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Ron Deibert / @rondeibert

Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs
Ron Deibert, (OOnt, PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of Cyberspace (Random House: 2013). as well as numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression, and access to information. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, The Journal of Global Security Studies, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, for being “among the first to recognize and take measures to mitigate growing threats to communications rights, openness and security worldwide.” He is co-chair (with the Government of Netherlands) of the working group “Internet Free and Secure” for the next Freedom Online Coalition meeting in Mongolia, May 2015.

Most Recent Posts

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Shutting the Backdoor

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October 23, 2013
Ron Deibert has serious concerns regarding the predominance of the "backdoor paradigm" to monitoring digital communications for security purposes.