Applications are open for the Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program 2021. 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 a nine-month (September – May) non-residential leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom.
The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders is a unique cohort of global advocates from civic organizations, media, and the private sector who are passionate about protecting and promoting an open internet. The program aims to
- Empower emerging open internet advocates to advance internet policy discussions and organize for change in their country and/or region.
- Strengthen the Open Internet for Democracy Community by connecting emerging open internet advocates with their global peers.
- The selected applicants will be a part of a larger international network where they can learn from peers and share their work.
- Open Internet Leaders will receive an honorarium of $1000 USD for completing their required activities, as well as travel and per diem covered for at least one international trip
- Note: Travel opportunities may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If for any reason travel is not possible, CIPE, NDI, and CIMA, will explore ways for the Open Internet Leaders to participate in international fora through virtual conferencing platforms.
The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program is looking for applicants who pinpoint a particular digital rights issue occurring in their country or region that, if left unaddressed, poses a direct threat to democracy. They will then develop an advocacy/research project to raise awareness about the issue. It may be an emerging issue that few have looked at before, or it may be an existing one, but which the applicant has a novel approach to tackling. In particular, we will be looking for applicants who are interested in building connections with other stakeholders to address the problem. Furthermore, a plan as to how to highlight the issue at regional and global forums is expected as a key element of this program is to help connect and network open internet advocates at the regional and global levels to champion positive change.
- Demonstrated interest or experience working on open internet issues, with preference given to those focused on media, economic inclusion/digital economy/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.
- Ability to travel to one international conference (location TBD; costs covered; In-person participation in such events is contingent on health considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- Access to reliable internet connection that will enable participation in video or virtual workshops or conferences.
Ability to actively participate in regular check-in calls with program organizers and in virtual orientation sessions.
Applicants must live and work in an OECD-DAC eligible country.
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