Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports

New taxes for Toronto and other large Canadian cities

November 23, 2016

This paper from the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance considers the pros and cons of new taxes for Canada’s major cities. Read the paper

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Financing the Golden Age: Municipal Finance in Toronto, 1950 to 1975

November 10, 2016

As Toronto City Council debates the future of the City’s long-term financial direction, a new IMFG Paper by noted Toronto historian Richard White, Financing the Golden Age: Municipal Finance in Toronto, 1950 to 1975, provides insights from the past. The...

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Harmonized Histories? A year of fragmented censorship across Chinese live streaming applications

November 1, 2016

This Citizen Lab report reveals hidden keyword blacklists that are used to censor chats on three popular Chinese live streaming applications, YY, 9158, and Sina Show. Contrary to prior research and assumptions that Internet censorship in China operates under a uniform...

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Treating Health and Pharmaceutical Corruption: The need for a multistakeholder UN partnership framework

October 25, 2016

In this article, in the International Affairs Forum Fall issue, Jillian Kohler examines corruption in the health sector, its negative impact on health services and call for more creative thinking around how to tackle corruption on a global scale. Read...

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How Technology Is Changing Toronto Employment

October 17, 2016

While technology companies are often hailed as the future of the economy, that future may have already arrived in Toronto. David Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab, and MGA alumnus Travis Southin collaborated on a new report whose findings...

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Economic Coordination in the Bay Area

September 23, 2016

Recently, David Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, presented at the Bay Area Economic Summit in Burlington. In this presentation, Wolfe encourages local leaders from all sectors to accelerate intentional intercity cooperation needed...

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Tender Confirmed, Rights At Risk: Verifying Netsweeper in Bahrain

September 21, 2016

This Citizen Lab report provides detailed evidence regarding the use of the services of Canadian company Netsweeper, Inc. to censor access to the Internet in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Read the report Read about this research in the news: Associated...

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Ahmed Mansoor

The Million Dollar Dissident: NSO Group’s iPhone Zero-Days used against a UAE Human Rights Defender

August 25, 2016

This Citizen Lab report describes how a government targeted an internationally recognized human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor, with the Trident, a chain of zero-day exploits designed to infect his iPhone with sophisticated commercial spyware. Read the report Read more about...

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Internet Voting Project Report

August 23, 2016

The Internet Voting Project, led by Centre for e-Democracy Director Nicole Goodman, PhD, and funded by SSHRC, surveyed voters, candidates, and election administrators in 47 of the 97 municipalities that offered Internet voting in the October 2014 municipal elections in...

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Group5: Syria and the Iranian Connection

August 2, 2016

This Citizen Lab report describes an elaborately staged malware operation with targets in the Syrian opposition. The operators have used a range of techniques to target Windows computers and Android phones with the apparent goal of penetrating the computers of...

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