Digital Integrity Fellowship

Фонд открытых технологий (Open Technology Fund (OTF)) принимает заявки на участие в стипендиальной программе (Digital Integrity (DIFP)).

Стипендиаты будут работать с организациями, группами или сетью организаций, чья работа связана с защитой прав человека и вопросами нарушений свободы слова в интернете. Предполагается, что участники будут проходить программу в странах или регионах, с которыми связаны предложенные ими проекты.

Программа предлагает стипендию 5 000 долларов в месяц на срок до 12 месяцев, а также стипендию на организационные расходы.

Дедлайн – 15 июля.

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The Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) provides fixed monthly stipends to individuals capable of addressing short-term and long-term threats to freedom of expression online. Fellows provide organizations and communities most affected by internet freedom violations (like journalists, human rights defenders, NGOs, activists, bloggers, and others) support for their digital security needs. Simultaneously, Fellows will educate the broader internet freedom field about the threats and vulnerabilities experienced, to ensure that emerging and existing technologies best meet the needs of at-risk communities.

Likely candidates

Typically, DIFP fellows have experience working within digital security teams with a holistic security mindset who are willing to work with diverse sets of at-risk individuals, and have contributed to digital security technology projects to make them more suitable for users or raised awareness about digital security needs for at-risk communities. Generally, a fellow’s work may be to conduct the initial digital security assessments, understand and document the organization’s adversary as well as the organization’s culture, vision, and what they need to succeed in the face of their digital threats.

Criteria and the application process

Before applying, ideal fellowship candidates should initiative a strategic conversation with the organization(s) and network(s) that they intend to assist and work with for their fellowship duration. Further, fellowship candidates should ensure:

  • They and the organization(s) agree they are a good match
  • Their capabilities align with the organization’s overall digital security needs and interest and have the means of achieving them,
  • The organization’s leadership believes in the organizational change expected to occur.
  • These conversations should also identify areas of particular concern for the organizations, including but not limited to: the types of threats they face to their work by adversaries, previous digital security issues experienced, anticipated escalations in threats to their work, etc.
  • The fellowship candidate will work with the organizations’ leadership and OTF to share concrete feedback to the internet freedom community about specific usage of digital security / internet freedom technologies.

Potential areas of focus

  • Enhancing the capacity of locally-based digital security professionals as a partner to increase their knowledge and capacity;
  • Implementing, maintaining, and scaling up the day-to-day digital security best-practices from within that enable an organization’s digital assets to defend against common “threats-of-the-day”;
  • Responding to digital emergencies and targeted attacks utilizing incident response best-practices to inform further protection measures;
  • Explore and create solutions for common digital safety challenges faced by front-line organizations;
  • Piloting of community-benefiting products that improve implementation of digital safety improvements; and/or,
  • Conducting highly-specialized digital forensics such as identifying and documenting malware and other vulnerabilities used in targeted attacks against human rights defenders.

Eligibility

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 perform the relevant digital security tasks; Individuals who demonstrate a desire to grow their knowledge through mentorship and cross-discipline collaboration; and, Individuals who demonstrate a commitment to advance internet freedom globally.

All payments will be made in U.S. dollars (USD) and will comply with local laws, regulations and ethics rules. Each applicant is responsible for the tax consequences of any support they receive, as determined by the laws of their country.

Full notice: https://www.opentech.fund/funds/digital-integrity-fellowship/

Application page: https://apply.opentech.fund/difp/


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