Democracy has always required the free flow of ideas. In the modern age, this means a free, open internet where all citizens can freely voice their opinions, share, and debate. Access to an open internet for all is necessary to strengthen democratic engagement and governance, enable equal participation in the market economy, and promote social accountability.
The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program – a collaboration between the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) – is an eight-month non-resident leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom.
Open Internet for Democracy Leaders are a unique cohort of global advocates from civic organizations, media, and the private sector who are passionate about protecting and promoting an open internet.
2019-2020 Theme: “Network Sovereignty” and the Threat to an Open Internet
- Demonstrated interest or experience working on open internet issues, with preference given to those focused on media, private sector/entrepreneurship or civic/political participation
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: policy, activism, research, or technical expertise
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision in collaboration with colleagues across different time zones
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Strong social media skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Strong presentation skills
- Must be able to travel to one international conference and one event/forum related to open internet or internet freedom in your home region
- Preference given to individuals from non-OECD countries
8 Months (June 2019 – January 2020)