Toronto, ON – Researchers at the Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, published a report today that reveals how discussions about a nationwide government crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in China are censored on WeChat and Weibo, two of the leading social networks in China. The crackdown is dubbed “709 Crackdown” as the first enforced disappearances of targeted individuals took place on July 9, 2015, and has since affected over 250 Chinese rights lawyers, law firm staff, activists and their relatives. The researchers tested words from news articles from popular news websites and discovered 44 keywords related to the 709 Crackdown were blocked on WeChat. These keywords were also found filtered on the search function of Weibo. The majority of these keywords include references to the names of individuals targeted by the crackdown. “WeChat blocks certain combinations of keywords related to sensitive topics such as the ‘709 Crackdown.’  When a message contains the words of a blacklisted keyword combination, it is silently filtered.  Neither the sender nor the intended recipient receive a notification that the message was censored.” – Jeffrey Knockel, Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto With 806 million monthly active users, WeChat is the dominant chat application in China and fourth largest in the world. Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, has reached 313 million monthly active users, almost equal to that of Twitter. Both applications thrive on their huge user base in China and concerned citizens have taken to these popular platforms to advocate for individuals affected by the crackdown. But both platforms must also follow strict content regulations in China. On WeChat, censorship related to the 709 Crackdown is enabled specifically on users with accounts registered to mainland China phone numbers, a consistent pattern Citizen Lab has found in past research. “These findings highlight the challenges and potential hindrances faced by individuals, NGOs, and the international community in conducting advocacy work related to the ‘709 Crackdown’ as well as many other politically-sensitive cases in China. While there is tremendous global effort to help Chinese rights defenders, many of these messages fail to reach domestic audiences in China due to information control practices on Chinese social media platforms.” – Lotus Ruan, Research Fellow, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto In addition to keyword filtering, the researchers found evidence of image filtering related to the 709 Crackdown on WeChat, the first documentation of its kind on the app. The researchers documented image filtering on WeChat Moments, a WeChat feature that resembles Facebook’s Timeline where users can share text or image updates with their friends. The greater attention to Moments is possibly due to concerns about posts being spread to larger audiences and leading to mobilization. Similar to keyword filtering, censorship of images is only enabled for China accounts. The filtering is also not transparent. “Our report serves as a reminder that for a large portion of the world, social media act as gatekeepers of what they can read, speak, and see. When they operate in a repressive environment like China, social media can end up surreptitiously preventing important political topics from being discussed.  Our finding that WeChat is also systematically censoring images as well as text opens up the daunting prospect of multi-media censorship and surveillance on social media.” – Ron Deibert, Director, the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto The Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, has extensive experience uncovering Internet censorship practices through network measurement and reverse engineering techniques. Previous work has investigated censorship on WeChat Public Accounts, Sina Weibo, chat apps, video sharing sites and live streaming platforms used in China. -30- For media inquiries, contact: Dena Allen Public Affairs & Engagement Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto Telephone: 416-946-0123 Mobile: 416-795-3902 dena.allen@utoronto.ca Guide on Citing in Media Title: We (can’t) Chat: “709 Crackdown” Discussions Blocked on Weibo and WeChat Published By: The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Publication Date: April 13, 2017 Report URL: https://citizenlab.org/2017/04/we-cant-chat-709-crackdown-discussions-blocked-on-weibo-and-wechat/  

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Toronto, ON – At the Japan-Canada Summit Meeting in May 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that Japan wished to support Japanese studies at Canadian universities in order to promote mutual understanding between the two countries. Today, based upon this commitment, the Government of Japan is conferring US$5 million on the University of Toronto to establish an endowed chair in Japanese politics and global affairs, and to launch a Centre for the Study of Global Japan. The University of Toronto is the first Canadian university to receive such support from the Government of Japan. The Consul General of Japan in Toronto, Mr. Yasunori Nakayama, says, “At a time when we are experiencing significant changes and instability on the global stage, Japan and Canada, as members of G7 countries that share common values, have a responsibility to make contributions to the world community that ensure peace and prosperity. We also share common challenges such as terrorism, global warming and our aging populations. It is therefore imperative that our academic institutions are able to conduct extensive research that enables us to properly understand each other. The University of Toronto is one of the oldest, biggest and most influential universities in Canada. I am delighted that an institution as prestigious as the University of Toronto now has the means to significantly broaden its study of contemporary Japan with a global perspective.” “The University of Toronto has a keen, long-standing interest in Japan, because of its importance on the world stage and the strong political, economic and cultural ties between our two countries,” says U of T President Meric Gertler. “We are deeply honoured, therefore, to have been selected by the Government of Japan for this landmark endowment, which will extend and amplify our impact in the study of Japan as a major global power.” The University of Toronto is home to Canada’s first Department of East Asian Studies and has substantial expertise in the field. The gift will enable the University to recruit a top expert in the politics, diplomacy, security and global affairs of Japan. The chairholder will be cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the Faculty of Arts & Science. In the interim, Professor David Welch will be appointed the inaugural visiting chair. Welch, a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Professor Louis Pauly, chair of the Department of Political Science, says, “The endowed chair will secure the permanent presence here of a scholar who studies the political dimensions of Japan’s vital contributions to regional and global order.” The chair will also lead the Centre for the Study of Global Japan. The Centre, which will be housed at the Munk School of Global Affairs, will expand teaching, research and public outreach by bringing together scholars of Japan from across the university and beyond, as well as practitioners and others interested in the country and the region. It will organize a permanent lecture and seminar series, anchored by an annual lecture by an eminent analyst of Japanese politics and diplomacy. “The Centre will open up more bilateral opportunities to build strong relationships and lifelong interests in Japanese politics and global affairs,” says Professor Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. “This partnership will ensure that the University is able to promote and disseminate knowledge of contemporary Japan to the next generation of leaders, especially important during this time of dramatic change.” - 30 - MEDIA CONTACTS Professor Louis Pauly Chair, Department of Political Science University of Toronto louis.pauly@utoronto.ca 416-978-6385 Professor Stephen Toope Director, Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto stephen.toope@utoronto.ca 416-946-8450 Diana Kuprel Director, Advancement Communications Faculty of Arts & Science d.kuprel@utoronto.ca 416-946-3118 Rui Umezawa Chief Advisor to the Consul General Consulate General of Japan rui.umezawa@to.mofa.go.jp 416-306-1850

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Toronto, ON – A new report from the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs uncovers Nile Phish, an ongoing and extensive phishing campaign against Egyptian civil society. In recent years, Egypt has witnessed what is widely described as an “unprecedented crackdown,” on both civil society and dissent. Amidst this backdrop, in late November 2016 Citizen Lab began investigating phishing attempts on staff at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an Egyptian organization working on research, advocacy and legal engagement to support basic freedoms and rights.

With the collaboration and assistance of EIPR’s technical team, the investigation expanded to include seven Egyptian NGOs targeted by Nile Phish. These seven organizations work on human rights, political freedoms, gender issues and freedom of speech.  Citizen Lab also identified individual targets, including Egyptian lawyers, journalists and independent activists.

With only a handful of exceptions, Nile Phish targets are also implicated in Case 173, a sprawling 5-year-old legal case brought against NGOs by the Egyptian government over issues of foreign funding. The phishing campaign also coincides with renewed pressure on these organizations and their staff by the Egyptian government, in the context of Case 173, including asset freezes, travel bans, forced closures, and arrests.

“The scale of the campaign and its persistence compound the many threats already faced by Egyptian NGOs,” says John Scott-Railton, senior researcher at the Citizen Lab. 

Citizen Lab is not in a position in this report to conclusively attribute Nile Phish to a particular sponsor, but the sponsor of Nile Phish sponsor clearly has a strong interest in the activities of Egyptian NGOs, specifically those charged by the Egyptian government in Case 173. Nile Phish is clearly familiar with targeted NGOs’ activities, staff concerns, and is able to quickly phish on the heels of action by the Egyptian government.

“When most of us think of state cyber espionage, what likely comes to mind are extraordinary technological capabilities: rare unpatched software vulnerabilities discovered by teams of highly skilled operators, or services purchased for millions from shadowy “cyber warfare” companies.  To be sure, some cyber espionage fits this description, as any perusal through the Snowden disclosures or our recent “Million Dollar Dissident” report will show. But not all of them do.  More often than not, cyber espionage can be surprisingly low-tech and inexpensive, and yet no less effective, than the glitzy stereotypes.  The Nile Phish campaign is a case in point,” says Ron Deibert, Citizen Lab’s director. 

By exposing the Nile Phish operation, and providing technical indicators, Citizen Lab hopes to help potential targets and other investigators identify and mitigate the campaign.

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Title: Nile Phish: Large-Scale Phishing Campaign Targeting Egyptian Civil Society Published By: The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Publication Date: February 2, 2017 Report URL: https://citizenlab.org/2017/02/nilephish-report/

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Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals hidden keyword blacklists that are used to censor chats on three popular Chinese live streaming applications, YY, 9158, and Sina Show. Contrary to  prior research and assumptions that Internet censorship in China operates under a uniform set of guidelines, the researchers found uneven implementation of censorship on the live streaming  apps they studied. Live streaming applications have gained huge popularity in China in recent years, with millions of  users flocking to them to share karaoke performances, game sessions, and glimpses of their everyday  lives. Popular streams attract hundreds of thousands of users who can chat with the live streamers and purchase virtual items to give them. The live streamers can in turn trade those items for cash.  These platforms have given rise to a new generation of Internet celebrities who amass audiences,  virtual gifts, product endorsements, and even venture capital investment from their video streams.  However, the growing popularity of these apps has been met with increased pressure from the Chinese  government to ensure real name registration of live streaming performers and censorship of  prohibited content. “Social media companies in China are held responsible and liable for content on their platforms,  and are expected to control content, or face punishment from the government. Our research shows how  this system works in practice.” says Masashi Crete-Nishihata, (Research Manager, Citizen Lab). To examine how censorship works on these applications, Citizen Lab researchers reverse engineered them -- a careful process whereby the software is essentially taken apart and examined  from the inside out. They found that censorship is done on the client-side, meaning all the rules  to perform censorship are inside of the application running on your phone or computer. The  researchers were able to collect the keyword lists used to trigger censorship of chat messages. Jeffrey Knockel (Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab) explains: “These apps have built-in lists of  blacklisted keywords. If you send any of these keywords your chat message is censored. These keyword lists give a behind the scenes look into how social media is censored in China.” The researchers tracked updates to the keyword lists over a year and found that new terms were  often added in reaction to sensitive events. Overall, they found limited overlap in the blacklisted keywords used by the companies. These findings suggest that while the Chinese government may set general expectations about taboo topics, decisions on what exactly to censor are left primarily to companies themselves. China has the most Internet users in the world and one of the strictest regimes of information control. This new report offers a nuanced and in depth view of how social media is censored in this country. “Many people believe China censors the Internet in a uniform, monolithic manner. Our research shows that the social media ecosystem in China -- though definitely restricted for users -- is more decentralized, variable, and slightly chaotic.” says Ron Deibert, (Director of the Citizen Lab). The researchers are releasing their report with a timeline that visualizes events censored by these applications over the past year. This report is part of the Net Alert project, an effort to make research on information controls more accessible. The Citizen Lab , based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, has extensive experience uncovering Internet censorship practices through network measurement and reverse engineering techniques. Read the Full Report: https://netalert.me/harmonized-histories.html -30- For media inquiries, contact: Dena Allen Public Affairs & Engagement Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto Telephone: 416.946.0123 Mobile: 416.795.3902 dena.allen@utoronto.ca Guide on Citing in Media Title: Harmonized Histories? A year of fragmented censorship across Chinese live streaming  applications Published By: The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, https://netalert.me/harmonized-histories.html Publication Date: 1 November 2016

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November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

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November 17, 2017

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November 13, 2017

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The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more.