MENA Internet Policy Research Methods Course

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Internet Policy Observatory, working with Citizen Lab, ASL19, Ranking Digital Rights, and Kadir Has University’s New Media Department is pleased to announce its 2015 Internet Policy Research Methods Workshop from September 1-4 at Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

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.

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.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

For more information about the program please visit http://globalnetpolicy.org/event/internet-policy-in-the-mena-region-research-methods-for-advocates/.

For the full agenda of the program please see: http://www.global.asc.upenn.edu/app/uploads/2015/04/Internet-Policy-Research-Methods-Agenda-4.14.docx

Please also note that we require all participants to have a laptop to use for the duration of the program.

For questions, please email lsh@asc.upenn.edu.

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