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Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program 2021

Applications are open for the Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program 2021. The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program is a nine-month non-residential leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom.

The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders are a unique cohort of global advocates from civic organizations, media, and the private sector who are passionate about protecting and promoting an open internet.  

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About Open Internet for Democracy

Democracy has always required the free flow of ideas. In the modern age, this means a free, open internet where all citizens can freely voice their opinions, share, and debate. Access to an open internet for all is necessary to strengthen democratic engagement and governance, enable equal participation in the market economy, and promote social accountability.  The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program - a collaboration between the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assi... read more


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Leaders Program


Aim and Benefits of Leaders Program

  1. Empower emerging open internet advocates to advance internet policy discussions and organize for change in their country and/or region.
  2. Strengthen the Open Internet for Democracy Community by connecting emerging open internet advocates with their global peers.
  3.   The selected applicants will be a part of a larger international network where they can learn from peers and share their work.

  4. Open Internet Leaders will receive an honorarium of $1,000 USD for completing their required activities, as well as travel and per diem covered for at least one international trip (Note: Travel opportunities may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If for any reason travel is not possible, CIPE, NDI, and CIMA, will explore ways for the Open Internet Leaders to participate in international fora through virtual conferencing platforms.)

Requirements for Leaders Program Qualification

  • Applicant must show demonstrated interest or experience working on open internet issues, with preference given to those focused on media, economic inclusion/digital economy/entrepreneurship or civic/political participation;
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: policy, activism, research, or technical expertise;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision in collaboration with colleagues across different time zones;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Strong social media skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Ability to travel to one international conference (location TBD; costs covered; In-person participation in such events is contingent on health considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic);
  • Access to reliable internet connection that will enable participation in video or virtual
  • Access to reliable internet connection that will enable participation in video or virtual workshops or conferences;
  • Ability to actively participate in regular check-in calls with program organizers and in virtual orientation sessions;
  • Applicants must live and work in an OECD-DAC eligible country.  

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Application Deadline

June 23, 2021


How to Apply

Interested Applicants,should visit Open Internet for Democracy website to apply



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