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Keep Calm and (Don’t) Enable Macros: A New Threat Actor Targets UAE Dissidents

May 27, 2016

This Citizen Lab report describes a campaign of targeted spyware attacks carried out by a sophisticated operator, which the authors call Stealth Falcon. The attacks have been conducted from 2012 until the present, against Emirati journalists, activists, and dissidents.  Authors...

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Summitry and Global Order

May 1, 2016

Today, the world’s biggest challenges-from financial (in)stability to immigration, health, the environment, terrorism and food safety- are global in nature, and their solutions demand global thinking. Authors Alan S. Alexandroff and Donald Brean argue that modern summitry is one of the best ways...

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Bolsa Familia Case Study – Final

March 30, 2016

How does Bolsa Familia, Brazil’s conditional cash transfer program, reach the country’s poorest citizens? A team of researchers, led by Joseph Wong, investigated the program in a case study.

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Conceptualizing Cooperation Coordination and Concertation as Two Logics of Collective Action

March 14, 2016

Despite recognizing that institutionalized cooperation is central to both business and politics in many advanced, industrialized economies, scholars remain divided over the origins, character, and future of “non-liberal” capitalism. This article, written by Darius Ornston and Tobias Schulze-Cleven, seeks to...

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Shifting Tactics: Tracking changes in years-long espionage campaign against Tibetans

March 10, 2016

This report, written by Citizen Lab researchers Jakub Dalek, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, and John Scott-Railton, describes the latest iteration in a long-running espionage campaign against the Tibetan community. It details how the attackers continuously adapt their campaigns to their targets, shifting...

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A Policy Agenda for the Digital Economy

February 26, 2016

This paper by David A. Wolfe, co-directer of the Innovation Policy Lab (IPL), identifies challenges and recommends strategies for fostering a digital economy in Canada and around the world. Part of the IPL’s White Paper Series. Read the full report. 

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Baidu’s and Don’ts: Privacy and Security Issues in Baidu Browser

February 23, 2016

Baidu Browser is a free web browser for the Windows and Android platforms, produced by Baidu, one of China’s largest technology companies. The browser offers a number of features beyond those found in standard browsers, including video and audio download...

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Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security

February 2, 2016

Fitness tracking devices monitor heartbeats, measure steps, sleep, and tie into a larger ecosystem of goal setting, diet tracking, and other health activities. Every Step You Fake  investigates the privacy and security properties of eight popular wearable fitness tracking systems....

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Cost Overruns on Infrastructure Projects: Patterns, causes and cures

January 22, 2016

Authored by Matti Siemiatycki, associate professor in Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, the new IMFG report shows the causes of cost overruns are not merely technical. Instead, Siemiatycki argues, there are deep psychological and political economic factors that also contribute.

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Introduction to Richard G. Harris, Trade, Industrial Policy and International Competition

January 15, 2016

David A. Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab, examines Richard Harris’ background study on trade and industrial policy. Read the full paper. 

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