CfA: Digital Activist Residency In Berlin, Oct + Nov 2015


July 23, 2015

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Tactical Tech is offering a residency in its offices in Berlin, Germany, for two months starting at the beginning of October 2015. 

The residency is designed to support activists from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, or the Middle East, who utilize digital technologies extensively in their work. 

This is part of a project launched by the Tactical Technology Collective and Reporters without Borders Germany, meant to strengthen Berlin as a hub for a creative community that can inspire change around the world. In parallel, Reporters Without Borders will host a residency for a journalist.

We are looking for an experienced digital activist interested in joining a small team working internationally on issues related to Tactical Tech's current strategic priorities. This means you should be experienced in working in at least one of the following areas of activity :

  • Understanding and exposing issues; using data, design, and technology to help people understand and investigate systemic issues in their own societies. (Primary Tactical Tech project: Exposing the invisible.)

  • The politics of data; understanding what it means to live in a 'data society', how we leave digital traces, and what this means for the privacy of everyday users in different contexts. (Primary Tactical Tech project: Me and My Shadow)

  • Digital security for human rights defenders and journalists; working practically to sustain freedom of expression in the digital sphere. (Primary Tactical Tech project: Security-in-a-box

As the resident, you will join our team for two months and will be supported in your work by experts from Tactical Tech, with the aim of collaborating on either:

a) a project of your own choice that corresponds to Tactical Tech’s goals or
b) supporting the development of relevant projects (see above) at Tactical Tech.

Applicants will need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • be an activist from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, or the Middle East
  • be confident working in English
  • use digital technologies extensively in your work
  • have a good knowledge of digital technologies (the internet, mobile phones, etc) and their challenges and implications for freedom of information or advocacy work in your own context
  • be willing to share experience and expertise
  • be willing to deepen your practical knowledge on digital security and privacy
  • be willing to be part of the Tactical Tech team on a daily basis for two months
  • be willing to act as a multiplier and further spread the knowledge you gathered during the residency in your home region

As the resident, you will be provided with:

  • support in your visa application process (if needed)
  • plane tickets, health insurance, and accommodation in Berlin for two months
  • a monthly stipend covering your living expenses during your stay in Berlin
  • an open-minded, international work to develop ideas and projects
  • individualized training on digital security
  • the possibility of attending exciting relevant events in Berlin

How to apply
Fill in an application form and email it to by 23 July 2015.

Only properly completed application forms will be considered. Pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an online interview before mid-August.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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July 12, 2015