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[liberationtech] Fwd: Internet Policy in the MENA Region: Research Methods for Advocates

Steven Clift clift at e-democracy.org
Thu May 7 12:27:56 PDT 2015


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From: "CGCS Assistant" <cgcsassistant at asc.upenn.edu>
Date: May 7, 2015 10:38 AM
Subject: Internet Policy in the MENA Region: Research Methods for Advocates
To: "team at e-democracy.org" <team at e-democracy.org>
Cc:

 To Whom It May Concern:

 We would appreciate it if you could send this call for applications to the
e-news listserv. Thank you.

 The Center for Global Communication Studies

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 The Internet Policy Observatory presents:

 Internet Policy in the MENA Region: Research Methods for Advocates
September 1-4, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

 Application Deadline:  May 15, 2015

 Application available at http://goo.gl/forms/UVH7128nvE

 As activists and researchers around the world endeavor to influence
internet policymaking processes and raise awareness about the importance of
protecting the open internet, the need for relevant, advanced internet
policy research methods among advocates is brought into stark relief. This
need is particularly great in the broader MENA region, where observers are
witnessing increasing levels of government control online, inadequate
legislation supportive of a robust and secure cyberspace, as well as
increasingly sophisticated security risks to journalists, researchers, and
activists. These issues are further complicated by the political, economic,
and cultural dynamics that are specific to the region.

 Recognizing the importance of advocacy and policy efforts that make use of
methodologically rigorous and contextually appropriate research as well as
the need for a deeper engagement with the local environments that shape
internet policy issues, the Annenberg School for Communication’s Internet
Policy Observatory has teamed up with Citizen Lab, ASL19, Ranking Digital
Rights, Social Media Exchange, 7iber, and Kadir Has University’s New Media
Department to develop an Internet Policy Research Methods Workshop. This
program will bring together young scholars and activists working in digital
rights and the internet policy space in an intensive four day practicum
that provides a survey of both qualitative and quantitative, online and
offline research methods with the goal of enhancing and advancing their
advocacy efforts.

 The Internet Policy Research Methods program seeks applications from
activists, advocates and those working at NGOs, and early career
researchers working and studying in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prospective applicants should have a particular area of interest related to
internet governance and policymaking, censorship, surveillance, internet
access, political engagement online, protection of human rights online, or
corporate governance in the ICT sector. Applicants will be asked to bring a
specific research question to the program to be developed and
operationalized through trainings and one-on-one mentorship with top
researchers and experts from around the world.

 The program will provide skill-building tutorials on defining problems and
framing research questions, conducting desk and archival research, policy
mapping, questionnaire/interview design and techniques, conducting surveys
and public opinion research, network measurement, social network analysis,
data visualization, maximizing influence, research dissemination and
promotional strategies, developing proposals for funding, actionable
research agendas and evaluating project impact.

 We encourage individuals from the MENA region in the academic (early
career), NGO, and public policy sectors to apply. The course will be
conducted in English and applicants should have high proficiency in English
in order to interact with experts, lecturers and other participants who
will come from diverse backgrounds. To apply for the 2015 Summer Research
Institute, please visit the online form (http://goo.gl/forms/UVH7128nvE).

 A limited pool of funding in the form of travel support is available and
will be allocated based on the strength of the application, fit with the
workshop, and demonstrated need. If you require funding support, please
indicate as such in the online form (http://goo.gl/forms/UVH7128nvE).

 For more information about the program, please contact lsh at asc.upenn.edu.
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