicates other possible targets among ethnic minorities, social movements, a media group, and government agencies in South and Southeast Asia. The operation...

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India: providing proof of identity to one billion

December 7, 2017

Proof of identity can be a powerful tool for inclusion. This case study looks at how, recognizing the role of proof of identity in promoting social inclusion, the Indian Government created Aadhaar, a non-duplicable form of identification. Read the report

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Thailand: A case study on eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission

December 7, 2017

This case study looks at Thailand’s extraordinary experience of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and the important lessons about how to reach the hard to reach. Read the report

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Jordan: A case study on UNHCR’s cash assistance program for Syrian refugees

December 7, 2017

This case study looks at how the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s biometric cash assistance program for Syrian refugees in Jordan has been tremendously successful in reaching the most marginalized and meeting their basic needs. Read the report

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Global Education for Canadians: Equipping young Canadians to succeed at home and abroad

November 8, 2017

Canadians pride themselves on their open, diverse and innovative society. But is Canada really prepared for the challenges that lie ahead? Young Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in a more complex and competitive world. Technological innovation is...

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Combating Corruption in Global Health

August 15, 2017

BY TIM K. MACKEY, JILLIAN KOHLER, MAUREEN LEWIS AND TARYN VIAN Corruption is a critical challenge to global health efforts, and combating it requires international action, advocacy, and research. An article by Tim K. Mackey, Jillian Kohler, Maureen Lewis and Taryn...

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Reckless IV: Lawyers for Murdered Mexican Women’s Families Targeted with NSO Spyware

August 3, 2017

This Citizen Lab research note reveals newly-discovered infection attempts using NSO Group’s government-exclusive Pegasus spyware. The targets were Karla Micheel Salas and David Peña, Mexican lawyers and human rights defenders representing the families of Nadia Vera, Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, and Mile...

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