Announcing Year 2 Open Web Fellows Call for Applications!


Today the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program opens its call for applications for our second year. We’re seeking talented developers, activists, educators and other technologists eager to protect the open Internet. The goal? Combat threats to digital freedom and defend policy that keeps the Web open and free.

Our 2016 cohort will be a global group. This year’s host organizations are:

Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law —Nairobi, Kenya
The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto—Toronto, Canada—New York, NY
Data & Society—New York, NY
Derechos Digitales—Santiago, Chile
European Digital Rights (EDRi) —Brussels, Belgium
Freedom of the Press Foundation—San Francisco, CA
Privacy International—London, United Kingdom

The application window is open until March 20. New fellows will be announced in June and will begin work in September of this year.

For more information, and to view the application, visit



This is great, especially to see that fellows will be hosted in the Global South. I’m wondering how can SMEX become a part of this program? We’re desperate to keep up with the changes in policy affecting digital rights in MENA and are trying to get funding for fellows through other programs, but it would great to be a part of this. Any advice is welcome. Meanwhile we’ll promote the announcement.



Hi Jessica,

Thanks for sharing the application!
We will have a call for 2017 host organizations later this year. I’ll put you on our list to make sure we encourage you to apply. You can also follow our updates via Twitter @MozillaAdvocacy and our blog:

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