The Citizen Lab is seeking a research assistant to support their project on the gender dimensions of digital transnational repression. Their groundbreaking report, “Psychological and Emotional War: Digital Transnational Repression in Canada,” highlighted the methods authoritarian states use to intimidate their nationals abroad and undermine freedom of expression.
Digital transnational repression encompasses online surveillance, intimidation, and coercion, where individuals and their families may be targeted to silence political or social activities. The psychological impacts of this coercion are chilling, leading to paranoia and isolation.
The Lab is looking for a research assistant who is a current graduate student, preferably in political science or a related field, with experience in academic research, analysis, writing, and presentation. The responsibilities include data collection, survey distribution, interviews, transcription, and assisting in data analysis and report writing.
The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Their research combines approaches from political science, law, computer science, and area studies to investigate digital espionage, internet filtering, privacy and security, and transparency and accountability mechanisms.
The appointment is a six-month hourly contract with a maximum of 13 hours per week, with compensation of $28.57 per hour. The University is committed to accessibility and provides accommodations for applicants under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
– “Psychological and Emotional War: Digital Transnational Repression in Canada”
– The Citizen Lab