Toronto to Host Citizen Lab Summer Institute Workshop on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights

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downloadThis year’s Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI) workshop will take place at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, from July 31 to August 2, and will bring together researchers and practitioners from the academia, civil society, and the private sector who are working on Internet openness, security, and rights.

The annual workshop will bring together perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds across technical and social science disciplines. Expected participants range from established experts to those just entering the area (e.g., graduate students).

The workshop provides a unique opportunity to meet a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and advocates and develop new and exciting research that addresses pressing questions for the Internet.

The CLSI was started to demonstrate that a greater understanding of technology and policy can only be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration which aims to help build and support a community that shares this belief.

Collaborations formed at prior Summer Institute workshops have led to high impact projects including analyzing national security and signals intelligence policy in Canada (2017), investigating censorship of the death of Liu Xiaobo on WeChat and Weibo(2017), conducting security audits of child monitoring apps in South Korea (2017, 2016, 2015), documenting Internet filtering in Zambia (2016). It also included exposing the “Great Cannon” (2014), an attack tool in China used for large scale distributed-denial of service attacks against Github and GreatFire.org.