Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program 2020

Applications are open for the Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program 2020. This is a ten-month non-resident leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom. The deadline is on 30 June 2020.

The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program is a collaboration between the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA). The program will take place from September 2020 – June 2021.

Open Internet for Democracy Leaders are a unique cohort of global advocates from civic organizations, media, and the private sector who are passionate about protecting and promoting an open internet. This year’s theme is “Strengthening democratic digital governance: raising local voices for digital rights”. The program aims to empower emerging open internet advocates to advance internet policy discussions and to strengthen the Open Internet for Democracy Community. This year, the program will be 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 and civic participation. Participants will receive an honorarium of $1000 USD for completing their required activities, as well as travel and per diem covered for international trips.

The deadline is on 30 June 2020.


Main criteria

  • Demonstrated interest or experience working on open internet issues, with preference given to those focused on media, private sector/entrepreneurship or civic/political participation
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: policy, activism, research, or technical expertise
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Preference given to individuals from non-OECD countries

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