Ronald Deibert

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Ronald Deibert
Ronald Deibert
Deibert at re:publica conference, 2014
Born1964 (age 54–55)
OccupationDirector, Citizen Lab

Ronald J. Deibert OOnt (born 1964)[1] is a Canadian professor of political science and director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.[2] The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on research, development, and high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.[3] He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects.[4] Deibert was one of the founders and former VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon.

Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related to technology, media, and world politics.[5] He is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet,[6] published in May 2013 by Penguin Random House and turned into a feature-length documentary by Nick De Pencier in 2017.[7] He was one of the authors of the report Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network[8] which documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1,200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud: Investigating Cyber Espionage 2.0[9] report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network.

Deibert presently serves on the editorial boards of the journals International Political Sociology[10], Security Dialogue[11], Explorations in Media Ecology[12], Review of Policy Research[13], Journal of Global Security Studies[14], and Astropolitics.[15] He has served on the advisory boards of Access Now and Privacy International, and is currently on the advisory board of PEN Canada[16], the technical advisory groups of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the board of directors of Open Effect[17], the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy[18], the advisory board for the Citizen Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley[19], the advisory board of the Design4Democracy (D4D) Coalition[20], and co-chair of the University of Toronto's Information Security Council.[21]

In recognition of his own work or that of the Citizen Lab, Deibert has been awarded the University of Toronto's President's Impact Award[22] (2017), Foreign Policy's Global Thinker Award[23] (2017), the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer award[24] (2015), the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity[25] (2014), the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award from the Canadian Library Association[26] (2014), the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Vox Libera Award[27] (2010), the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy[28] (2010), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2003), and the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002).[29] He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of information and communication technologies (2002–2004).[30]

He was named one of Motherboard website's "Humans of the Year"[31] (2017), listed among SC Magazine's top "IT Security Luminaries"[32] (2010), and Esquire magazine's Best and Brightest List of 2007.[33]

In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario[34] 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.”[34]


  1. ^ Scott Anderson says. "The Troublemaker". University of Toronto. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  2. ^ "BPR Interview: Citizens Lab Director Ronald Deibert". Brown Political Review. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2016-01-09. BPR interviewed Ronald Deibert, director of Citizens Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, an interdisciplinary research organization focusing at the intersection of internet, global security and human rights.
  3. ^ "About the Citizen Lab". The Citizen Lab. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  4. ^ Hart, Kim (2008-08-27). "A new breed of hackers tracks online acts of war". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  5. ^ "Publications". The Citizen Lab. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  6. ^ "Black Code".
  7. ^ "Mongrel Media".
  8. ^ Markoff, John (2009-03-28). "Vast spy system loots computers in 103 countries". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  9. ^ "Breaking up dark clouds in cyberspace". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  10. ^ "Editorial_Board | International Political Sociology | Oxford Academic". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  11. ^ "Editors - Security Dialogue - PRIO". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  12. ^ "Explorations in Media Ecology {EME}". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  13. ^ "Review of Policy Research". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  14. ^ "Editorial_Board | Journal of Global Security Studies | Oxford Academic". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  15. ^ "Astropolitics". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  16. ^ "Board Members". PEN Canada. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  17. ^ "About". Open Effect. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  18. ^ "Steering Committee". World Movement for Democracy. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  19. ^ "Citizen Clinic". CLTC. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  20. ^ "Ronald Deibert". D4D Coalition. 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  21. ^ "Newly formed Information Security Council at U of T | ITS | University of Toronto". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  22. ^ "U of T honours seven researchers whose impact reaches beyond academia". University of Toronto News. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  23. ^ "Ronald Deibert named 2017 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine | Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  24. ^ Release, Press (2015-08-26). "EFF Announces 2015 Pioneer Award Winners: Caspar Bowden, Citizen Lab, Anriette Esterhuysen and the Association for Progressive Communications, and Kathy Sierra". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  25. ^ "Confronting Technology" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  26. ^ "Canadian Library Association | CLA Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  27. ^ "Media Room & Blue Book – University of Toronto". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  28. ^ "Ron Deibert receives Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award". Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
  29. ^ "U of T Teaching Awards". Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  30. ^ "Profile of U of T Citizen Lab Professor Ron Deibert". Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  31. ^ Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo (2017-02-06). "Ron Deibert's Lab Is the 'Robin Hood' of Cybersecurity". Motherboard. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  32. ^ "Top of the heap: 2010's IT security luminaries". SC Media. 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  33. ^ "The Best and Brightest 2007". Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  34. ^ a b "25 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour". Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

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