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Information Controls Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

| By: Adam Lynn

Application window open until February 24, 2019

The Open Technology Fund (OTF)’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) is now accepting applications for its next cohort of fellows through its open call system.

Applications will be accepted through February 24, 2019.

The application and more information can be found here.

Through the ICFP program, fellows conduct research, analysis, and investigation into the tactics used by repressive governments to censor and surveil the internet, as well as mechanisms to overcome these restrictions. Studies may be cross-disciplinary in nature, and as such previous fellows have brought expertise in fields such as computer science, engineering, information security research, software development, social sciences, and law, among others.

The ICFP program is flexible in nature and can support fellows for three, six, nine, or twelve months. For the duration of the program, ICFP fellows embed with a host organization of their choosing. Host organizations can be any type of entity located anywhere in the world that is capable of providing fellows with expert oversight and guidance with respect to their chosen area of focus. Most fellows work locally within their host organization, though accommodations for remote work may be acceptable.

If you’d like to learn more and access the application, head to the ICFP home page. In addition, the following resources can help you learn more about the program and the types of projects past fellows have worked on as ICFP fellows:

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The Open Technology Fund (OTF)’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) supports examination into how governments in countries, regions, or areas of OTF’s core focus are restricting the free flow of information, impeding access to the open internet, and implementing censorship mechanisms, thereby threatening the ability of global citizens to exercise basic human rights and democracy. The program supports fellows to work within host organizations that are established centers of expertise by offering competitively paid fellowships for three, six, nine, or twelve months in duration.