Citizen Lab

8 results arranged by date

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How surveillance, trolls, and fear of arrest affect Egypt's journalists

June 12, 2017 11:06 AM ET

As Egypt's crackdown on the press extends to social media and other communication platforms, many journalists say phishing attempts, trolling, software to monitor social media posts, and a draft law that would require registration for social media users are...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Only universal technical security will keep journalists safe By Tom Lowenthal, CPJ Staff Technologist Journalism is an information field — its practice is based on communication with sources, compiling and analyzing information and data, and then publishing and sharing the...

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Hacking Team leak underscores complexity of regulating software

July 13, 2015 10:20 AM ET

Among the 400 gigabytes of internal documents belonging to surveillance firm Hacking Team that were released online this week are details of the company's dealings with some of the most oppressive governments in the world. The revelations, which have generated...

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One year after arrest Zone 9 bloggers remain imprisoned as trial drags on

April 23, 2015 10:29 AM ET

It will be one year this weekend since six bloggers were arrested in Addis Ababa, just days after the group announced on Facebook that their Zone 9 blog would resume publishing after seven months of inactivity. As the anniversary of...

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China's Great Cannon: New weapon to suppress free speech online

April 21, 2015 6:12 PM ET

China, rated as the eighth most censored country in the world, in a report released by CPJ today, has long had a strong line of defense against free speech online. Its Golden Shield Project, launched by the Ministry of...

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Ethiopia suspected of spying on independent TV network ESAT

March 10, 2015 2:21 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by research that indicates the Ethiopian government used spyware to monitor journalists at U.S.-based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) in what appears to be a continuation of surveillance first reported...

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For journalists, danger lurking in your email

July 27, 2012 7:47 AM ET

This week, Morgan Marquis-Boire and Bill Marczak of the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab provided a disturbing look into the likely use of a commercial surveillance program, FinFisher, to remotely invade and control the computers of Bahraini activists. After...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Internet Analysis

February 15, 2011 12:56 AM ET

Exposing the Internet's shadowy assailants by Danny O'Brien For the past decade, those who used the Internet to report the news might have assumed that the technological edge was in their favor. But online journalists now face more than just...

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