Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform

May 20, 2014

The OECD has published a new paper in the OECD series, Working Papers on Fiscal Federalism 18, by IMFG Director Enid Slack and Prof. Richard Bird, entitled “The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform” (2014).

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Rouhani Meter and the first 100 Days

January 7, 2014

On August 3rd, 2013, RouhaniMeter.com set out to measure the performance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by monitoring the status of promises he made during his campaign. This new report is a look at the Rouhani presidency through the work of the first 100 days of the Rouhani Meter project, from August 3rd to November 12th. In addition to an extended analysis, the report shares new research on public requests for change made by civil society groups, academics, and prominent Iranian figures within Iran to President Rouhani.

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The Role and Place of the High-Level Political Forum in Strengthening the Global Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

January 4, 2014

Steven Bernstein draws on UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution A/RES/67/290 of July 2013, which establishes the format and organizational aspects of the HLPF, to explore ways the Forum can fulfill its mandate of providing leadership on and integration of sustainable development.

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Cover of "E-Bandits in Global Activism: WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Politics of No One" - Showing famous Anonymous mask

E-Bandits in Global Activism: WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Politics of No One

December 13, 2013

In recent years, WikiLeaks and Anonymous have made headlines distributing confidential information, defacing websites, and generating protest around political issues. Although many have dismissed these actors as terrorists, criminals, and troublemakers, the authors argue that such actors are emblematic of a new kind of political actor: extraordinary bandits (e-bandits) that engage in the politics of no one via anonymizing Internet technologies.

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Fencing in Warfare: Threats, Punishment, and Intra-war Deterrence in Counterterrorism

Fencing in Warfare: Threats, Punishment, and Intra-war Deterrence in Counterterrorism

November 15, 2013

This article posits that states can gain coercive leverage over different actors involved in terrorism, including organizations with which they are actively hoping to defeat.

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Some Devices Wander by Mistake: Planet Blue Coat Redux

July 10, 2013

The Citizen Lab is pleased to announce the release of Some Devices Wander by Mistake: Planet Blue Coat Redux. In this report, we use a combination of network measurement and scanning methods and tools to identify instances of Blue Coat ProxySG and PacketShaper devices.

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O Pakistan, We Stand on Guard for Thee: An Analysis of Canada-based Netsweeper’s Role in Pakistan’s Censorship Regime

June 20, 2013

A new Citizen Lab report, entitled O Pakistan, We Stand on Guard for Thee: An Analysis of Canada-based Netsweeper’s Role in Pakistan’s Censorship Regime, has found that Canada-based Netsweeper filtering products have been installed in Pakistan, and are being used for filtering political and social web content.

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Crowdfunding: Perspectives and Prospects

June 5, 2013

Researchers at the India Innovation Institute at the University of Toronto are developing a research agenda that identifies and studies elements that constitute an effective innovation system. An important factor that supports and nurtures innovations is the existence of adequate financing. Crowdfunding is a new approach to obtain necessary funding for start-ups. This approach has resulted in start-up financing of more than $1.5 billion globally in 2011.

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For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying

May 3, 2013

The report features new findings, as well as consolidating a year of our research on the commercial market for offensive computer network intrusion capabilities developed by Western companies.

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Creating Pathways to Decarbonization

May 3, 2013

On January 10-11, 2013, a distinguished group of practitioners and scholars gathered at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs in an attempt to start a new conversation about the politics and governance of climate change. The Post-Kyoto era has now begun, with little fanfare, some anxiety, and considerable, unaddressed challenges. While the failure to negotiate a strong Kyoto successor deserves our attention, it doesn’t change the science, global concern, or public demands for action.

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