Open Internet For Democracy Leaders Program


Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 7280

Opportunity Description

Deadline: May 27, 2019

Emerging leaders who are interested in advancing internet policy discussions and passionate about protecting and promoting  an open internet freedom, can apply for Open Internet for Democracy Leaders program.

This program is an eight month non-resident program offered to the participants from across the world coming from different background, civic organizations, media, and private sectors to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom.

To have a democratic community, and strengthen the democratic engagement and governance, it is necessary that all citizen have a free, open internet to easily and free share their ideas and opinions. It will promote social accountability and enable the citizens to have equal participation in the market economy.


Program duration: 8 months

Targeted region: open to applicants from all over the world

Program time: June 2019- January 2020)

Internet governance forum in Germany: November 25-29, 2019


  • Center for International private enterprise (CIPE)
  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

Program theme: “Network Sovereignty” and the threat to an open internet

About the program theme:

The theme of the program (Network sovereignty ) means that the government should have total control of the internet within their borders. When it comes to practice, the democratic communities and governments do constrain the flow of information online but not in non-democratic regimes.

According to democracy activists and human rights defenders, the network sovereignty model of internet governance enables government censorship and surveillance that puts the rights of citizens in danger.

applicants interested in exploring how, where, and with what effect policies inspired by network sovereignty are impacting the development of an open internet and what ramifications this has for democracy at the local, regional, and global level can submit their application for this program. In particular, individuals with an interest on the impact of network sovereignty policies on news media, civil society groups, and the private sector are encouraged to apply.


Benefits of the program

  • Becoming a member of a large international network to learn from each other and exchange their experience
  • Receiving a honorarium of 1000 USD to complete the required activities
  • Travel and daily expenses are covered for trips to one regional forum/conference and
  • Travel and per diem covered for trip to Internet Governance Forum, in Berlin, Germany.


Who can apply?

  • Be interested/ have work experience on open internet issues. In particular, applicants who are focused on media, private sector/entrepreneurship or civic/political participation
  • Have experience in policy, activism, research or technical expertise
  • Be able to work independently, requiring minimum supervision
  • Have strong organizational skills, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have strong skills in social media
  • Possess Advance presentation skills
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Be able to participate to one international conference and one event / forum related to open internet or internet freedom in your home region (costs covered)
  • Applicants from non-OECD countries are given the preference.


  • Be able to implement in-country activity that contributes to a national or regional conversation on internet freedom focusing on network sovereignty policies dangers on open internet and democracy
  • Producing minimum to article for and  active engagement in twitter conversation on open internet issues and identifying potential areas of collaboration among local and regional open internet advocates/groups
  • Participate in internet governance forum and contribute to awareness of open internet for democracy about local/regional/national threats to an open internet.

How to apply

Applicants can apply online before the deadline (May 27, 2019)

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Open Internet for Democracy Leader program

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