Citizen Lab Wins Press Freedom Award for Defense of Internet

The Citizen Lab is the recipient of this year’s press freedom award of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF), The 13th annual Press Freedom Award goes to a Canadian person or group who has defended or advanced the cause of freedom of expression. The Citizen Lab team, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, was selected for its ongoing dedication to free expression online through work that exposes cases of Internet censorship and espionage around the world.

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Citizen Lab Recipient of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 2010 Vox Libera Award

The Citizen Lab is proud and humbled by the announcement that we are the recipient of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 2010 Vox Libera Award. The announcement stated “The Citizen Lab was selected for its dedication to free expression and access to information online. World leaders in the field of “hacktivism,” the Citizen Lab’s members focus their research on documenting cases of internet espionage and censorship around the world, reinforcing the idea that the Internet should remain a safe, public domain”.

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Psiphon wins Index on Censorship Economist New Media Award

We were very pleased to hear that Psiphon was the recipient of the Economist New Media Award at the Index on Censorship 2009 Free Expression Award Ceremony in London yesterday.

Details here. Although we are proud to win the award, we feel that this award belongs to the others on the shortlist as well. In particular, it is noteworthy that nominee Hoder is still imprisoned in Iran for merely expressing his opinions.

Netxplorateur Award for Psiphon at French Senate

Yesterday we at the psiphon project were delighted to be given the Grand Prix at the Netxplorateur Forum in the Senate of France.

From their website:
La Commission du Forum Netxplorateur a décerné son Grand Prix 2008 au professeur Ron Deibert, directeur du Citizen Lab à l’université de Toronto, pour Psiphon. Ce logiciel visant à contourner la censure sur Internet a été choisi parmi 100 initiatives Web et numériques du monde entier.

“Le but de Psiphon est d’honorer la promesse originale d’Internet comme un lieu de libre expression et d’accès universel aux informations,” commenta le Professeur Deibert, “Nous sommes honorés de recevoir une distinction aussi prestigieuse.

La censure du Net est devenu un problème mondial majeur : des dizaines de gouvernements bloquent l’accès aux sites d’information, des droits de l’homme et d’opposition politique, ainsi qu’aux nouvelles médias d’expression comme les blogs et les vidéos en streaming.”

Congratulations to the entire psiphon team!

Psiphon one of "Six Ideas that Will Change the World"

Published in Esquire Magazine

Esquire has listed psiphon as one of the best and brightest ideas of 2007, and included it among the “Six Ideas That Will Change the World.” Read about it here. Thanks to Mike, Anton, Eugene, Nart and all the Citizen Labbers who have worked on the psiphon project over the years.