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Ronald J.

Ronald J. Deibert is a professor of political science and director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. His most recent book, Reset, was shortlisted for the 2020 Donner Prize. Deibert is also the author of Black Code, as well as numerous chapters, articles, and reports on internet censorship, surveillance, and cybersecurity. He lives in Toronto.

Award History

2021 Winner

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society

Jury Citation

“Reset is a sweeping, authoritative journey into the threats of the internet for personal and national security in Canada. Ronald J. Deibert combines leading-edge research and gripping stories to expose the dangerous, even deadly, forces lurking online. With trailblazing originality, he explains why Canadians are at risk, and why it’s time to reset the internet to thwart cybercriminals, safeguard political activists, rein in environmental costs, and restrain the mayhem of social media. Reset sounds a warning siren not only for Canada, but for the world.”

— 2021 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Peter Dauvergne, Adrian Harewood, and Heather Scoffield)