Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


Cross-country Exposure: Analysis of the MY2022 Olympics app

January 18, 2022

This Citizen Lab report analyzes the MY2022, an app mandated for use by all attendees of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. The report shows that the app has a simple but devastating flaw where encryption protecting users’ voice audio...

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False-Positive Results in Rapid Antigen Tests for SARS-CoV-2

January 17, 2022

Concerns have been raised whether rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 can result in false-positive test results and undermine pandemic management for COVID-19. This study, co-authored by Janice Stein, investigated the incidence of false-positive results in a large sample of rapid...

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New Citizen Lab Report — Project Torogoz: Extensive Hacking of Media & Civil Society in El Salvador with Pegasus Spyware

January 12, 2022

Key Findings from Citizen Lab Our latest report uncovers a massive hacking campaign against media and civil society in El Salvador using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Together with our colleagues at Access Now, and in collaboration with Frontline Defenders, SocialTIC...

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Pegasus vs. Predator Dissident’s Doubly-Infected iPhone Reveals Cytrox Mercenary Spyware

December 16, 2021

Citizen Lab’s latest report reveals that the iPhone of exiled Egyptian politician Ayman Nour was simultaneously infected with two different kinds of spyware — NSO Group’s Pegasus and Predator, software built and sold by mercenary spyware developer Cytrox. The Pegasus...

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Into the Scale-up-verse: Exploring the landscape of Canada’s high-performing firms

December 10, 2021

This report shows that while small in number, taken together, scale-ups are crucial in ensuring Canada’s long term economic sustainability. In order to unlock their full potential, policymakers need to carefully approach discussions around scale-ups, particularly in distinguishing the different...

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A progress report on Regent Park revitalization: UofT, Munk School, Metcalf Foundation and Spacing Toronto

December 7, 2021

Led by Shauna Brail from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy & folks from Spacing Magazine, a new report out today about the Regent Park revitalization. Read the full report or visit the Spacing website.  Background: We...

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New Institute of Municipal Finance & Governance Paper: Provincial-Local Equalization in Canada: Time for a Change?

November 25, 2021

Although federal-provincial equalization is a source of regular debate in Canada, the importance of provincial-municipal equalization is often ignored. And, yet, provincial-municipal equalization is essential to ensure that that all residents of a province can access a reasonably comparable level...

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Peter Loewen in Electoral Studies journal: Communicating safety precautions can help maintain in-person voter turnout during a pandemic

November 23, 2021

Scholars have linked cost and life stress to lower voter turnout with clear implications for voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter Loewen and his researchers ask whether COVID-19 reduces turnout intention and how election agencies can mitigate this effect. These studies...

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New Ron Levi paper: Legal Cynicism and System Avoidance: Roma Marginality in Central and Eastern Europe

November 11, 2021

The Roma are Europe’s largest minority group and face extensive discrimination. In a new @SF_Journal article, @ronleviutoronto, @isendroiu and J. Hagan draw on a survey of Roma and non-Roma households across Central and Eastern Europe and examine how legal cynicism and the avoidance of social...

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Devices of Palestinian Human Rights Defenders Hacked with NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware

November 8, 2021

In October 2021, the human rights non-governmental organization (NGO) Front Line Defenders (FLD) began collecting data on the suspected hacking of the devices of several Palestinians working for civil society organizations based in the West Bank. FLD shared the data they collected...

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