Digital Grassroots held its third Community Leaders program from 19 April to 28 May 2021. The program’s focus was Internet Advocacy and built upon the Open Internet for Democracy Playbook by the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative.
At its core, the program sought to raise awareness on Internet Advocacy in local communities to enable grassroots communities to share their unique internet advocacy experiences. Six Community Leaders from five countries were selected to be part of this program including (in alphabetical order); Aubin Zoh from Côte d’Ivoire, David Aragort from Venezuela, Isaac Oloruntimilehin from Nigeria, Mauricia Abdol Tshilunda from South Africa, Taona Makolija from Malawi, and Victor Uahomo from Nigeria.
The Community Leaders for Internet Advocacy was a six-week online learning experience that delved into pertinent issues relating to Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Accessibility, Privacy and Data Protection, among more.
The program culminated into a two-week mentorship in which we matched each Community Leader with industry experts including (in alphabetical order); Carlos Iglesias, Eduardo Carillo, Emmanuel Vitus, Iris Boyer, Marco Konopacki, Meri Baghdasaryan, Muthoni Muriithi, and Solana Larsen. The mentorship phase was critical in building capacity for the future internet leaders.
Digital Grassroots is grateful to the community leaders, mentors, and the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative for making this cohort possible. Read the full report here.