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Community Leaders for Internet Advocacy

Eligibility

– Aged between 18 and 29 in 2021 – Working on an existing Internet Advocacy issue in your community – Available to dedicate 5 hours per week for six weeks in April and May 2021 – Commitment to your Internet Advocacy project – Good access to internet (this is a web-based program)

Digital Grassroots has opened the call for the third cohort of the Community Leaders for Internet Advocacy. This cohort will build upon the work of Open Internet for Democracy Leaders by engaging in the principles of a democratic internet and adapting the Open Internet for Democracy Advocacy Playbook. The Community Leaders for Internet Advocacy will be young leaders from underrepresented communities who are using the internet for advocacy and democratic participation.

For the past two years, we have collaborated with community leaders across the globe to strengthen their work. Cohort 1 was focused on internet freedom, which we did in collaboration with the Internet Freedom Festival. Cohort 2 was done as part of the Mozilla Open Leaders X program in which we focused on Internet Health and even released our Community Leaders for Internet Health report with support from the Mozilla Internet Health Report team. We are just as eager in cohort 3 to be collaborating with the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative in strengthening the work of young internet advocates who are passionate about the open internet, democracy, and equality online. Our Founder and Chief Strategist is an Open Internet for Democracy Leader and the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative has generously offered their support for this program.

WHO CAN APPLY?

 

We are keen on welcoming young people from communities that are underrepresented in the Internet space. We want to amplify the work you’re already doing and connect you to new communities. Our program welcomes young people from all backgrounds with a diversity of experiences. If you fit the eligibility criteria, do apply before 14 March 2021.

 

Girls, young women and applicants working at the intersection of gender, youth, and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The program runs from April to May 2021.

 

This is not paid program.

Apply for the Digital Natives Youth Connect Board

The Digital Natives Youth Connect Board is an initiative by Digital Grassroots to enable young people to tackle community engagement issues for digital inclusion in underrepresented regions.

 

Digital Grassroots is a female and youth-led non-profit working to increase digital citizenship in local communities. We are youth leaders in the Generation Equality Action Coalition for Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality, which is led by UN Women, Mexico, and France. We have partnered with global organizations such as Mozilla Foundation, Internet Society, and Internet Freedom Festival to implement community engagement projects for youth inclusion in internet health, internet governance, and digital rights issues in local communities. In 2020, we were finalists in the Access category for ITUs Equals In Tech awards. We were also nominated by WSIS for Ethics in cyberspace.

 

We are registered in Nigeria and maximize the potential of the internet for our global network of digital natives which includes 128 ambassadors and 15 Community Leaders in over 60 countries, 7 programs in 3 years, and a global leadership team. We apply the principles of working open and leading open.

 

Our distributed model of leadership allows us to create pathways for grassroots communities to interact with our work and create global networks through the application of open internet principles. We work online and are a diverse team open to contributors who uphold the values of an open, inclusive, and healthy internet.

 

As part of the Digital Natives Youth Connect Board, you will be one of the young people shaping the future of technology and innovation across the globe.

 

Whilst, being a member of this Board is a non-remunerated position, we believe that the community collaboration, leadership growth, and ability to create change in the world will be an enriching experience.

 

Apply for one of the five available roles as a member of this new board.

Application deadline

9 March 2021

Objectives of the Digital Native Youth Connect Board

– INTERNET ADVOCACY. Serve in an active advisory and implementation role on engaging young people in solving internet issues at a grassroots level by creating services that respond to the digital needs of underserved communities
– INTERNET HEALTH. Build online communities as a collective of young changemakers working towards a more open, equal, and healthy internet through youth participation in Internet Governance
– INTERNET FREEDOM. Take part in hands-on collaborative efforts with Digital Grassroots to connect grassroots communities to institutions that enhance their autonomy in digital citizenship

Benefits of the board

– Be part of a global youth organization shifting the landscape on youth participation in Internet Governance.
– Center your work and that of your community at a high level, with an opportunity to showcase it to world leaders and leading organizations.
– Contribute to bridging the gender divide in Internet Governance, Technology, and Innovation.
– Be part of the decision-making process that is positively shining light on the issues young people in underrepresented communities are facing
– Be part of a community of like-minded, ethical, and visionary young leaders who are ready to change the world.

The board eligibility requirements

– Below 35 years old

– Proven dedication towards community engagement for digital inclusion
– 5 hours per week availability
– Good internet connectivity
– Healthy and professional work ethics
– Ability to collaborate and communicate with multicultural teams
– Active knowledge and participation in global internet governance and ICT related events

 

There are no restrictions on region, gender, and background.

The board roles

– Board Secretariat
– Communications focal point
– Community Engagements focal point
– Events focal point
– Resource and Partnerships focal point

BOARD SECRETARIATE

The work of Digital Grassroots is sustained through intentional administrative functions and collaboration among all the team members. We set our intentions through measurable objectives, and assign ourselves meaningful work that allows us to make the most of our potential whilst embracing a healthy work-life balance. As core leaders of Digital Grassroots, we ensure that our commitment to the values of care, intention, collaboration, open leadership, and equity are centered in our practice and trickles down to our community. We can only achieve this by being organized, documenting our processes, and ensuring that our open leadership principles are embedded in all we do.

 
ROLE DELIVERABLES:
– Serve as the point of contact of the Digital Natives Youth Connect Board both internally and externally
– Maintain the calendar, dates, and task sheets of the board
– Offer direct support with documentation and minute keeping on behalf of the board
– Lead in writing outcome reports based on the board activities
– Lead in monitoring and evaluation of the board’s objectives and offer remedies where needed

EVENTS FOCAL POINT

Community engagement events, ICT-related conferences, internet-related public policy meetings, international days for recognizing milestones and achievement for women, ICT, and STEM make up a big part of our youth advocacy at Digital Grassroots. We believe in the power of networking and collaborations at these events to promote our organizational achievements and raise awareness on the challenges and opportunities for digital inclusion for youth in underrepresent communities. Events provide a platform for our community to provide input or feedback on our work and also to update us on emerging internet issues that affect their inclusion.

 

ROLE DELIVERABLES:
– Lead on events curation, administration, and documentation
– Attend key-related events on behalf of Digital Grassroots and the Board
– Identify and organize events or social media activities in line with key internet-related dates
– Write event blogs and summaries to be uploaded on the website
– Report back to Digital Grassroots and the Board on key findings, connections, and outcomes of events

COMMUNICATIONS FOCAL POINT

Digital Grassroots pays a lot of attention to communicating the strides young people are making in the internet space with our community and partners. For us, communication is everything. To remain connected to our vibrant youth network we maintain an active and open communication channel with them through our social media pages, website, email, and newsletters. To ensure that our messages remain intentional, clear, and in line with our organizational objectives, we make use of branding and communication techniques for all of our platform updates.

 

ROLE DELIVERABLES:
– Curate content and post regularly on Digital Grassroots Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts
– Spotlight our community stories bi-weekly for our blog and newsletters by corresponding with board members, ambassadors, community leaders, and global activities related to our work.
– Document all related content and file them accordingly
– Create a brand strategy and communication plan for the organization and board

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOCAL POINT 

At the heart of Digital Grassroots is our vibrant youth community. Through the various projects that we implement, we have grown this network to consist of our 128 ambassadors and community leaders from 63 countries. We desire to further expand this network by designing and implementing more community engagement projects and supporting the present network members to carry out their individual community engagement activities.

 

ROLE DELIVERABLES:
– Curate and maintain communication channels for our existing community of Ambassadors and Community Leaders
– Serve as a point of contact between the board and the community
– Source and spotlight community stories and share these with the Communications lead
– Maintain a good community rapport and safety based on Digital Grassroots values by enforcing a code of conduct both internally and externally
– Collaborate with the Resource and Partnerships person to identify and connect with the new community from all stakeholders for opportunities that are beneficial to our community

RESOURCE AND PARTNERSHIP FOCAL POINT 

At Digital Grassroots we are working to ensure that young people have the platform, capacity, and resources to address internet issues affecting their community. We do this with the generous support of our community, partners, and funders. We actively advocate to have young people as a core part of Internet Governance and its processes, and to do so we have to innovate the way we work so that our projects have an impact, are rooted in the grassroots, and remain sustainable.

 

ROLE DELIVERABLES:
– Lead in the process of grant writing, and partnership applications
– Document all past applications, their outcomes, and next steps
– Lead in bookkeeping on behalf of the board and Digital Grassroots
– Engage in stakeholder mapping to identify opportunities for the board
– Take part in partnership meetings and follow up until the process is complete

JOIN US!

Young Women Leading Technology and Innovation Youth Roundtable

The ‘Young Women Leading Tech and Innovation’ was a youth roundtable hosted by the Generation Equality Action Leaders Digital Grassroots on 27th January 2021. The 90-minute session was attended by over 190 participants from at least 30 countries across the globe. It featured four keynote speakers who brought their perspectives to four key priority areas of the Action Coalition for Technology and Innovation:

 

  • Valentina Muñoz Rabanal (Chile), Programmer and president of AMUJI, talked about the development of gender-transformative tech solutions.
  • Somaya Faruqi (Afghanistan), Leader of the Afghan Girls Robotic Team, talked about bridging the gender gap in digital access and literacy.
  • Jianne Soriano (Hong Kong), Advocate for Women and Ethnic Minorities, Youth4IG Outreach Lead, talked about building safe digital spaces for women, free from abuse.
  • Charlette N’Guessan (Ivory Coast), CEO of BACE Group, talked about building inclusive innovation ecosystems.

 

The youth roundtable opened with Audrey Fontaine, a member of the Generation Equality Youth Task Force. Representatives from Digital Grassroots, Uffa Modey, and Esther Mwema, gave opening and closing remarks, and Anouchka Dybal (Action Coalitions Secretariat, UN
Women) moderated the session.

 

The roundtable was built as an interactive dialogue which provided participants with the opportunity to share their views and react to the speakers’ inspiring statements.

AI Wellness Space at MozFest 2021

AI Wellness is a transformative space-changing artificial intelligence into authentic intelligence. This Space will channel community knowledge and experiences with technology to inform the future of human-centered AI that benefits society and individuals.

 

If you are a dreamer, innovator, artist, technologist, storyteller, healer, or defender of healthy online communities, please join us.

 

We invite you to contribute by sharing stories about how AI shapes our lives, by demystifying technology with understanding, and by creating community-centered solutions for healthier AI.

 

Together, we will envision AI that promotes joy, healing, and wellbeing for all.

 

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Global Culture and Heritage Space at MozFest 2021

Have you ever wondered who we are, where we come from, and where are we going? We each carry with us our own culture which shapes our everyday lives and perspectives. Our paths converge on the internet: a digital space for preserving history, celebrating heritage, and learning what we share and what makes us unique. The Global Culture and Heritage Space at MozFest is a welcoming space for diverse people to bask in their heritage and share tips on how they’ve created dynamic cultural communities – both online and in-person.

 

MozFest 2021 tickets are live now and we would like to invite you to join us in the Global Culture and Heritage Space.

 

Why Global Culture And Heritage?

Are you looking to spice up your work and make it more accommodating and inclusive of others? MozFest has always provided a unique platform for technologies, governments, small and big tech companies, and everyday internet users to converge for electrifying activities that build trustworthy AI and shape a healthy internet. This year, it’s time to re-discover and map the paths of our culture and heritage at this collaborative festival. The Global Culture and Heritage Space will empower us to think critically about which cultures are not widely recognized and how to connect with other ways from different walks of life from our own.

Who Should Attend Global Culture And Heritage Sessions and Events?

This Space is open to everyone who would like to share their cultural experience as it affects their community and those who are interested in discussing solutions to problematic societal and cultural norms that influence the digital space. Bring your home culture to MozFest through the many exciting festival experiences hosted within this Space. Participants will learn more about the importance of global cultural considerations – both online and offline – while developing trustworthy AI. The Global Culture and Heritage Space will also explore digital inclusion issues faced by minority cultures, sharing important bits of their culture that require support from all of us to preserve their heritage through modern-day tech.

Meet The Space Wranglers

Global Culture and Heritage Space Wranglers at MozFest 2021

Global Culture and Heritage Space Wranglers at MozFest 2021

Be Part of Virtual Mozilla Festival 2021

DIGRA at Mozfest 2019

Digital Grassroots has been part of the Mozilla Community since 2018. This year, we are excited that co-Founder and Global Lead Uffa Modey is a Mozilla Festival Wrangler in the Global Culture and Heritage space. Our Founder and Chief Strategist, Esther Mwema is a Mozilla Festival Ambassador and is also wrangling the AI Wellness Space. We are eager to have our community join as facilitators in the first ever Virtual Mozilla Festival taking place in March 2021.

 

The Mozilla Festival 2021 Call for Proposals is now open. MozFest is looking for incredible, participatory, accessible, and inclusive sessions about #trustworthyAI and other topics! MozFest is co-designed with the community, welcoming sessions on a wide range of topics relevant to trustworthy AI and the internet health movement. MozFest harnesses the collective power of unexpected partnerships — from analog artists and public interest technologists to policymakers and queer activists — to creatively disrupt the status quo and reframe and reimagine our online world.

Whether your session application consists of digital storytelling, lecture series, AI workshops, community-centred think tanks, or a combination or none of these, we are looking to work with individuals and groups who are critically exploring issues around the development and implementation of AI.

Anyone can submit a session – you don’t need any particular expertise, just a great project or idea and the desire to collaborate and learn from festival participants. Since it’s online this year, we’re especially eager to see session proposals from those that haven’t been able to attend in year’s past due to travel restrictions. We have some tips on how to design your inclusive and engaging session.

If you or someone you know is interested in leading a session at MozFest next year in March 2021, you can submit your session idea here! The deadline is November 23, 2020.    You are also invited to contribute to 6 Trustworthy AI Projects here. We look forward to having you be part of the #InternetHealth movement.

Ambassadors Program Mini-Hackathon

Digital Grassroots Ambassadors Program provides a soft landing introduction to internet governance and digital rights issues for youth from underrepresented regions. However, as digital technologies and human lives evolve daily, the program content needs to be constantly updated in order to keep up with the trends and challenges faced by our vibrant community.

 

The 3-day Ambassadors Program Mini-Hackathon was an open event that created a platform for everyone concerned about internet technology to review the DIGRA Internet Literacy Course content and provide insight into relevant information that should be included in the course in order to make it more impactful and relatable to underserved youth.

Meet the Expert Moderators

  • DGRA hackathon expert moderator 1
  • DIGRA hackathon expert moderator 2

Resources

  1. Day 1 – meeting recording
  2. Day 2 – meeting recording
  3. Day 3 – meeting recording
  4. AP mini-hackathon resource directory

What next?

Special thanks to our amazing community members who joined us for this 3-days activity and shared their valuable insights and knowledge with us.

 

The outcomes of this hackathon will be updated in the next version of the DIGRA ILC and made openly accessible by the community.

 

Do you have ideas, comments, or questions about how we can make this activity bigger and better? Would you like to contribute to this hackathon in the future? If yes, we will love to hear from you. Please reach out to Team DIGRA via email.

DIGRA Virtual Community Chill

Folks, it’s been a minute and we have missed you here at Digital Grassroots.

 

We are back with an exciting event dubbed the DIGRA Virtual Community Chill. We are eager to give you updates on what has been going on behind the scenes. You will all meet our new cool team of young community leaders who are shaping the evolution of Digital Grassroots; from Ambassador to a team member -Isn’t that cool?

 

This event is for you, our DIGRA community to get to know avenues through which you can actively partner with us and contribute to our initiatives in your context. We will also use this opportunity, to update you on our upcoming projects and share pathways for you to get involved in our activities going forward.

Digital Grassroots engages youth in internet governance, connects grassroots communities to institutions that enhance their autonomy in digital citizenship, and creates services that respond to the digital needs of underserved communities. We uphold the values of working and leading open and this event embodies just that. We are creating this space for us to interact better, listen to your community concerns, and have you openly meet our new team members.

Sign up to join us on 18th September 2020 from 10 am – 11.30 am UTC.
You can sign up until 1 hour before the event when we will send out the Zoom link to all who registered.

 

We look forward to having you at our virtual community chill. Cheers from Team DIGRA

Sharing Perspectives from Underrepresented Communities on Internet Inclusion and Governance

What challenges do youth from underrepresented communities face in developing global policy for ICT  and digital technology and what opportunities exist for their inclusion? 

In the next 5 minutes, we will like to hear your youth voice on;

How can youth learn about core internet principles relating to openness, privacy, security, inclusion, and decentralization? 

How can youth contribute to global policy development that shape our digital future? 

What role do internet stakeholder organizations have to play in promoting digital literacy for internet governance among youth? 

 

The outcomes of this survey will feed into our organizational research for young people from underrepresented communities globally to relay  their concerns and aspirations on how to impactfully engage internet governance issues.

To be presented at RightsCon Online 2020.

 

Kindly complete by 24 JULY 2020