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Hi, I'm John Scott-Railton

... and I research spyware, phishing, & disinformation.

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My work

I research spyware, phishing & disinformation as a Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab.  

My focus is attacks targeting people at high risk because of who they are or what they do.

I also work on connectivity in conflicts.

Watch a talk at the CCC (w/brilliant colleague Bill Marczak), check out my publications, or catch my recent congressional testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Want personalized advice on how to be safer online? Get a personal digital security plan at the Security Planner, now published by Consumer Reports for which I was the founding editor at Citizen Lab.

In the past I’ve done work supporting the free and secure flow of information during conflicts. The Voices Projects, which helped bypass internet shutdowns in Egypt and Libya, are an example. I’m a past fellow at Google Ideas / Jigsaw at Alphabet.

Also, I sometimes fly robot cameras on kites & other platforms.