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[liberationtech] Google Seeking Applicants for Global Internet Policy Fellowships

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Fri Feb 22 18:29:58 PST 2013

Google Seeking Applicants for Global Internet Policy Fellowships

By *Todd R. Weiss * |  Posted 2013-02-22

Google is again looking for interested college and university students to
spend their summer immersed in the world of Internet policy as Google
Policy Fellows.

This will be the sixth year for the Google Policy Fellowship
which brings qualified student applicants together to work on myriad policy
issues, including cyber-crime, government surveillance and security, public
procurement, trade and open access to information, according to a Feb. 20
post by Nicklas Lundblad, director of public policy for Google, on the*Google
Public Policy Blog*.

"There has never been a more exciting time to get involved," wrote
Lundblad. "We're excited to launch the 6th summer of the Google Policy
Fellowship <>, with new
opportunities to work with organizations from Africa, Europe and Latin
America in addition to ones in the U.S. and Canada. Applications are open
today, and students of all levels and disciplines are welcome to apply
before March 15, 2013."

The 10-week fellowships will have the students working in a wide range of
organizations around the
including ILab Africa or the Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in IT in
Africa or the Asociascón por los Derechos Civiles or Derechos Digitales in
Latin America.

In North America, participants will be able to seek fellowships with the
American Library Association, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the
Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons or the Electronic
Frontier Foundation. Other groups include the Future of Music Coalition,
the Institute for Public Representation, the Internet Education Foundation,
the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Leadership
Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Consumer League. The
National Hispanic Media Coalition , the New America Foundation, Public
Knowledge, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest
Clinic, TechFreedom, the Technology Policy Institute, The Citizen Lab and
the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will also host Google Fellows.

In Europe, Google Fellows will be hosted by Bruegel, the European Centre
for International Political Economy (ECIPE), OpenForum Europe (OFE) and The
Lisbon Council.

The fellowship program was inspired by Google's Summer of Code program,
where students are brought together to learn about the world of open-source
software development. Students who are chosen get the opportunity to spend
the summer "contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and
exploring future academic and professional interests," according to Google.
"Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations
at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content
regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open
government and more."

Their expected contributions will be real, according to the program.
"Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of
their organizations, including conducting policy research and analysis;
drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings
and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities," Google

Students should have a demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and
technology policy, as well as an excellent academic record, including
professional, extracurricular and volunteer activities and subject matter
expertise, according to Google. Applicants should also have first-rate
analytical, communications, research and writing skills, as well as the
ability to manage multiple projects and work well in a fast-paced

Each participant will receive a $7,500
stipend<> for
the summer program upon satisfactory completion of the work. Students can
be enrolled in part-time or full-time studies. Students will be eligible to
receive course credit for their studies, as well.

Google has made a point of creating programs that foster innovation and
ideas in technology around the world.

Google recently awarded its first-ever Google App Engine Research
seven projects that will use the App Engine platform's abilities to work
with large data sets for academic and scientific research. The new program,
which was announced in the spring of 2012, brought in many proposals for a
wide variety of scientific research, including in subject areas such as
mathematics, computer vision, bioinformatics, climate and computer science.

Google's Summer of
will be in its ninth year this summer. The program has involved some 6,000
college and university students from more than 100 countries since its
start in 2005.
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