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North America

American Association of People with Disabilities

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.aapd.com/

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

Fellowship focus areas

The policy fellow will assist AAPD staff to prepare and host the organization’s monthly meeting ofthe Technology Forum. The Forum is a meeting of national disability organizations and industry representatives that work to advance accessibility of electronic information technology in the use of devices, products and applications. The Forum also involves a robust dialogue on how private sector employers can enhance efforts to recruit, hiring and retain individuals with disabilities as part of the labor force. Working with members ofthe AAPD policy staff, the fellow will solicit infomation specific accessibility issues identified by the Forum participants; research the issues and draft background material to support a discussion ofthe each ofthe specific issue identified. The fellow may be asked to present on their findings and lead a discussion of how the issue might improve accessibility ofthe technology for users that have a disability. In conjunction with AAPD staff and members of the forum, the Fellow may be asked to research and analyze current efforts bythe federal and state governments to employ qualified individuals with disability. They will also draft a research paper on the efforts of federal contractors to increase the number of employees With disabilities that they hire. This effort may be coordinated with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliances.

American Enterprise Institute

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

https://www.aei.org

The American Enterprise Institute is a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise. AEI pursues these unchanging ideals through independent thinking, open debate, reasoned argument, facts and the highest standards of research and exposition. Without regard for politics or prevailing fashion, we dedicate our work to a more prosperous, safer and more democratic nation and world.

AEI is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare. AEI’s purpose is to serve leaders and the public through research and education on the most important issues of the day. AEI research is conducted through seven primary research divisions: Economics, Foreign and Defense Policy, Politics and Public Opinion, Education, Health, Energy and the Environment and Society and Culture.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work on CICT’s latest undertaking, a project to create an overarching strategy on cybersecurity and Internet governance for the United States. The Fellow will work alongside senior scholars and AEI staff, providing research assistance and writing on issues including Internet freedom, Internet governance, digital free trade, intellectual property, critical infrastructure, network integrity, cyberwarfare, and more. The Fellow will have access to AEI’s research and administrative resources.

American Library Association

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.ala.org/

The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit educational organization of about 58,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society.

The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public by conducting research & analysis, educating the ALA community, advocating ALA’s information policy interests, and engaging in strategic outlook.

Fellowship focus areas

OITP is organized into three substantive programs, to which the Google Policy Fellow would make contributions: The fellow will not be supervised by an attorney.

Center for Data Innovation

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

www.datainnovation.org

From creating a modern, evidence-based health care system to building sustainable, energy-efficient cities, data is increasingly a critical component in many initiatives to make the world a better place. In the coming years, the collection, analysis, and use of massive amounts of data will have the potential to generate enormous social and economic benefits, but successfully capitalizing on these opportunities will require public policies designed to allow data-driven innovation to flourish.

The Center for Data Innovation is the leading think tank studying the intersection of data, technology, and public policy. Based in Washington, DC, the Center formulates and promotes pragmatic public policies designed to maximize the benefits of data-driven innovation in the public and private sectors. It educates policymakers and the public about the opportunities and challenges associated with data, as well as technology trends such as predictive analytics, open data, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. The Center is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute proudly affiliated with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The Center also sponsors the annual Data Innovation Day.

Fellowship focus areas

The Center for Data Innovation is the leading think tank studying how data-driven innovation can help advance social and economic progress. The Center focuses on issues such as data analytics, open data, and the Internet of Things. The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with the Center’s staff to research and draft reports, op-eds, and blogs and help organize events.

Center for Democracy and Technology

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

https://www.cdt.org/

The Center for Democracy & Technology is a non-profit public interest organization working to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. As a civil liberties group with expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT works to enhance free expression and privacy in communications technologies by finding practical and innovative solutions to public policy challenges while protecting civil liberties. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with the CDT attorneys, technologists, and policy experts on one or more issues related to technology and civil liberties, according to the Fellow's interest and experience. Possible areas of focus include: The Google Policy Fellow will be supervised by an attorney, and law students are encouraged to apply.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fellowship location: San Francisco, CA, USA

https://www.eff.org/

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a nonprofit group of lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and activists working to protect freedom of expression, civil liberties, digital consumer rights and innovation in the online world. Founded in 1990, EFF brings and defends lawsuits, engages in online advocacy campaigns, and works to educate U.S. and international policymakers, the media, and citizens.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with mentors in the EFF international team. We are looking for someone who shares our passion for the free and open Internet, digital civil liberties, privacy, and consumer rights; has strong research skills; can conduct policy analysis; and has demonstrated the ability to communicate with different types of audiences.

Engine

Fellowship location: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Engine supports the growth of technology entrepreneurship through economic research, policy analysis, and advocacy on local and national issues.

Fellowship focus areas

Engine promotes entrepreneurship and startup activity through policy analysis, economic research, and advocacy. Working under the guidance of Engine's Policy Director, the Google Policy Fellow will get to weigh in on Engine’s positions on issues important to the tech community. Engine focuses on issues including telecommunications, intellectual property, access to talent, access to capital, and other regulatory issues. The Fellow will have the opportunity to help shape Engine’s advocacy strategy through persuasive writing, research, and legislative outreach. The fellow will be based in Engine's San Francisco office and report to Engine's Policy Director, Evan Engstrom.

Future of Music Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.futureofmusic.org/

Future of Music Coalition is a not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. In working to educate the media, policymakers and the public about music and technology issues, FMC brings together diverse voices to address the challenges faced by musicians and generate creative solutions. FMC also identifies and promotes innovative business models that will help musicians and citizens to benefit from new technologies.Our policy agenda focuses on three broad themes, all of which have a direct impact on the ability of artists to make a living in the digital economy:

Fellowship focus areas

FMC views policy issues through the frame of research, education and advocacy. The public policy fellow will work with FMC staff to identify issues of particular interest to the fellow, then develop and implement a strategy focusing on: A fellow at FMC will have access to the General Counsel and many attorneys in the field who work with the FMC, but s/he will be supervised by FMC staff, who are not attorneys.

Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/privacy-technology/

The Center on Privacy & Technology is a think tank that aims to bridge the gap between the policy and academic worlds on privacy. It also trains Georgetown Law students to be leaders in privacy practice, policymaking and advocacy. The Center will study: proposals to reform foreign intelligence collection and cybersecurity laws, the privacy issues presented by the technologies that digitize our “offline” selves, including health apps, “wearables,” and biometric identification techniques like facial recognition, and the implications of Big Data techniques on civil rights and vulnerable communities.

Fellowship focus areas

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law is a think tank that aims to bridge the​ ​gap between the policy and academic worlds on privacy. Launched in August 2014, the Center is​ ​studying:​ the implications of Big Data for civil rights and vulnerable communities​,​ ​p​roposals to reform foreign intelligence collection and cybersecurity laws​, t​he privacy issues presented by the Internet of Things, including health apps,​ ​“wearables,” and biometric identification techniques like facial recognition.

Policy Fellows for the Center will focus their work on the above areas. They will conduct​ ​academic research, help prepare reports for the Center, help prepare filings before regulatory​ ​agencies, participate in multi-stakeholder proceedings relating to facial recognition technology,​ ​and assist in any new initiatives the Center takes on. Fellows will be supervised by the Center’s​ ​Executive Director and will work with our Faculty Directors. This is an opportunity to get in on​ ​the ground level of one of the nation’s leading thought centers on privacy.

Global Network Initiative

http://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org/

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics, who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. Our growing network includes more than 40 participants from companies and organizations around the world. GNI provides resources for ICT companies to help them address difficult issues related to freedom of expression and privacy that they may face anywhere in the world. GNI has created a framework of principles and a confidential, collaborative approach to working through challenges of corporate responsibility in the ICT sector.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with the Executive Director and Policy & Communications Director at GNI, as well as with GNI’s network of participant organizations on issues related to freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. Areas of focus will be determined based upon the Fellow’s background and interests, but could include contributing to research and policy advocacy relating to communications surveillance and its impact on free expression and privacy rights. The Fellow will conduct factual and policy research on issues related to freedom of expression, privacy, and business and human rights, draft analysis to be incorporated into policy papers, reports, consultation responses, and other written pieces on business and human rights in the ICT sector, and assist the work of the GNI Board committee responsible for policy and learning. The Google Policy Fellow at GNI will not be supervised by an attorney, but will work closely with lawyers from GNI’s staff, Board of Directors, and member organizations.

Internet Education Foundation

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.neted.org/

The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the potential of a decentralized global Internet to promote democracy, communications, and commerce. Founded in 1997, IEF facilitates many educational projects including the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series and now the Congressional App Challenge.

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) is a diverse group of public interest, non-profit and industry groups working to educate Congress, the federal government and the public about important Internet-related policy issues. The ICAC holds regular briefings for Congressional offices on topical Internet policy questions including broadband, net neutrality, copyright and intellectual property, cyber security, Internet governance and everything in between.

The State of the Net Conference Series brings together thought leaders, public Internet groups, industry and government to discuss the most relevant policy issues facing lawmakers. The annual State of the Net Conference in Washington is DC’s largest technology policy conference.

Fellowship focus areas

Internet Keep Safe Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.ikeepsafe.org/

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), established in 2005, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit international alliance of more than 100 policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates. Through this network of support, iKeepSafe tracks global trends and issues surrounding digitally connected products and their affect on children and families. This research drives the continuous creation of positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

Fellowship focus areas

A Policy Fellow will have the unique opportunity to assist with timely initiatives addressing emergent global issues like student privacy and security in partnership with leading subject matter experts. The Policy Fellow will also assist with policy leader outreach including initiatives with attorneys general and congressional leaders. He or she will help with assignments relating to policy and PR, including: speaking points, media events, news releases, and monthly emails for policy makers and their staff to provide insight about online health and safety issues to be localized and distributed to constituents. In addition to working with policy leaders, the fellow will also assist with curriculum creation, content development and outreach, as well as researching and writing about various topics related to digital citizenship. The IKS Senior Director of Law and Policy, an attorney who has extensive experience in the legal and nonprofit sectors, will oversee the Policy Fellow.

Mercatus Center

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://mercatus.org/

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, the Mercatus Center advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper, and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.

Fellowship focus areas

The Mercatus Center is a university-based research center dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and public policy problems. The Google Policy Fellow will work with scholars in the Technology Policy Program, focusing on research areas such as permissionless innovation, intellectual property, data/privacy/security, telecommunications infrastructure, and emerging technologies. He or she will be asked to apply institutional, public choice, and Hayekian analysis to novel policy problems in research assistance as well as in original research overseen by a Mercatus scholar.

National Consumers League

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.nclnet.org/

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is the nation’s pioneering consumer organization. Our non-profit mission is to promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. NCL provides government, businesses and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on a wide range of issues, including child labor, safe food and drugs, health care, personal finance, workers’ rights, telecommunications and technology policy and consumer fraud protection.

Fellowship focus areas

The fellow will not be directly supervised by an attorney.

National Hispanic Media Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.nhmc.org/

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a non-profit, civil rights and media advocacy organization. NHMC’s mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues.

In Washington, D.C., NHMC staff is often called to testify before Congress and the federal agencies on various media and telecommunications policies that impact the American Latino community. NHMC submits public comments to the FCC record on a variety of policies.

NHMC's main priority is promoting responsible and inclusive media. Other key priorities include facilitating universal and affordable communications, creating empowered media and telecommunications consumers, and preserving privacy in the digital age.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with NHMC’s DC-Based Policy Director to advance NHMC’s agenda. The Fellow will work on complex legal and policy issues, and may be called upon to draft FCC pleadings, internal memoranda, press releases, blog posts, editorials and other documents as needed. The Fellow will be invited to attend meetings with decision makers at the FCC and in Congress, as well as meetings with media reform and civil rights activists. Please note that NHMC will only consider candidates enrolled in a law degree program. The Google Policy Fellow at NHMC will be supervised by an attorney.

Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.newamerica.net/

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow would work with the Open Technology Institute (oti.newamerica.net) on a wide range of communications policy issues. OTI formulates policy and regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open technologies and communications networks. Our current policy work includes issues related to: privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity; transparency reporting around online surveillance and censorship; export controls and sanctions; broadband competition, buildout, and alternative network models; and Federal Communications policy in the wake of the Network Neutrality decision. OTI is a diverse program with a staff composed of lawyers, technologists, journalists and experienced community activists. An ideal candidate for this fellowship would be a law student with a demonstrated interest in one or more of the subject areas outlined above, with a preference for those with software or network engineering experience. Statements of interest should clearly articulate how the fellow's skills, experience and interests would complement the work of the Open Technology Institute. We look forward to reviewing candidates and finding the best project match and mentor for the Google Policy Fellow. This position will be supervised by an attorney.

Public Knowledge

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.publicknowledge.org/

Public Knowledge is a public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. This Washington, D.C. based group works with a wide spectrum of stakeholders—libraries, educators, scientists, artists, musicians, journalists, consumers, software programmers, civic groups and enlightened businesses—to promote the core principles of openness, access, and the capacity to create and compete.

Fellowship focus areas

A Public Knowledge fellow will work with members of PK staff and focus on copyright and/or telecommunications-related issues. The fellow will promote policy that ensures that U.S. copyright law and regulation reflect the “cultural bargain” intended by the framers of the Constitution: providing an incentive to creators and innovators while benefiting the public through the free flow of information and ideas. In the area of telecommunications, fellows will work to ensure that producers and consumers of online content will be able to operate without fear of intermediaries discriminating against them. Work may include writing and developing policy papers, briefing memos for policy makers, multimedia presentations, blog post, regulatory comments, and hearing testimony. Fellows are expected to attend and brief PK staff on pertinent Congressional hearings, meetings with policy makers, public interest advocates, and industry coalitions. Public Knowledge also encourages fellows to create an independent research project based on their interests and academic and career goals.

R Street Institute

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.rstreet.org/

The R Street Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy research organization (“think tank”) that was founded June 1, 2012. Our mission is to support free markets; limited, effective government; and responsible environmental stewardship. We believe free markets work better than the alternatives, but that the legislative process doesn’t always allow for everything we might want. To that end, our motto is “Free markets. Real solutions.” In addition to our DC headquarters, we have offices in Florida, Texas, and Ohio, and we work extensively on both state and national policy issues.

Where we differ from other groups on the center-right is our ability to bridge a variety of different communities. We have good relationships with both conservative groups and liberal groups. This makes us uniquely capable of producing research and educational work that advance a pragmatic free-market approach to creating effective public policy solutions.

Fellowship focus areas

Our tech policy project is relatively new, and this is our first year offering a Google Fellowship. Our work here is primarily on intellectual property, disruptive technologies, and online privacy issues. Our Google Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute op-eds and blog posts, work on overseeing coalition efforts, and help manage digital and social media projects relating to tech policy. This work will supervised by non-attorneys.

Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic

Fellowship location: Ottawa, Canada

https://www.cippic.ca/

The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is based at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. CIPPIC's mission is to advocate in the public interest on issues that arise at the intersection of law and technology. CIPPIC accomplishes this by participating in a broad spectrum of public policy debates and proceedings, with the primary objective of ensuring public interest perspectives that would not otherwise be heard receive due consideration. CIPPIC additionally aims to provide legal assistance to under-represented organizations and individuals on matters arising from the use of new technologies, and to provide a high quality and rewarding clinical legal education experience to students of law while accomplishing these goals.

CIPPIC has become a leading voice in policy debates on Internet-related issues such as privacy, copyright law, network neutrality, free speech, online consumer protection, intermediary liability and other telecommunications-related challenges in Canada and internationally. Staff and students pursue these issues via legislative advocacy, cooperative policy-making, litigation, research, and public education.

Fellowship focus areas

Please note that CIPPIC will only be considering applications from students enrolled in a law program. The Google Policy Fellow at CIPPIC will be supervised by an attorney.

TechFreedom

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://techfreedom.org/

TechFreedom's mission is to promote the progress of technology that improves the human condition and expands individual capacity to choose by educating the public, policymakers, and thought leaders about the kinds of public policies that enable technology to flourish. We seek to advance public policy that makes experimentation, entrepreneurship and investment possible, and thus unleashes the ultimate resource: human ingenuity. On a wide variety of issues, TechFreedom will outline a path forward for policymakers towards a bright future where technology enhances freedom and freedom enhances technology. We have four specific goals:

Fellowship focus areas

Much of what TechFreedom does is quick-hits like op-eds and blog posts and we will look to the Google Policy Fellow to assist staff with research and writing. The Google Policy Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of technology-related policy issues, such as privacy, data security, FCC reform, Internet regulation, and free speech.

Technology Policy Institute

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/

The Technology Policy Institute is a think tank that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge and inform policymakers by producing independent, rigorous research and by sponsoring educational programs and conferences on major issues affecting information technology and communications policy.

Today’s digital economy may be new, but the economic principles underlying it are not. First principles still matter in both developed and emerging economies. Thus, government should intervene in these dynamic markets only when markets fail and when proposed solutions will demonstrably improve society’s well-being. New technologies can greatly improve standards of living around the globe, but policymakers must carefully consider how policies affect the development of those technologies. Our research will help inform those deliberations. The Technology Policy Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and educational foundation.

Fellowship focus areas

The Citizen Lab

Fellowship location: Toronto, Canada

http://citizenlab.org/

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Our research focuses on the intersection of information communications technologies (ICTs), global security, and human rights. Our mission is to undertake research and development that monitors, analyzes, and impacts the exercise of political power in cyberspace. We achieve this mission through collaborative partnerships with leading-edge research centers, organizations, and individuals around the world.

Our group is composed of a diverse mix of researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines including political science, sociology, law, computer science, and engineering. Since 2001, we have developed a unique mixed-methods approach to the study of ICTs, politics, human rights, security, and governance. We combine techniques from computer science and information security with field research, qualitative social science methodologies, and legal and policy analysis undertaken by subject matter experts.

Fellowship focus areas

Each year we tailor the Google Policy Fellowship to the individual fellow to match his/her interests and strengths with current projects at the Citizen Lab. In general we encourage applicants to apply who are interested in two broad areas (or combinations of the two): This fellowship is not supervised by an attorney

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Fellowship location: Washington DC, USA

http://ushcc.com/

The country’s largest Hispanic business organization, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic‐owned businesses in the United States that generate in excess of $468 billion annually. It also serves asthe umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work under the Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy on a wide range of telecommunications, technology, and science related policy issues. All members of the Government Relations Department must develop policy position papers, write policy related communications, and engage in Congressional and Administration outreach to policy makers. The Policy Fellow will not be directly supervised by an attorney.