Ronald J. Deibert is professor of political science and director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. His research interests include global security, human rights and the geopolitics of cyberspace and information controls.
He has published numerous articles, chapters and books on issues related to technology, media and world politics, including co-authoring the Tracking Ghostnet report, which documents an alleged cyberespionage network affecting over 1,200 computers in more than 103 countries. He is also co-editor of three major volumes with MIT Press: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Internet Filtering (2008), Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (2010) and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace (2011). He is the author of Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997) and Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace (McClelland & Stewart/ Random House, 2013).
Ronald is co-founder and principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and the Information Warfare Monitor, and he presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research and Astropolitics. He is a consultant and adviser to governments, international organizations and civil society/non-governmental organizations on issues relating to cyber security, cybercrime, online free expression and access to information. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, and has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of British Columbia.