Ronald Deibert

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Ronald Deibert
Ronald Deibert
Ronald Deibert at Stockholm Internet Forum 2014
Occupation Director, Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies

Ronald J. Deibert, OOnt is a Canadian professor of political science and currently the director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.[1] The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development "hothouse" working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights.[2] He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects.[3] 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. He is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet,[4] published in May 2013 by Penguin Random House and turned into a feature-length documentary by Nick De Pencier in 2017[5]. He was one of the authors of the report Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network[6] 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[7] report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network.

He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society on issues relating to Internet censorship, surveillance and information warfare.[citation needed] He presently[when?] serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology[8], Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics.[citation needed]

Deibert is on the advisory board of,[9] Privacy International,[10] and is a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.[11]

Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002),[12] the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy[13] (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of information and communication technologies (2002-2004).[14]

He was named among Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest List of 2007,[15] and in 2010, he was listed among SC Magazine’s top “IT Security Luminaries.”[16]

In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario[17] 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.”[18]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Ron Deibert, Cyber sleuth". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  3. ^ Hart, Kim (2008-08-27). "A new breed of hackers tracks online acts of war". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Black Code". 
  5. ^ "Mongrel Media". 
  6. ^ Markoff, John (2009-03-28). "Vast spy system loots computers in 103 countries". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  7. ^ "Breaking up dark clouds in cyberspace". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Editorial board: International Political Sociology". 
  9. ^ "Our International Advisory Board". Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  10. ^ "International Advisory Board". Privacy International. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  12. ^ "U of T Teaching Awards". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ron Deibert receives Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award". Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  14. ^ "Profile of U of T Citizen Lab Professor Ron Deibert". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Retrieved 2 May 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Retrieved 2 May 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "25 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour". Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. 
  18. ^ Retrieved 2 May 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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