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The Platform Economy and Regulatory Disruption

June 5, 2018

Platform economy firms such as Uber and Airbnb have attracted attention in cities around the world, given the impact of these firms on the existing taxi industry or the rental market, but little has been written about the effects of...

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Promise and Peril in the Smart City

June 5, 2018

In the past few years, a growing number of urbanists, planners, technology companies, and governance experts have started to use the term “smart city.” Some define smart cities in terms of using emerging and established technologies to improve the performance...

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Map highlighting the ten countries using Netsweeper to censor the internet.

Planet Netsweeper

April 25, 2018

This report describes Citizen Lab’s investigation into the global proliferation of Internet filtering systems manufactured by the Canadian company, Netsweeper, Inc. After undertaking a mapping of worldwide country installations, Citizen Lab focuses in on ten country cases in which they...

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Creating Digital Opportunity for Canada

April 20, 2018

In this report, David Wolfe provides an overview of the opportunities for Canadian policymakers as they navigate the digital economy. Read the report

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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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