Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Study Program, 2022

Publish Date: Jun 26, 2022

Deadline: Jul 08, 2022

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 Assistance (CIMA) - is a year-long 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.  

The program aims to: 

  • Empower emerging open internet advocates to advance internet policy discussions and organize for change in their country and/or region.
  • Strengthen the Open Internet for Democracy Community by connecting emerging open internet advocates with their global peers.


  • Create a joint policy paper on ways to strengthen digital governance 
  • Together, the cohort will collaborate on a joint policy paper to produce recommendations and case studies that identify opportunities and threats around a specific policy trend with significant impact on an open, and democratic online space. 
  • The cohort will select the topic during a four day in-person project design sprint (anticipated to take place in late January 2023, location TBD). The policy paper will be further developed and finalized through on-going virtual engagement with the cohort throughout the remainder of the Leaders program.
  • Conduct national or regional advocacy to strengthen digital governance
  • Individually, Leaders will be responsible for organizing a local or regional activity with diverse stakeholders (e.g. civil society, independent media, and local business) to disseminate the findings from the policy paper produced as a cohort (see first bullet point). Some examples of possible advocacy activities include:
  • An advocacy campaign to raise awareness among policymakers about the pitfalls of policies that would contribute to the spread of digital authoritarianism. 
  • Training modules or videos that explain the implications of digital authoritarianism for civil society, media, and/or the private sector. 
  • A multi-stakeholder workshop or roundtable discussion (with civil society, media, and/or the private sector) to discuss a proposed government action that threatens digital rights.
  • A clear strategy for engaging local and regional open internet advocates and groups to collaborate on future efforts. 


  • Demonstrated interest or experience working on digital rights and open internet issues, with preference given to those focused on media, local private sector/business, or civic/political participation
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: policy, activism, research, or technical expertise
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in collaboration with colleagues across different time zones 
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English  
  • Demonstrated public speaking experience speaking a plus
  • Ability to travel to at least one international conference (location TBD; costs covered; In-person participation in such events is contingent on health considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic) a plus
  • 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.  

Selected applicants will be joining a community of like-minded advocates in which they will have opportunities for peer learning and sharing their work. During the program, Open Internet Leaders will:  

  • Receive an honorarium of $2000 USD for completing their required activities 
  • Learn from leaders in the digital rights and advocacy community during presentations and workshops
  • Access mentorship and soft skills training opportunities 
  • Connect with cohort of Leaders during an in-person project design sprint*
  • Participate as Open Internet for Democracy representatives at international conferences such as the Internet Governance Forum* and RightsCon

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