20 October 2019

The Internet Democracy Project works towards realising feminist visions of the digital in society, by exploring and addressing power imbalances in the areas of norms, governance and infrastructure, through in-depth research, advocacy and debate.

Among our current priorities is the development of a feminist approach to data. In particular, we are conducting groundbreaking work that explores how our conceptualisation of our bodies is fundamentally changing as the line between our physical bodies and our virtual bodies is becoming increasingly irrelevant. We now have three openings on our team to explore the policy implications of these paradigmatic shifts in how we see our bodies (and thus data) for data governance: we are looking for a Policy and Advocacy Lead, a Senior Researcher, and a Researcher.

The starting date for each position is as soon as possible. All positions are full-time and require a commitment until at least April 2021. All positions also require you to have access to a fest, reliable Internet connection as the Internet Democracy Project does not have an office.

To apply, please email your resume and a message explaining why you think you are a good fit for the position you are interested in to anja@internetdemocracy.in. Those applying for a research position should also send two writing samples.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, and so we encourage you to apply early – these positions will be closed as soon as we have found the right persons.

More about our work can be found here:

https://internetdemocracy.in | http://genderingsurveillance.in

Policy and Advocacy Lead

Role

Your overall responsibility will be to design and implement a policy and advocacy strategy for our work on bodies and data governance. In practice, this will mean that you will have to be a strategist, expert, advocate, partner, bridge builder, translator, manager and leader, all rolled into one. Among other things, you will:

  • Engage closely with formal policy processes that concern data in India and feed the findings of this project into these processes, including through written and oral interventions, participation in panel discussions, seminars and conferences, op-eds and news articles and personal meetings with decision makers.

  • Engage closely with social movements and human rights communities on policy issues relating to data and the relationship between its governance and human rights, especially of those marginalised – be it through seminars and conferences or personal meetings.

  • Work closely and consistently with the project researchers to make sure that • research is immediately relevant to pressing policy dilemmas; • concrete lessons from the research are distilled throughout the research process; • new questions, concerns and solutions that emerge from conversations with social movements and human rights communities are fed into the research framework and policy solutions that are developed; • research findings are translated into advocacy outputs tailored to the evolving needs of decision makers.

  • Ensure that the presentation of all advocacy outputs aimed at policy makers and expert audiences are tailored to their specific needs, and coordinate the production of these outputs. You might also be responsible for writing them, with the support of the researchers.

  • Coordinate the production of a range of creative advocacy outputs that are specifically tailored to the needs of social movements and human rights communities, to journalists, and or to broader audiences.

  • Lead the design, conceptualisation and implementation of a more general communication strategy around the research.

  • Identify new strategic opportunities as they emerge (events, new contacts, etc) and formulate as well as execute proposals to adjust the work plan to integrate these and maximise them – including by producing targeted writing and other advocacy outputs in a timely fashion.

  • Decide the topics and schedule of events, to maximise their strategic value, and lead their organisation.

  • Take responsibility for any other policy and advocacy related project management tasks as required, including supervisions of others in the implementation of communication strategies etc.

Who are you?

  • A feminist, with a strong sense of social justice and of the potential of technology-related policy to further this, ideally from a feminist perspective.

  • Strategic thinker, with great sensitivity to identitying advocacy opportunities as they present themselves and maximising them.

  • Ideally 3 to 5 years of experience in an advocacy role, preferably in a related field you identify.

  • Ideally close connections with one or more social movements in India, including the feminist and sexuality rights movements.

  • Excellent communicator, able to convey complex legal and philosophical concepts and issues into messages that resonate with a wide variety of audiences, both as a writer and public speaker, as well as excellent listening skills.

  • Media savvy, able to respond quickly to current events and to work on short deadlines when required.

  • Relationship-builder who is personable and thrives on engaging with people.

  • Pro-active initiative taker, with strong abilities to self-manage and excellent at multitasking, follow-up and follow-through, as well as highly organised, with an eye for detail. Experience managing others is a plus.

  • Willingness to travel.

  • Educational background in law, public policy or the social sciences.

This person will need to be based in Delhi.

Renumeration is based on experience.

Senior Researcher

Role

An imaginative and deeply analytical thinker, your core responsibility will be to lead the design and execution of a research project applying our perspectives to the field of artificial intelligence in India, including a thorough investigation of the policy implications of any findings.

As a Senior Researcher, you will also:

  • Contribute to planning all related research in coordination with the rest of the team.

  • Work closely with the Policy and Advocacy Lead to ensure that • all research is immediately relevant to pressing policy dilemmas; • concrete lessons from all research are distilled throughout the research process; • research findings are translated into advocacy outputs tailored to the evolving needs of decision makers across all research.

  • Contribute research and writing for the development of interventions in policy processes, be they formal or informal, as required by the Policy and Advocacy Lead.

  • Contribute to the dissemination and popularisation of research findings through public speaking engagements, private meetings, in engagement with the media, etc.

  • Take responsibility for any research-related project management tasks as required, including supporting colleagues who have methodological questions, supervision of others, and additional input into the work of the Policy and Advocacy Lead where needed.

Who are you?

Whatever your gender, you identify as a feminist, and have a strong sense of social justice and of the potential of technology-related policy to further this, ideally from a feminist perspective.

You feel comfortable with and are able to make connections between a wide range of different perspectives: concrete details and abstract concepts; discourse and political economy; as well as across a range of disciplines. You are an excellent observer and listener, and have a deeply analytical mind.

You are an outstanding communicator, and are able to convey complex legal and philosophical concepts and issues clearly, both as a writer and a public speaker. You want your research to be read and understood by wide audiences, and so are continuously trying to improve your skills at communicating your findings effectively.

In addition, you:

  • Have three to five years of research experience or a PhD, preferably in a related field. Fieldwork experience is a big plus.

  • Have an educational background in social sciences, public policy or law, at least at the Masters level.

  • Have expertise in either feminist theory around bodies, sexuality and related topics or digital rights related issues.

  • Are a pro-active self-starter, with strong abilities to self-manage. Experience managing others is a plus.

  • Are willing to travel, including in relation to fieldwork.

Ideally you are based in Delhi, Bangalore, or Mumbai, although we will consider applications from suitable candidates based elsewhere in India.

Renumeration is based on experience.

Researcher

Role

An imaginative and analytical thinker, your core responsibility will be to conduct research and provide research assistance to other team members on a range of issues relevant to the body and data perspective, including on questions around consent and facial recognition.

As a Researcher, you will in addition:

  • Contribute to planning of research in coordination with the rest of the team.

  • Work closely with the Senior Researcher to ensure that • your research is immediately relevant to pressing policy dilemmas; • concrete lessons from your research are distilled throughout the research process; • your research findings are translated into advocacy outputs tailored to the evolving needs of decision makers.

  • Contribute research and writing for the development of interventions in policy processes, be they formal or informal, and provide supports to others in doing so, as required.

  • Contribute to the dissemination and popularisation of research findings through public speaking engagements and private meetings.

  • Take responsibility for any project coordination tasks, including the organisation of events for a wide variety of audiences, coordination of the production and dissemination of advocacy outputs, and the implementation of our communication strategies, both online and offline, as required by the Policy and Advocacy Lead or Senior Researcher.

Who are you?

Whatever your gender, you identify as a feminist, and have a strong sense of social justice and of the potential of technology-related policy to further this, ideally from a feminist perspective.

You are able to make connections between concrete details and abstract concepts, and are comfortable with working across disciplines and exploring different research approaches.

You are an excellent observer and listener, with an analytical mind. You have strong communication skills, both as a writer and a public speaker. You want your research to be read and understood by wide audiences, and so are continuously trying to improve your skills at communicating your findings effectively.

In addition, you:

  • Have 1 to 3 years of research experience, preferably in a related field. Fieldwork experience is a big plus.

  • Have an educational background in social sciences, public policy or law, ideally at the Masters level.

  • Have experience in either feminist theory around bodies, sexuality and related topics or digital rights related issues.

  • Are a pro-active self-starter, with strong abilities to self-manage.

  • Have great attention to detail, and are able to stick to tight deadlines.

  • Are willing to travel.

Ideally you are based in Delhi, although we will consider applications from suitable candidates based elsewhere in India.

Renumeration is based on experience.