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American Association of People with Disabilities

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to be hosting a Google Policy Fellow for the summer of 2018. The Fellow will work closely on AAPD’s monthly Technology Forum, which brings together national disability advocacy organizations and representatives of the technology industry to holistically drive and accelerate innovations that advance the interests of underrepresented groups. We are excited for the Fellow to be part of this ongoing conversation around the accessibility of various technologies, devices, and applications. Additionally, the Fellow will play an important role in AAPD’s “We Will Ride” campaign for fully accessible, fully autonomous passenger cars. We will also connect the Fellow to the Technology Task Force at the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 56 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

American Library Association

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The American Library Association (ALA) advocates for policy to ensure equitable access to information resources through libraries and for the public at large. ALA interprets “policy” broadly, to include copyright & licensing, privacy, intellectual freedom, telecommunications, and funding; and domain-specific services that libraries provide or enable such as entrepreneurship, employment, education, empowerment, and engagement of communities (i.e., The E’s of Libraries®). The Fellow would reside in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) in Washington, D.C. Typically, the Fellow would undertake a major project that is related to the Fellow’s interests and also advances a current priority of the Office. Additionally, the Fellow would participate in the general work of the Office to obtain an appreciation of how we do our policy advocacy overall, attending hearings, meetings, and other convenings.

Cato Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Cato Institute is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Google Policy Fellow for the summer of 2018. The Google Policy fellow will work closely with a Cato scholar in one or more of the following broad issue areas based on the candidate’s background, interests, and skill set: intellectual property, government surveillance, data security, privacy, regulation, and civil liberties. In addition, the Google Policy Fellow will participate in the Cato Institute’s Internship Program which focuses on delivering a rich education in contemporary policy issues—and the philosophical, historic, and economic underpinnings of those issues. The program includes an intensive seminar series featuring Cato scholars, guest speakers, staff, networking, and professional development opportunities

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th-century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution—individual liberty, limited government, and free markets—turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Center for Data Innovation

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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 senior staff to research and draft reports, op-eds, and blogs and help organize events.

Center for Democracy and Technology

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders.

CDT’s Fellows have the opportunity to shape key public policy issues at the intersection of civil liberties, security, privacy, and technology, and a typical day may include everything from researching and writing papers or analysis to public speaking opportunities. The role offers autonomy and professional development within a supportive environment, where Fellows will interact on a regular basis with CDT’s experts as well as the companies, public interest groups, government officials, academics, and other stakeholders with whom CDT engages.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fellowship location: San Francisco, CA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit member organization defending human rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions individuals privacy, free expression, and assembly through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development throughout the world. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free expression online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies. EFF engages in impact litigation and seeking front-line justice to establish rights. EFF creates technology to improve free expression, security, and privacy. In addition, we have forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policy-makers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.


Fellowship location: Washington, DC

Engine promotes entrepreneurship and startup activity through policy analysis, economic research, and advocacy. Working under the guidance of Engine's Executive 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 guide Engine’s advocacy strategy through persuasive writing, research, and legislative outreach.

Future of Privacy Forum

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

Future of Privacy Forum is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms, and workable business practices. FPF helps fill the void in the “space not occupied by law” which exists due to the speed of technology development. As “data optimists,” we believe that the power of data for good is a net benefit to society, and that it can be well-managed to control risks and offer the best protections and empowerment to consumers and individuals.

We work on technology portfolios on connected cars, smart cities, location and on-line tracking, health data, education and student privacy issues, biometrics, particularly facial recognition, and the ethics and privacy issues associated with algorithms and artificial intelligence. We seek to facilitate the pursuit of industry standards and collaboration on privacy concerns, by partnering with stakeholders and advocates to reach practical solutions to the privacy challenges for consumer and commercial data uses.

Global Network Initiative

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Global Network Initiative is an international multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors, and academics that have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. The GNI seeks a Google Policy Fellow to conduct factual and policy research on issues related to freedom of expression, privacy, and business and human rights, to 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 to support GNI policy and learning efforts. The fellow will work closely with the Directors of Policy and Learning & Development, respectively, as well as with other GNI staff and the GNI’s network of nearly 50 participant organizations. Areas of focus will be determined based on the Fellow’s background and interests, but could include contributing to research and policy advocacy related to data localization, cross-border data flows and mutual legal assistance treaties, surveillance, or the rise in government efforts to disrupt or shut down networks and communications services.

Internet Education Foundation

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) hosts four major projects under its umbrella: The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Google Policy fellows are welcome to work within any or all of these dynamic projects. IEF places Google Policy Fellows front and center. Several Google Policy Fellows have moderated Internet policy discussions televised live by C-SPAN during their tenure with us. Or, IEF is open to exploring for future projects and initiatives that fellows bring to the table. In fact, both the Congressional App Challenge and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry were created by Google Policy Fellows at IEF.

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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 apply rigorous market-based 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

The National Consumers League is America’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since our founding in 1899. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud, the Google Public Policy Fellow will have the opportunity to engage on some of the most pressing technology issues affecting consumers in the U.S. and abroad through two of NCL's marquee campaigns: and the #DataInsecurity Project. Areas of focus will include data security, data breach notification, comprehensive privacy legislation, cross-device tracking, cybersecurity information-sharing, data roaming and identity theft. The Fellow will provide the Vice President and Executive Director with timely research on data security, privacy and telecom policy issues and track ongoing legislative and regulatory proceedings. The Fellow will also help draft a variety of advocacy materials such as white papers, op/ed's, press releases, letters to the editor, blog postings and consumer guides. The ideal candidate will be an A+ writer and researcher, have a strong base of knowledge about technology policy and bring a passion for public interest advocacy to the position.

National Hispanic Media Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Working closely with NHMC's policy staff, the Google Policy Fellow will work to fight for a better media representation for Latinos. Fellows are guided through legal and policy research, analysis, writing and public speaking. They build skills while enhancing NHMC’s advocacy with members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies. Students will be exposed to cutting edge issues at the intersection of civil rights and technology. NHMC staff is dedicated to teaching students the skills they need to be successful communicators through legal writing and outreach to policy influencers. After the fellowship, the organization connects graduates with future employers and former fellows have gone on to judicial clerkships, the FCC, non-profit organizations, and law firms large and small.

Niskanen Center

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Niskanen Center is a 501(c)3 issue advocacy organization that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process. At the Niskanen Center, we believe innovation and technological progress are driving forces for economic growth, individual empowerment, and the betterment of humankind. To that end, we promote policies that advance those goals.

The technology and civil liberties department focuses on a wide range of issues, from commercial space and autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence and copyright reform. We seek a fellow with an interest in these and other cutting-edge, emerging technology issues and a willingness to engage with legislators and regulators. Duties would include research, writing, and publishing on these issues, while also engaging more directly with staffers, legislators, regulators, and coalition members.

Open Technology Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. We promote universal access to communications technologies that are both open and secure, using a multidisciplinary approach that brings together advocates, researchers, organizers, and innovators.

As an OTI Google Policy Fellow you will have the opportunity to work at the forefront of debates surrounding broadband access and adoption, government surveillance, encryption, broadband mapping, consumer privacy, and more. You will have the chance to make substantive contributions to OTI’s work by conducting policy research and analysis, authoring reports, attending government and public interest meetings, writing for our syndication partners, and more. Fellows may be involved in more than one focus area over the course of the summer, but please let us know if you have a specific interest or related background.

Progressive Policy Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit. center left think tank and a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock. Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mold-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernize progressive politics. Today, PPI is developing fresh proposals for stimulating U.S. economic innovation and growth; equipping all Americans with the skills and assets that social mobility in the knowledge economy requires; modernizing an overly bureaucratic and centralized public sector; and, defending liberal democracy in a dangerous world. A Google Fellow at PPI can expect to contribute to research into the contributions of digital innovation to domestic and international markets, as well as assist with in-depth analysis of the regulatory effects on innovation. In addition to research fellow can expect to gain an understanding of how academics shape public policy and the dialogue around it. Fellows should be equally interested in technology, it's economic impacts, and the effects public policy has on its development.

Public Knowledge

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

Access to an open Internet is critical to participation in a democratic society. But today, the public faces increasing challenges to fair and open access to the Internet — from corporate consolidation and control of Internet access, to overbroad application of copyright law, and many other threats. The public needs to be represented in Washington, to push better policies in everyone’s interest. That is why Public Knowledge advocates for these issues and puts an emphasis on training public interest advocates for the future.

Public Knowledge interns and fellows are immersed in Internet, communications, and intellectual property policy making. They play a significant role on the issues, participating in meetings on Capitol Hill, agencies, and with other public interest groups and allies, engaging with the public through press and social media, and performing related legal work, culminating in an understanding and facility to advocate for the public interest that will help position them to be leaders in the public interest community in their careers. Interns and fellows are part of a “class,” that is supported through mentoring and development by PK staff at all levels. More information about advocacy training at PK is located here.

R Street Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The R Street Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization (“think tank”). R Street's mission is to engage in research and educational outreach that promotes market-oriented public policy solutions, as well as limited yet effective government. In addition to our D.C. headquarters, we have offices in five different states, and we work extensively on state, municipal and national policy issues. R Street’s particular focus on Internet law and policy is one of offering research and analysis that shows the advantages of a light-handed approach to innovation, with laws and regulations that protect freedom of expression and privacy in the public and private spheres. Some issues of particular interest to us include government surveillance, cybersecurity, intellectual property, consumer privacy and regulatory approaches to the sharing economy. Where we differ from other groups on the center-right is our ability to bridge a variety of communities. We have strong relationships with both conservative groups and liberal public interest groups, as well as with staff members for representatives and senators in both parties. This makes us uniquely capable of producing research and educational work that advances a pragmatic, free-market, trans partisan, coalition-based approach to crafting effective public policy solutions. R Street’s Google Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute op-eds and blog posts, assist with legal research and writing in collaboration with a number of different scholars, and produce substantive research projects in their field of interest.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) is a nonprofit dedicated to safeguarding the First Amendment right to a free and unfettered press and vindicating the public's right to know. Since 1970, RCFP has participated as amicus curiae and as a plaintiff in legal matters affecting the freedom of information and First Amendment rights of the news media and the public. RCFP attorneys provide legal resources and representation to journalists, free of charge, and RCFP engages in research and policy work in furtherance of its mission to support press freedom and government transparency. A Google Policy Fellow placed with RCFP would work on research and policy matters at the intersection of First Amendment or freedom of information rights and technology such as, for example, the effect of "Right to be Forgotten" laws on access to information, the impact of government surveillance of electronic communications on newsgathering, encryption, intermediary liability, and the exercise of free speech rights on social media platforms.


Fellowship location: Washington, DC

TechFreedom is a non-partisan tech policy think tank based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Our mission is to educate the public, policymakers and thought leaders about public policies approaches that enable technology to flourish and improve the human condition. We’re working to advance public policies that advance and reward experimentation, entrepreneurship, and investment. We seek legal fellows to assist our work in tech and telecom law and policy, especially those issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Fellows will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of technology-related policy issues, such as privacy, data security, net neutrality, FTC reform, Internet regulation, and free speech. Our fellows will be encouraged to be creative in their thinking and writing, and work on both legal work and policy outreach.

Technology Policy Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Technology Policy Institute is seeking a summer fellow to help analyze the economics and regulation of the information and communications technology sectors. The ideal applicant should have expertise in applied microeconomics, statistics, econometrics, and policy analysis and have excellent writing and communications skills. A demonstrated interest and undergraduate or graduate training in economics is preferred. This position is ideal for candidates seeking an opportunity to learn how economic tools are applied to public policy.

Third Way

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

Third Way is a center-left think tank that believes in pragmatic solutions and principled compromise. We have a long and successful track-record of taking complex issues and breaking them down for bipartisan audiences. Our trusted name is relied upon by Members of Congress, senior Hill staff, and thought leaders around DC to delineate the most pressing public policy debates in a digestible way.

Unlike traditional think tanks, we do not house scholars who work in silos on academic research. Instead, we are built around policy teams that create high-impact written products and innovative trainings that are designed to influence today’s debates. The customers for our products and events are the legislators, staff members, government officials, media leaders, academics, and NGOs who shape and determine the outcome of federal policy.

The National Security Program focuses on the role of the legislative branch in national security, across a wide range of issues. The program provides succinct, impact-driven recommendations to Congress on complex and politically-sensitive national security issues. One of the areas of particular depth for the program are the laws and policies at the intersection of privacy, technology, and security. Over the next year, we expect the program to be deeply involved in the debate about electronic surveillance reform and the proper balance between government interest in securing the nation, individual privacy, and commercial innovation and competitiveness.

Third Way is looking for individuals interested in public policy, and balancing the complex interplay of conflicting priorities. We are looking for creative problem solvers, who understand technology, are deep believers in democracy and have a strong grounding in the law. We’ll put these skills to work helping Congressional policymakers understand technology issues that balance government influence on technology with individual privacy and innovation. Sense of humor necessary.


Fellowship location: Colombo (Sri Lanka) or London/South East of England (UK) or Myanmar

Catalyzing policy change through research to improve people's lives in the emerging Asia Pacific by facilitating their use of hard and soft infrastructures though the use of knowledge, information and technology

Fellowship focus areas

Impact of Zero Rated walled gardens on user behaviour, on connectivity, on competition and on Net Neutrality in the context of emerging South Asian/South East Asian economies.

The Fellow will design and carry a out qualitative studies (focused on a group of users who are using Zero Rated content and possibly a control group), and carry out additional expert/industry interviews. He/she will then synthesize results and to write a comprehensive report. He/she will possibly produce other policy-oriented out put (e.g. policy briefs/videos etc) to help LIRNEasia communicate to key audiences.

Depending on the results, an academic quality paper (for a targeted publication) is a long term possibility, if the Fellow is willing to write after the Fellowship term ends (unlikely to have time to do academic writing in the term of the Fellowship).


To be eligible, applicants must be a Masters or PhD student as at 1 January 2016, and be 18 years or older on the same date. Application deadline is 30 January 2016. Specific dates of the fellowship will be between July - August 2016, though flexibility is possible for exceptional candidates. The fellowship period must conclude by the 30th of December 2016 under all circumstances.

A statement of purpose explaining your interest and previous experience in the listed topics, and a full CV demonstrating research and writing capabilities and listing at least 2 referees we can contact should be sent directly to LIRNEasia at with the header "Google Fellowship (FirstName LastName)". In addition, the information below should also be sent, preferably as the last section/page of the CV itself:

APEC secretariat

The Innovation Partnership

The Innovation Partnership is a group of New Zealand public and private sector organisations that promote and support digital innovation, across education, business and government. The Partnership conducts research into issues and opportunities in digital innovation, supports initiatives that show the potential for New Zealand of being more digitally innovative, and brings together the key players to create networks, synergies, and efficiency of effort.

A Fellow working with the Partnership will conduct research into the New Zealand Government’s Digital Economy Strategy, including a review of other Governments’ initiatives to accelerate business adoption of digital technologies. Their findings will provide an external point-of-view to feed into the Government's strategy development process for supporting the development of digital businesses, and businesses supported by digital technology.

If you would like to apply for the Policy Fellowship at the Innovation Partnership, please submit your application to

Digital Asia Hub

Fellowship location: Hong Kong (or, in exceptional circumstances, another Asian location)

The Digital Asia Hub is an independent, non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong. Incubated by The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a diverse group of academic, civil society, and private sector partners, the Hub provides a non-partisan, open, and collaborative platform for research, knowledge sharing and capacity building related to Internet and Society issues with focus on digital Asia. The Hub also aims to strengthen effective multi-stakeholder discourse, with both local and regional activities, and will contribute to – and itself serve as a node of – a larger network of academic organizations: the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers (the “NoC”).

The Hub undertakes activities in three main areas: research, knowledge sharing and capacity building. Ideally, fellows will be able to contribute to all three by carrying out research with impact that is accessible to a wider audience. At the core of the Hub is independent and interdisciplinary research exploring both the opportunities and challenges related to digital technology, innovation and society in Asia.


Application deadline is 15 August 2016. Specific dates of the fellowship will be agreed with the candidates. The fellowship period must conclude by the 30th of December 2016.

Please apply with a statement of interest, outlining a research project and proposed deliverable, as well as previous experience in the area. Please also include a full CV and a writing sample, and send all 3 documents to with the subject “Google Fellowship”. You must be able to live and work in Hong Kong. We are open to non Hong Kong residents in exceptional circumstances, but are unable to sponsor or assist with visas.

Fellowship focus areas

The fellowship program is open to students from a variety of disciplines whose work and interests are anchored in Asia. Above all, we are keen to hear from applicants who are excited by collaboration, community and change, and by the prospect of being the inaugural batch of Policy Fellows at the Digital Asia Hub.

Centro de Tecnología y Sociedad

Fellowship location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Center on Technology and Society is a leading academic center and research institution within Universidad de San Andrés, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

CETYS’ mission is to advance in interdisciplinary studies and research on the management, regulation, development and impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Since its creation, CETYS has been working on both academic research and Internet public policy promotion, and in bridging the gap between them.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will conduct legal and policy research for the purposes of developing academic research and public policy documents, as well as participate in activities and public policy debates carried out on the framework of the digital ecosystem in Argentina. The fellowship will be focusing on research areas such as:

Derechos Digitales

Fellowship location: Santiago, Chile

Derechos Digitales is an independent, non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Santiago de Chile, whose mission is to defend and promote human rights in the digital environment for Latin American internet users. Its main working areas include Freedom of Expression, Access to Knowledge, Digital Security, and Privacy and Personal Data Protection.

Fellowship focus areas

The fellow will carry out research, analysis and support tasks, choosing one or several of Derechos Digitales' current areas of interest, which include:

Fundación Karisma

Fellowship location: Bogotá, Colombia

Fundación Karisma is a Colombian NGO that advocates for the defense of human rights in technology environments from perspectives that promote freedom of expression and gender and social equalities. Karisma works from the activism, embedding multiple legal and technological viewpoints in alliance with local, regional and international partners.

Fellowship focus areas

Democracia y Desarrollo Digital

Fellowship location: Lima, Peru

Democracy & Development International (D&D International) is a nonprofit civilian association, located in Lima, Peru. Emerged as a think tank in order to educate the population and to influence in the design of public policies that are directed to strengthen democracy and to obtain a sustainable and equitative development in the country of a long reach.

Since five years ago D&D International promotes a National Program on Digital Democracy. At the moment the Program includes almost ten lines of action all over Peru.

Fellowship focus areas

The fellow will provide support in some of the main activities of D&D International, under the Program of Digital Democracy 2018. The activities will take place between August and October 2018. These are:

Fundacion Acceso

Fellowship location: Montes de Oca, San José - Costa Rica

Fundación Acceso is a regional human rights organization that has been working for over 25 years in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Our mission is to contribute to mitigate the ever increasing violation of rights related to the physical, technological and psycho-social security of Central American populations that are in risk and/or in a vulnerable situation. One of our recent contributions to accomplish our mission is the Central American Digital Security Observatory, in which we monitor laws related to digital surveillance and at the same time we register and analyze digital security incidents to human rights activists and human rights organizations in Central America.

Fellowship focus areas

ITS Rio - Institute for Technology & Society of Rio

Fellowship location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The mission of the ITS Rio is to ensure that Brazil responds creatively and appropriately to the opportunities provided by technology in the digital age, and that the potential benefits are broadly shared across society. Through its own research and in partnership with other institutions, ITS analyzes the legal, social, economic and cultural dimensions of technology and advocates for public policies and private practices which protect privacy, freedom of expression and access to knowledge. The Institute also offers innovative education, training and capacity development to individuals and institutions to enable them to understand the promises and challenges of new technology. Last, but not least, ITS aims to strengthen the voice of Brazil, Latin America and the Global South in international debates on technology and its regulation.

As a policy fellow, the researcher will have the unique opportunity to work with the team who conceived and developed Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet), a bill that guarantees and promotes the protection of fundamental rights, such as privacy, network neutrality and freedom of expression, which was approved as law in Brazil in April 2014. The program offers the opportunity to deepen knowledge on Brazil’s and Global South’s technological contexts. The selected candidate will receive an intensive agenda of meetings with ITS Rio partners in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasília in order to have the opportunity to visit some of the largest national and international technology companies operating in Brasil, as well as governmental entities.

Fellowship focus areas

R3D - Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Fellowship location: Mexico City, Mexico

R3D is a non-profit digital rights organization in Mexico using research, communication, advocacy and litigation tools to defend and promote human rights in the digital environment.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with R3D legal and policy research staff on one or more issues related to human rights and the digital environment, according to the Fellow's interest and experience. We are seeking a fellow who has strong research skills. Possible areas of focus include: