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Citizen Lab Summer Institute

The Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights is a series of intensive research workshops hosted annually at the Munk School of Global Affairs. This event is a key event for the information controls research community, and brings together experts from disparately different disciplines that are focused on studying technologies and policies that can threaten or promote freedom of speech online. The event is documented in a final report which in the past has been accompanied by extensive coverage in media outlets.

Funding to date

2016
2017
$55 119
$45 158
12 months
5 months
Total funding: 
$100 277
Core issues: 
Access to the Internet Awareness of access Privacy enhancement Security from danger or threat online
Current project status
  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)
  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)
  • It's basically done. (Release)
  • People Use It. (Production)
Regions
Global
We wrote about it
Objectives
Research
Technology development
Deploying technology
Software or hardware development
Testing
Training
Beneficiaries
General public
Women
Youth
Sexual minorities
Ethnic minorities
Activists
Journalists
Advocacy groups/NGOs
Academia
Technologists
Entrepreneurs
Government
Other
Addressed problems
Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment
Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
Prohibitive cost to access the Internet
Other
Technology focus
Browser extension
Browser plugin
Unmanaged language
User interface/experience
Anonymity
Application deployment
Web application
Server daemon
Web API/Mobile application (serverside)
Mobile application (clientside)
Cryptography
Desktop client
Desktop App
Dependency integration
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Platform as a service (PaaS)
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Sensitive data
Networking
Wireless Communication
Hardware/Embedded device(s)
Reverse Engineering
Other