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Open Technology Fund’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) 2018

Application Deadline- March 25, 2018

The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration on topics related to repressive internet censorship and surveillance. The application window is open until March 25, 2018.

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.

Fellowship Information

  • Three, six, nine or twelve month fellowships available
  • Usually offered to postdoctoral, doctoral students, and experienced researchers with demonstrated ability and expertise
  • Monthly stipend of $4,200 USD
  • Travel stipend of $1,250 to $5,000 USD depending on the fellowship length
Likely candidates

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.

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
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
  • Projects better suited for the Digital Integrity Fellowship Program
Important considerations
  • Projects should exhibit originality, substance, precision, and relevance to the mission of promoting freedoms of expression, assembly, and association online. Objectives should be ambitious, yet measurable and achievable with activities and milestones listed monthly. The overall project goals should extend beyond traditional audiences.
  • For the duration of fellowships, the fellow will be expected to work full time with their host organization.
  • Before completing a submission, we strongly encourage you to review our Terms of Service.
  • Please pose any questions in this public spreadsheet and they will be answered in a prompt fashion. If your question is not appropriate for a public forum, please email icfp@opentechfund.org.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP)

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