[ooni-talk] Fwd: Call for Applications: Internet Shutdown Measurements for Activists

Maria Xynou maria at openobservatory.org
Wed Sep 2 15:00:54 UTC 2020

Hi folks!

OONI will be co-facilitating a 6-week training on internet shutdown
measurement for human rights advocates in sub-Saharan Africa.

The deadline to apply is 21st September 2020.

Details are included in the forwarded email below.

Please apply, and share with your networks!

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	[KeepItOn] Call for Applications: Internet Shutdown
Measurements for Activists
Date: 	Tue, 1 Sep 2020 16:07:29 +0000
From: 	Laura Schwartz-Henderson (lhenderson at INTERNEWS.ORG)
<lhenderson at INTERNEWS.ORG>
Reply-To: 	Laura Schwartz-Henderson (lhenderson at INTERNEWS.ORG)
<lhenderson at INTERNEWS.ORG>
To: 	keepiton at lists.riseup.net <keepiton at lists.riseup.net>

Hello Keepiton list! We’re excited to announce an open call for
participants for our Internet Shutdown Measurements for Advocates
program, a 6-week hands-on training program on Open Source network
measurement tools. Please forward the call to your networks and
encourage people from within your own organizations to apply!

* *

*Call for Applications: Internet Shutdown Measurements for Advocates*: A
6-Week Training on Open Source Network Measurement Tools and How to Use
Them, for Advocates in Sub-Saharan Africa**


October 12 - November 13


Internews is excited to announce an open call for participants for our
*Internet Shutdown Measurements for Advocates* training. Through this
6-week hands-on training, participants from Sub-Saharan Africa, will
learn how to collect and analyze internet measurements using a variety
of open source tools and apply these skills to strengthen advocacy
efforts against internet shutdowns.


*About the Training*

This course is intended to provide an introduction on how to use open
source internet measurement tools and datasets for human rights
advocates in Sub-Saharan Africa who are working on initiatives to end or
prevent internet shutdowns in their countries. Through the training,
participants will practice using several open source measurement tools
and datasets, learn how to collect and analyze their own data, reflect
on examples of how advocates have used measurement data to document
shutdowns, and get one-on-one time with trainers to build research plans
and incorporate measurement and documentation into their advocacy.


Applicants will be asked to propose a research question about internet
shutdowns/disruptions that they believe can be answered using network
measurement tools and methods. Throughout the course, as they are
introduced to different open source measurement tools and techniques,
they will work with the trainers to build their projects.


Training sessions will include:


  * Introduction to Network Measurement 
  * Documenting Blackouts
  * Detecting Blocking of Websites and Applications
  * Measuring Internet Performance using open data
  * Contextualizing Your Data: Using Local Insight and Qualitative Research
  * Using Measurements in Advocacy 


This training is made possible through partnerships between Internews
and the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), Measurement
Lab, the Internet Outage and Detection Analysis Project (CAIDA), Access
Now and others.


*Who Should Apply? *

Internews is seeking applications from individuals or groups from
Sub-Saharan Africa who are currently working on advocacy or research
initiatives focused on internet shutdowns, throttling, or blocking, and
who want to learn more about open source tools that they can use to
measure internet disruptions.


Groups of two individuals may apply together, proposing a collaborative
research or advocacy project. Participants do not need to have a
technical background nor a research background to apply, but some
experience with network measurement, data analysis, or other research
skills is a plus. Those working on projects examining how internet
disruptions impact women or marginalized populations are especially
encouraged to apply. 


If offered a position within the training, individuals are expected to
be able to devote at least 5 hours a week throughout the program to
reading/watching materials, participating in a weekly hour-long webinar,
collaborating with mentors and other participants, and building out
their research project. Participants must have reasonably reliable
access to the internet (barring network disruptions) and will be
eligible to receive a small stipend to help cover associated internet


*Application Instructions*

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until *Monday,
September 21*. We encourage applicants to apply early, as space is limited. 

To apply, please fill out the application at
https://forms.gle/HYgxUFqtrGZk654Y6. Applicants who wish to work with
another person as part of a partnership on one research project should
apply separately. 


If you are interested in this training, but you are not based in
Sub-Saharan Africa, please note that the materials for this training
will be made publicly available and the program may be replicated at a
later date for other regions. If you would like to be put on the
outreach list, fill out this brief form
(https://forms.gle/8zf869iaGtHDpH6B8). Please contact
bwhitehead at internews.orgif you any other questions on the application or


*Laura Schwartz-Henderson *

Senior Program Officer

Global Technology Programs, Internews

_lhenderson at internews.org <mailto:lhenderson at internews.org>_ | *Cell

*Address* 1133 15^th  St NW, Suite 350 Washington, DC 20005 USA

https://globaltech.internews.org/ | @internews
<http://www.twitter.com/internews> |




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