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Developing the Next Generation of Internet Champions – Internet Society’s Early Career Fellowship

How do we help develop the next generation of champions for an open Internet? As many of us who were involved in the early years of the Internet are getting older, how do we help inspire a new wave of advocates for an open Internet available to everyone? As we face so many threats to “the Internet way” from many different forces—governments, corporations, criminals, and other organizations—how do we help build the corp of people who understand Internet technology and policy issues and can help shape the future of this Internet we have all come to rely on?

There are many possible answers to these questions we all need to be thinking about. My colleagues at the Internet Society are offering one path in the form of a new Early Career Fellowship. Aimed at people who are just beginning in their careers in the Internet space, the program connects participants with leading instructors and thinkers, including American University’s Professor Dr. Laura DeNardis and scholars from the Oxford Internet Institute. The goal is to help the fellows understand both the worlds of technology and policy, and the intersection of both, so that they can help guide the future evolution of the Internet and our ever-more-connected society.

Applications are open now for the 15 members of first group of fellows—with a deadline of April 11. The 24 weeks of sessions will begin in late June 2021.

You can learn more and share the information with others at:

This video provides an overview of the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ii-5vPBeU8

By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society

Dan is the Director, Online Content, for the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are his own. View more of Dan’s writing and audio here.

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