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Global Network Initiative (GNI) Emerging Voices Fellowship Program

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 14, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 29, 2020
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Global Network Initiative (GNI) logo

The Sustaining Multistakeholder Networks for Internet Freedom (SuNI) project aims to protect and advance online freedom of expression and privacy by establishing and enhancing connections between civil society and ICT companies.

The goal is to improve civil society’s ability to advocate directly with large technology companies in order to improve those companies’ policies, as well as to foster greater coordination and collaboration between civil society and ICT companies on shared priorities.

The project is an extension of a previous iteration of the project, Enhancing Multistakeholder Collaboration on Internet Freedom, which was previously conducted in coordination with Internews.

In addition to the mentioned required qualifications, applicants with experience in one or more of GNI’s four policy priorities, should strongly consider applying, these are:
> Network disruptions
> Intermediary liability
> Surveillance
> Jurisdictional assertions and limits.

Utilize This Offer

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is accepting applications for the next one-year GNI Emerging Voices Fellowship Program.

The fellowship program seeks to further online freedom of expression and privacy around the world by facilitating collaboration and conversation among diverse stakeholders.

GNI welcomes applications from established organizations as well as newcomers to the digital rights space.
To be considered, applicants should meet the following criteria:
1) Be based in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, or sub-Saharan Africa;
2) Demonstrated experience or interest and aptitude for working on freedom of expression and privacy issues in the ICT sector;
3) Ability to attend three in-person meetings (health and travel restrictions permitting) and one remote (call-in) event, as well as preparation calls;
4) Willingness to designate one member of the applying organization to be the main point of contact for this fellowship.

Three one-year fellowship grants of $10,000 USD each will be awarded to organizations based in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Fellowships include funding to participate in four GNI Board meetings and networking events and engage in GNI activities, including but not limited to: policy and learning calls on digital rights issues, development of policy analysis papers, and attendance at regional multistakeholder meetings.

Submit your application by 5pm ET / 10pm UTC on December 30, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 07
Jan 07

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Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Thanks, Ana.