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Wikimedia/yale Law School Initiative Fellowship

Status: Open

Deadline: Ongoing

The Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information (WIII) has two main aims: to raise awareness of threats to an open internet, especially those affecting online intermediaries and their users, and to make creative policy suggestions that protect and promote open access to information. WIII grew out of an ongoing academic collaboration between Yale Law School and the Wikimedia Foundation and is made possible by a generous gift from the Wikimedia Foundation.

The Information Society Project (ISP) is an intellectual center at Yale Law School. It supports an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study issues at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Many of its fellows are recent graduates of law and doctoral programs and plan to pursue careers in the academy or in public policy. The ISP hosts nearly 100 events per year designed to promote scholarship, foster new ideas, and spark collaborations. The ISP is also home to a variety of initiatives including the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, the Knight Law and Media Program, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, Privacy Lab, the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, and the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information.

The WIII Fellowship is an opportunity for a postdoctoral candidate to work to improve global access to information, to draft legal scholarship and engage in policy advocacy, and to participate in the intellectual life of the ISP. A J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree is required. The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in intermediary liability, platform governance, access to information, and online content issues; familiarity with relevant case law and legal systems; and excellent persuasive writing and interpersonal skills.

The duties of the WIII Fellow may include:

  • Monitoring ongoing and upcoming legislative and regulatory developments which engage intermediary rights, liabilities and responsibilities;
  • Producing white papers or academic articles with policy recommendations;
  • Publishing blog posts and op-eds;
  • Organising educational events at Yale Law School;
  • Supervising pro bono students and summer researchers, and coordinating their contributions to the work of the WIII program;
  • Acting as a liaison between the Yale ISP and the Wikimedia Foundation.

The WIII Fellow will receive a fellowship salary (USD 50,629), a travel budget, Yale University benefits, and access to Yale University resources. The WIII Fellow is expected to live in the New Haven area and be a part of the ISP community.

Applications for the WIII Fellowship must be received no later than February 10, 2021.

Apply here.

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