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University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs

Grants to University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Human Rights

    TORONTO, CANADA —
    The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the University of Toronto working at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights. It is helping to define new ways to monitor and analyze the exercise of political power in cyberspace and the human rights abuses that can result through its pioneering approach to evidence-based, policy-relevant research. The award provides core support to the Lab as it carries out projects grouped under three themes: targeted digital threats against civil society groups; technical measurements of digital information controls and threats to freedom of expression; and information controls and corporate transparency. The Lab's research in these thematic areas serves as a key ingredient in efforts by a host of advocacy organizations and litigators aiming to improve freedom of expression, privacy, and security in the digital environment.

  • $144,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    TORONTO, CANADA — The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Citizen Lab works to identify and reduce threats in cyberspace to civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and journalists. Citizen Lab will map current threats, journalistic practice, and the quality of currently available tools; it will work to identify pro bono cyber security support for civil society organizations, especially those working in vulnerable countries.

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    TORONTO, CANADA — The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, focusing on the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights. Through a mix of research, capacity building, and policy engagement, the Lab aims to analyze, understand, and impact the exercise of political power in and through information and communication technologies. The organization’s work is helping to define and advance new approaches for human rights research in the digital age. Grant money will support the creation of an endowment for Citizen Lab and advance its communication and outreach efforts.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    TORONTO, CANADA — The grant to Citizen Lab will support its efforts to deepen evidence-based, policy-relevant research about the state of an open Internet; map and address policy issues related to censorship, surveillance, and computer attack network tools; and advance knowledge about the way in which targeted digital threats are impacting civil society organizations.

  • $350,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Technology

    TORONTO, CANADA — To support the Citizen Lab (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs $2,644,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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