Internet For Democracy Leadership Program

Open Internet For Democracy Leadership Program 2022 (Up to 2000USD) How To Apply

Internet For Democracy Leadership Program 2022 | This page contains instructions on how to apply for the Open Internet For Democracy Leadership Program, as well as the benefits, criteria, eligibility, and other information needed to be successful in applying for the Open Internet For Democracy Leadership Program.

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.  Link to apply Pitch AgriHack African Businesses Support 2022 (Up To US$45,000) 

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.

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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.

THEME: Uniting Grassroots Voices for Digital Democracy in an era of rapid policy change:


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 $2,000 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.

Core Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Communications and Outreach
    • Produce at least 1 blog post or article for
    • Actively engage in conversations on open internet issues, such as on Twitter with the program’s @OpenNetGlobal account.
  • Community Collaboration & Thought Leadership
    • Participate at the 2022 Internet Governance Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (virtually or in-person – TBD)
    • Contribute to knowledge and awareness of the Open Internet for Democracy Community about local/regional/national threats to an open internet through participation in relevant events and ongoing information sharing.


  • Applicants must live and work in an OECD-DAC eligible country.
  • 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.

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