Community Leaders for Internet Health will spotlight internet issues in diverse local community contexts and collaborate with local leaders to engage with tools for open campaigning towards Internet Health. Our program enables people in underrepresented regions to assess the state of the Internet in their community and share their stories on the challenges and opportunities encountered.
Community Leaders for Internet Health was started as an avenue to raise awareness on the internet principles required to maintain a healthy internet ecosystem among youth from underrepresented communities. We realized that although young people now increasingly have access to the Internet, they are not often aware or included in defining best practices that ensure that the internet remains an open, inclusive, bottom-up and safe medium.
Eligibility and Criteria
- Between 18 and 29 years old in 2020.
- Able to dedicate 8 hours per week in March.
- Working on an existing internet related project ( any type of project – academic, activist, research, media etc).
- Good access to internet (this is a web-based program).
- Women are encouraged to apply.
- Applicants working on issues of gender, youth, and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
- This programs aims to identify individuals who can lead community driven projects on internet health.
- In this 6 weeks program, we educate the participants on key internet themes using the issues highlighted in the Internet Health Report as a reference point (openness, privacy & security, web literacy, decentralization and inclusion).
- The participants will also be guided on how to design and implement minor projects on internet health within their community.
- Through these projects, the participants can contribute to the internet health movement by documenting and sharing their experiences in fueling a healthy internet in their community.
Awards and Benefits
- Showcasing the Community Leaders for Internet Health program at MozFest 2019 enabled us to get relevant feedback on ways to make the program more impactful.
- We were able to build upon Mozilla Festival 2018 in which we showcased the Digital Rights Monopoly game to bring awareness on digital inclusion issues affecting young people we are working with.
- In 2020, we are putting our two MozFest experiences into practice.
- Through our 6 week program, participants will collaboratively learn open leadership models necessary for raising awareness on the impact of the internet on society.
- The participants will also receive guidance on open campaigning for the Internet Health Report from their assigned mentors.
- We believe the collaboration between mentors and community leaders will keep the internet health movement active even up to the next MozFest.
How To Apply
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