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[liberationtech] Fwd: Digital Freedom and Its Limits: $10, 000 scholarship -- Please distribute

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 08:35:45 PDT 2012


FYI
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Rebecca MacKinnon
Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Cofounder: GlobalVoicesOnline.org
Author: ConsentoftheNetworked.com
Office: +1-202-596-3343
Twitter: @rmack

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> Resent-From: <mackinnon at newamerica.net>
> From: Kelly Bjorklund <kbjorklund at idebate.be>
> Date: September 12, 2012 9:58:54 AM EDT
> To: <mackinnon at newamerica.net>
> Subject: Digital Freedom and Its Limits: $10,000 scholarship -- Please distribute
> 
> Dear Rebecca,
> 
> We've just launched the Second Annual Global Debate & Public Policy Challenge and the topic is one I think you will find especially interesting. This year’s theme "Digital Freedom and Its Limits" explores what policies governments or other groups should adopt to enhance the potential of digital technology to benefit individuals and societies. It also encourages debates about the limits on internet freedom and covers issues related to social networks, privacy, child safety, freedom, censorship, democracy, transparency, national security and much more. We've included your webpage Consent of the Networked and related writings in the related readings for this topic as well as references to your work in our thematic background paper.
> 
> Could you please help promote the Challenge by distributing this message to your contacts at New America and Global Network Initiative, as well as  to students and professors who may be interested? It's a great opportunity for undergraduate students and recent graduates to win a trip to Budapest, one of many $10,000 scholarships and contribute to public policy debate on important issues. I have included all pertinent information as well as detailed registration details below. It'd also be great if you could post on facebook or online. We'd also be grateful if you could tweet this link http://gdppc.idebate.org/ and post it on facebook.
> 
> The Challenge is a joint project of the International Debate Education Association, the European Council on Foreign Relations and Central European University with funding provided by the Open Society Foundations.
> 
> Thank you for your help promoting the Challenge and for all of your important work!
> 
> Kind regards,
> Kelly
> 
> 
> JOIN THE GLOBAL DEBATE AND PUBLIC POLICY CHALLENGE AND WIN A $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP
> 
> Are you a full-time university student or recent graduate? Join the Global Debate & Public Policy Challenge today and and become eligible to win a free trip to Budapest and a $10,000 scholarship. Write, present, and defend your policy recommendation and contribute to the conversation about issues affecting the global community. We've just kicked off the Second Annual Global Debate & Public Policy Challenge, which is a unique annual competition designed to engage undergraduates and recent grads in ongoing public debate and reflection on issues affecting the global community. The Challenge offers students from across continents and educational disciplines an opportunity to explore issues from different points of view. The competition will culminate in a final competition in Budapest in June 2013. 
> 
> This year’s theme "Digital Freedom and Its Limits" explores what policies governments or other groups should adopt to enhance the potential of digital technology to benefit individuals and societies. It also encourages debates about the limits on internet freedom and covers issues related to social networks, privacy, child safety, freedom, censorship, democracy, transparency, national security and much more.
> 
> The first annual Challenge was a huge success (see video below!) and we hope to attract a wide range of students into the realm of policy advocacy this year as well! 
> 
> Finalists from all over the globe gathered in the Hungarian capital to attend workshops to improve their policy advocacy and public speaking skills as well as compete in progressive rounds of competition for prizes up to $10,000. This year's 23 finalists represented 11 countries including China, Croatia, Estonia, Ethiopia, India, Macedonia, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, United Kingdom and United States, and we would like expand our geographic reach! Don’t worry if you’re not a native speaker of English! Judges use evaluation criteria to assess each student’s contribution, which focuses on the ability to develop evidence to support arguments, not language ability.
> 
> 
> 
> WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university anywhere in the world, as well as recent graduates.*
> 
>  
> REGISTER NOW AT: www.gdppc.org
> 
> 
> 
> How Much Are the Scholarships & Stipends and What Can They Be Used For?
> 
> 
> Participants in the 2012-2013 Challenge are eligible to:
> 
> • Win a trip to Budapest, Hungary to attend the second annual Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge at Central European University in June 2013.
> 
> • Win one of five possible $10,000 prizes: a scholarship towards graduate study or a stipend to work at a non-profit institution of the winner’s choice in a field related to Public Policy.*
> 
> 
> 
> From the participants who are chosen to participate at the final stage of the Challenge, the Forum in Budapest, there will be up to five $10,000 winners. Each winner will receive either a scholarship payable to a Graduate School of the winner’s choice for study in a field related to Public Policy or a grant payable to a non-profit institution of the winner’s choice for an internship or placement in a field related to Public Policy. The winners get to choose the option they prefer. Please see the Prizes page for more information. The rules of the competition are available here.
> 
> HOW CAN STUDENTS WIN?
> 
> 1) Register for the Challenge at http://gdppc.idebate.org/content/gdppc-join-challenge
> 
> 2) Review the materials on the website
> 
> 3) Prepare and submit your 800-1,200 word policy memo by 30 November 2012
> 
>  
> The Challenge consists of two written tasks and culminates at the Forum in Budapest, where the final round of the competition will take place and the scholarships awarded. Any undergraduate or recent graduate* studying any subject, anywhere in the world, can take part by submitting a paper in Round 1. From these submissions up to 200 participants will be selected to proceed to Round 2. Once those are judged, up to 50 finalists will win trips to Budapest with the cost of travel and accommodation paid by the organisers. Finalists will attend workshops with their peers to hone their public speaking and advocacy skills.
> 
> How will the papers be evaluated? Don’t worry if you’re not a native speaker of English! Judges use evaluation criteria to assess each student’s contribution, which focuses on the ability to develop evidence to support arguments, not language ability.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> What Do I Need To Do To Enter The Challenge and Become Eligible to Win?
> If you haven’t already done so, register for the competition at the new Idebate website. Then, prepare and submit your policy memo by 30 November 2012. That’s it!
> 
> Here is a step-by-step guide for how to Register: 
> In order to Join the Challenge, you must have an IDebate username and password, which is free and takes just a second to do. 
> If you already have an IDebate account please log-in to Join the Challenge, and then go here.
> If you don't have an IDebate username and password, you need to register first here. 
> After logging with your IDebate username and password, you should visit the Challenge registration page where you will need to answer a few questions about yourself. Then you will receive the code for submitting your task by November 30th.
> If you participated in the 2011-2012 Challenge but you don't have an IDebate username and password, you will need to re-register on this new Challenge website.
> The process is quick and easy. 
> 
> I have attached a flyer to this e-mail describing the Challenge, and would be very grateful if you could post around your campuses as well as hand out to your students, post on facebook, and any other lists you are on for undergraduate students or recent grads. If I can supply any additional information to you, or if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to let me know.
> 
> 
> 
> I also encourage you to check out this video from the first annual Challenge, which is really inspiring!
> 
> 
> The View From Budapest: Inside the First Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge
> Take a look behind the scenes and meet the 2011-2012 Challenge Finalists. 
> 
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvK1R_ZR3eo&feature=youtu.be
> 
> 
> 
> Thank you!
> 
> 
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Kelly
> 
> 
> 
> International Debate Education Association (IDEA) Central Foundation
> 
> Communications and Outreach Consultant, Global Debate & Public Policy Challenge
> 
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