ARTICLE 19’s Team Digital is looking for one to two new fellows to join the 2021-2022 cohort of the Internet of Rights (IoR) Fellowship. This is a 12-month fellowship, beginning in April 2021.
About the IoR Fellowship
The general goals of the IoR Fellowship are:
- To protect and promote freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, and other human rights in key Internet technical standards and policy bodies.
- To bridge the knowledge gap in these bodies regarding human rights and their relevance to Internet infrastructure.
- To cultivate sustained and effective participation of civil society advocates in Internet technical standards and policy bodies.
- To increase the diversity of representation in these bodies.
During this year, fellows work closely with their mentor—a designated member of A19’s Team Digital. All fellows follow one of four tracks:
- Privacy and Censorship,
- Business and Human Rights,
- and Connectivity.
Applicants from the global south, women, and other individuals that identify as part of underrepresented groups in Internet governance are especially encouraged to apply.
They are looking for the following qualities in our fellows:
- Technical competence. While this may include knowledge of and experience in computer networking and protocols, systems design, and architecture, it is not necessary. They are looking for candidates who are capable of digesting complex or difficult concepts in technical policies or standards and explaining them to a wider audience
- Some prior experience of participating in Internet governance bodies, and/or in-depth knowledge of the Internet governance processes that are relevant to the applicant’s workplan proposal.
- Strong research, writing, and speaking skills in English. The program will be conducted entirely in English.
- A clear commitment to protecting and promoting human rights and Internet freedom.
Although they expect that fellows have some working knowledge of current technical and policy discussions happening across the internet governance landscape prior to starting their fellowship, they encourage applications from people at all professional levels, especially including early career professionals. They welcome applicants who are familiar with global internet technical standards and policy processes but do not yet have opportunities to sustain long-term engagement in them.
By the end of the programme, they expect that fellows will be well-equipped to continue their engagement in Internet technical standards and policy bodies following the conclusion of their fellowship. Through their projects, fellows will gain a deeper understanding of Internet governance and Internet infrastructure, and how to effectively explain infrastructure technologies and their relevance to human rights to a wider audience.
How to Apply?
To apply, please submit the following materials as a single .zip file to email@example.com by Wednesday 3 March 2021:
- Curriculum vitae (CV).
- A statement of interest, indicating the following:
- How you intend to meet the goals of the Fellowship.
- A proposed 12-month workplan, including your key deliverables/outputs. (If you are selected, you will have the opportunity to revise this workplan; it is only requested at this stage to demonstrate your knowledge of the track you are applying for, internet governance, and human rights.)
- How you expect that these deliverables/outputs will create impact, in line with the goals of the fellowship and your selected track.
- How you expect that your project will help you sustain your participation in Internet governance beyond the life of the Fellowship.
- Contact information for two references.
Successful applicants will be invited to interview with A19 staff in March.
March 3, 2021
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