I heard Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab speaking with Matt Galloway this morning on Metro Morning. The Citizen Lab team, working out of the Munk School of Global Affairs, will be one of the recipients of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Internet Pioneer Award.
The Citizen Lab is “an interdisciplinary laboratory … focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), human rights, and global security.”
Deibert posted this comment about winning the award on their website:
“It is a huge honour and a tribute to all Citizen Lab staff, past and present, to be a recipient of the EFF Internet Pioneer Award for 2015. It is also very humbling to join a long list of such distinguished award winners who have done so much collectively to work for an open and secure Internet. We are thrilled to see that our impartial, evidence-based research is being recognized by an organization like EFF, which has done so much over the years to promote human rights online.”
A lot has changed since I wrote about this research group in one of my first Slaw posts. In his conversation with Galloway he talks about what amounts to an “arms race” in state sponsored malware that is “reaching a stage of urgency.” The Lab‘s “impartial, evidence-based” approach investigates and uncovers these types of activities and provides information through their reports and research briefs that broaden awareness and help prepare individuals and organizations for these potential threats to “human rights concerns in the digital realm.”
It’s a great interview and you can clearly hear Deibert‘s passion for this work characterizing it as akin to a “CSI of human rights.” Congratulations!