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Digi­tal Free­dom Fund (Stif­tung) - Digi­tal Rights NGO

The Digi­tal Free­dom Fund works to advance digi­tal rights through stra­te­gic liti­ga­tion in Europe. We do this through grants to sup­port the legal, advo­cacy, rese­arch, and other costs invol­ved in liti­ga­tion; through faci­li­ta­ting liti­ga­tors’ access to pro­bono legal sup­port; and through faci­li­ta­ting skill deve­lop­ment and net­wor­king in the digi­tal rights field.

Work­ing Stu­dent for pro­ject "Decol­on­ising the Digital Rights Field"

DFF is seek­ing a Stu­dent Con­sult­ant to sup­port the plan­ning of meet­ings, take care of doc­u­ment­a­tion and note tak­ing, con­duct ad hoc research, and assist with the devel­op­ment of a pro­posal for the design pro­cess. The pos­i­tion will run from Janu­ary –Octo­ber 2020 and the Stu­dent Con­sult­ant will work dir­ectly with the Dir­ector.

Work­ing field:

The digital rights field in its cur­rent form shows a clear under rep­res­ent­a­tion –if not total absence –of a num­ber of con­stitu­en­cies such as minor­ity groups, those with dis­ab­il­it­ies, and the LGB­TQI+ com­munity. More gen­er­ally, an inter­sec­tional approach to digital rights issues is lack­ing. This is an alarm­ing situ­ation: the digital rights field can­not prop­erly serve its “watch­dog” func­tion of pro­tect­ing human rights for all in online and net­worked spaces if its com­pos­i­tion causes it to have too many blind spots. DFF wants to help set in motion a decol­on­ising pro­cess to help change this in a way that goes bey­ond token­ism and can bring about struc­tural change. This is a longer-term pro­cess that requires a tiered approach. Through Octo­ber 2020, DFF will com­mence with an ini­tial scop­ing phase to con­sult rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers for their views on what a mean­ing­ful decol­on­ising pro­cess of the digital rights field would look like. The activ­it­ies dur­ing this phase con­sist of a series of con­sulta­tion meet­ings, fol­lowed by an informal plan­ning meet­ing in the fall. These activ­it­ies will res­ult in a pro­posal fora design pro­cess, sched­uled for the end of 2020 through the fall of 2021, for the devel­op­ment of a 3-year strategy to start an inti­tial decol­on­ising pro­cess for the digital rights field in Europe in 2022.
DFF is seek­ing a Stu­dent Con­sult­ant to sup­port the plan­ning of meet­ings, take care of doc­u­ment­a­tion and note tak­ing, con­duct ad hoc research, and assist with the devel­op­ment of a pro­posal for the design pro­cess. The pos­i­tion will run from Janu­ary –Octo­ber 2020 and the Stu­dent Con­sult­ant will work dir­ectly with the Dir­ector.

Require­ments:

The Stu­dent Con­sult­ant’s time will be fully ded­ic­ated to sup­port­ing the smooth run­ning of the pro­ject, includ­ing through the fol­low­ing tasks:
  • Assist­ing in the plan­ning of con­sulta­tion meet­ings and a final con­sulta­tion meet­ing, includ­ing the iden­ti­fic­a­tion of rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers, cap­tur­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the con­tent and out­comes and, where required, the pre­par­a­tion of inform­a­tion for par­ti­cipants and coordin­a­tion of logist­ics;
  • Con­duct­ing ad hoc research as required;
  • Assist­ing in the external com­mu­nic­a­tion about the pro­ject;
  • Assist­ing in the con­cep­tu­al­isa­tion and draft­ing of a pro­posal for a design pro­cess for a decol­on­ising pro­gramme.

What we of­fer:

The pos­i­tion is for two days per week plus addi­tional days for draft­ing the pro­posal at the end of the pro­ject. The pro­ject will run from Janu­ary through Octo­ber 2020. For stu­dents cur­rently enrolled at a Ger­man uni­versity, the pos­i­tion can be taken on as part-time stu­dent employ­ment allowed under Ger­man law. For recent gradu­ates, you must have work per­mis­sion for Ger­many.

How to ap­ply:

Please send the fol­low­ing to info@digitalfreedomfund.org with "DFF Stu­dent Con­sult­ant Decol­on­ising Pro­cess" in the sub­ject line:
  • State­ment of motiv­a­tion (1 page)
  • CV (2 pages)
  • A writ­ing sample (1-2 pages)
  • Names of two pro­fes­sional ref­er­ences
Ref­er­ences will not be con­tac­ted without prior approval of the applic­ant.

Dead­line for applic­a­tions is 18 Decem­ber 2019 with a pre­ferred start date of Janu­ary 2020.