INFORMATION CONTROLS FELLOWSHIP-Open Technology Fund 2019.
The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) supports examination into how governments in countries, regions, or areas of OTF’s core focus are restricting the free flow of information, cutting access to the open internet, and implementing censorship mechanisms, thereby threatening the ability of global citizens to exercise basic human rights and democracy; work focused on mitigation of such threats is also supported.
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Where do fellows work?
When applying, applicants can specify any host organization of their choosing. Regardless of whether it is a previous or new host organization, justification needs to be provided in the application. Please note that non-academic host organizations are welcome, as are those based outside the United States.
Things to avoid
A focus on countries with minimal information controls.
Working with a host organization you are already affiliated with.
Testing of end-user connections that violate established ethical principles.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
Potential areas of focus
Development and refinement of tools and techniques to continuously monitor internet interference on a global scale
Investigation of information controls, security, and privacy in popular applications such as search engines, social media platforms, and instant messaging clients.
Testing creative methods of censorship circumvention.
Examination of the impact of internet censorship and use of circumvention tools.
Experimental techniques to limit pro-government manipulation of online discussions.
Analysis of targeted threats against civil society organizations, including internet filtering, denial of service attacks, and targeted malware.
Other novel ideas and approaches relating to the study of global and regional information controls.
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ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.
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Individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors, with the exception that OTF is not able to support applicants within countries that the United States has trade restrictions or export sanctions as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Individuals who demonstrate skill and ability to assist in efforts to overcome information controls.
Individuals who demonstrate a desire to grow their knowledge and skills through a collaborative, cross-discipline approach.
Individuals who demonstrate a commitment to reach audiences outside the research community.
Typically, ICFP fellows have experience in fields such as computer science, engineering, information security research, software development, social sciences, law, and data visualization, among others.
Information controls is a cross-disciplinary field, so applications are open to people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and can include students and junior to mid-career practitioners.
To get a better sense of the ICFP community, you can read about fellows from round one, round two, round three, round four and round five.
Travel stipend of $1,250 to $5,000 USD depending on the fellowship length.
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First Step: Click on Apply now button, below.
Second Step: Answer some questions about you.
Third Step: Answer some questions about your project. (What is your project idea? How would you do it?Why are you the right person for this project?)
Fourth Step: Define the Host organization that you would like to be fellow on it.
Fifth Step: Answer some more questions (What will be the outcome(s) of your research? How will the results of your research be accessible to a non-technical audience? Why is the organization chosen well suited to host your project?)
Sixth Step: Attach your CV and Choose your Descriptors.
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