Article 19 Call for Applications Internet of Rights Fellowship
Article 19 Call for Applications Internet of Rights Fellowship
Since 2014, ARTICLE 19 (A19) has been a pioneer in introducing and strengthening human rights
considerations in the design, development, and deployment of Internet infrastructure technologies by participating in global Internet governance bodies where technical standards and policy development happens.
In doing so, A19 has carved out pathways for civil society engagement in these bodies; however, there remains the need for greater, more diverse, and more sustainable civil society participation. In its seventh year, the IoR Fellowship will equip and support a diverse community of advocates working on behalf of civil society with the tools they need to carry out long-term engagement to
set the technical policies and standards that define the global Internet.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
To support sustained and effective participation of civil society advocates in Internet technical standards and policy bodies.
To support and champion the consideration of underrepresented people and communities in
decision-making processes within these bodies.
The Fellowship runs for 12 months, beginning on April 1, 2023. During this year, each fellow will work closely with their mentor—a designated member of A19’s Team Digital. All fellows follow one of three tracks: Censorship, Connectivity, or Datafication.
Upon selection, fellows work with their A19 mentor to develop a workplan and schedule. The Fellowship
is designed to be flexible and dynamic to account for each fellow’s skills, interests, and experience. In line with the workplan, mentors will provide assistance such as advocacy coordination, support during meetings, ad hoc training, and in-depth research collaboration. Mentors will also facilitate fellows’ inclusion in global and regional networks of experts and activists working on digital rights and Internet
governance issues, including current and former fellows.
This aspect of the programme is intended to further develop fellows’ capacities and knowledge in certain fields of Internet infrastructure and human rights. The Fellowship will cover any costs associated with attending these meetings and/or conferences.
Fellows are expected to commit to an average of eight hours per week engaging in forum-specific
discussions, participating in working groups, completing projects and producing monthly progress reports.
In return, fellows will receive a monthly honorarium of USD 300 for the duration of their fellowship. In addition, fellows may request an additional fixed “technology allowance” to cover IT costs to improve fellows’ remote meeting participation, on an as-needed basis.
2023-2024 Fellowship Tracks
This year, A19 is soliciting applications for the following tracks:
Censorship: This track focuses on participation in the development of technical standards and policies that improve resilience to censorship and communications security. IoR fellow(s) may engage in technical discussions related to routing protocols that determine how data moves from source to destination within and across IP-enabled networks, contribute to networking protocols to address vulnerabilities exploited by censors, or work with internet infrastructure providers such as internet registries to address content moderation issues at the DNS level. Fellows may participate in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), or the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).
Connectivity: This track focuses on ensuring all people have choices in how they connect to the
internet, particularly local communities dependent on last-mile networking technologies and
infrastructure. IoR fellow(s) may advocate for spectrum management standards and policy
frameworks that support small, non-profit, and alternative service providers or improve wireless
networking standards to better enable community network provision. Fellows
may participate in
the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802 working groups or the
International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).
Datafication: This track focuses on advocating for human rights in discussions of data-driven
infrastructure technologies such as facial recognition, emotion recognition, and other
biometric-based systems and the internet of things (IoT). IoR fellow(s) may engage in groups working on the standardisation of specific biometric or “AI” technologies or participate in the development of conformity assessments for the deployment of smart cities infrastructures.
Fellows may participate in technical standards developing organisations such as the Institute for
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Organization for Standardization
and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC), or the European Committee for
Standardization and European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CEN/CENELEC).
We also welcome applicants to suggest other standards developing organisations at the global or regional level as part of their work plan that fit within the general goals of one of the three tracks listed above.
We are looking for the following qualities:
Technical competence. While this may include knowledge of and experience in computer Networking and protocols, systems design, and architecture, it is recommended but not necessary. We 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 and, where possible, the specific standards or
protocols that are relevant to the applicant’s workplan proposal.
Examples of broad, intersectional experience include: taking part in public policy consultations on local and/or regional levels regarding universal connectivity and Internet access; engaging in academic research on internet infrastructure and governance as part of undergraduate or graduate studies; engaging in
research related projects with country-code top level domains (ccTLDs) or partaking in the ICANN
fellowship or NextGen@ICANN Program.
Strong research, writing, and speaking skills in English. The program will be conducted
entirely in English and will require fellows to attend highly technical, fast-paced meetings where
English is the working language.
A clear commitment to protecting and promoting human rights and Internet freedom.
By the end of the programme, we 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
Past Projects From the Fellowship Include:
aking an active role in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Global
Initiative and contributing to the development of the IEEE’s Ethically Aligned Design.
Working on censorship resistance and privacy enhancements through networking protocols at the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Participating in expert groups on DNS abuse to address content moderation at the DNS level at
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Scoping case studies of deployed community networks and working with Member States to
support the role of community network operators at the International Telecommunication Union
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; Article 19 Call for Applications Internet of Rights Fellowship
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