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 ten-month non-resident leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organising skills to protect internet freedom.

Open Internet for Democracy Leaders are a unique cohort of global advocates from civic organisations, media, and the private sector who are passionate about protecting and promoting an open internet.

The program aims to:

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

The theme of the 2020-2021 programme is “Strengthening Democratic Digital Governance: Raising Local Voices for Digital Rights”.

The selected applicants will be a part of a larger international network where they can learn from peers and share their work. Open Internet Leaders will receive an honorarium of $1000 USD for completing their required activities, as well as travel and per diem covered for international trips (Note: Travel opportunities may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If for any reason travel is not possible, CIPE, NDI, and CIMA, will explore ways for the Open Internet Leaders to participate in international fora through virtual conferencing platforms.)

The deadline to apply is June 22.

For more information, including selection criteria, application information, and details about host organisations, visit the Open Internet for Democracy Website.

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