ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights Fellowship 2022-2023

The ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights Fellowship 2022-2023 is now accepting applications.

As part of the individual fellows cohort, ARTICLE 19’s Team Digital is searching for public interest advocates to join the Internet of Rights (IoR) Fellowship.

This fellowship will last for 12 months, starting in April 2022.

The IoR Fellowship has the following broad objectives:

In essential Internet technological standards and policy bodies, to defend and promote freedom of speech, freedom of association, privacy, and other human rights.

To close the gap in these organizations’ understanding of human rights and their relation to Internet infrastructure.

To encourage civil society advocates to participate in Internet technical standards and policy organizations on a regular and effective basis.

To encourage and advocate the inclusion of marginalized persons and groups in these organizations’ decision-making processes.

Fellowship Tracks

The following tracks are up for proposals this year at A19:

Censorship: This track focuses on internet infrastructure technological standards and regulations that increase censorship resistance and communications security.

The IoR fellow(s) may participate in technical discussions about routing protocols, which determine how data moves from source to destination within and across IP-enabled networks, contribute to networking protocols to address censorship vulnerabilities, or work with internet infrastructure providers like internet registries to address content moderation issues at the DNS level.

Fellows will take part in internet governance forums including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (W3C).

Connectivity: This route focuses on ensuring that everyone, especially local communities that rely on last-mile networking technology and infrastructure, has a choice in how they connect to the internet.

In multilateral forums, the IoR fellow(s) may advocate for technical and policy frameworks that support alternative internet operators such as community or non-profit services, improve wireless networking standards to enable community networks, or safeguard human rights considerations in mobile network technical specifications. Fellows will take part in internet governance forums including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and the International Telecommunication Union Development Sector (ITU-D).

Datafication: This track emphasizes human rights advocacy in discussions about data-driven infrastructure technologies such as face recognition, emotion detection, and other biometric-based systems, as well as the internet of things (IoT) and smart cities.

The IoR fellow(s) may conduct research and produce case studies on data-driven infrastructure deployments in specific global south settings, oppose the large-scale deployment of biometric recognition systems, or participate in standard-setting related to biometric technologies and smart cities.

IEEE, ISO, ITU Technical Sector (ITU-T), and oneM2M Fellows will engage in technical standards communities.

Requirements for the ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights Fellowship

Applicants from the global south, women and those who identify as members of underrepresented groups in Internet governance are urged to apply in particular.

They’re seeking the following attributes in potential partners:

  • Technical know-how. It is not required to have expertise and experience in computer networking and protocols, systems design, or architecture. They’re seeking somebody who can understand and explain complicated or difficult topics in technical regulations or standards to a larger audience.
  • Some past experience engaging in Internet governance organizations, as well as a thorough understanding of Internet governance procedures and, when feasible, particular standards or protocols relevant to the applicant’s work plan proposal.
  • Strong English research, writing, and speaking abilities. The whole event will be done in English.
  • A strong commitment to human rights and Internet freedom protection and promotion.

How to Apply for the ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights Fellowship

By Wednesday, March 2nd, send the following documents to [email protected] as a single.zip file:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (CV)
  • A declaration of interest that includes the following information:
  • How do you plan to achieve the Fellowship’s objectives?
  • A 12-month work plan that includes your major deliverables and results. (If chosen, you will have the option to amend this work plan; it is just required at this time to show your understanding of the track you are applying for, internet governance, and human rights.)
  • In keeping with the fellowship’s aims and your chosen track, how do you anticipate these deliverables/outputs to have an impact?
  • How do you think your initiative will enable you to continue to participate in Internet governance once the Fellowship ends?
  • Two references’ contact information

Deadline for application: March 2, 2022

Visit ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights Fellowship for more information.

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