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Working group rapporteur

About the Forum on Information & Democracy

The Forum on Information & Democracy is an international entity providing recommendations for the regulation and self regulation of the global space of information and communication. It was founded by 11 independent organizations from around the world including Reporters without Borders (RSF), the Human Rights Center of UC Berkeley, the Open Government Partnership and CIVICUS. You can learn more about the Forum at www.informationdemocracy.org

The Forum on Information and Democracy announced on June 23rd, 2020 the launch of its first international and interdisciplinary working group to address some of the most pressing issues in the digital space. The steering committee, whose full composition will be announced on July 6th, 2020, is co-chaired by Maria Ressa and Marietje Schaake.

The group will be asked to make recommendations for bringing online content moderation into compliance with international standards, promoting the reliability of information, regulating private messaging services that exploit the possibilities of the public space, and making digital platforms transparent about their business models and algorithmic choices. A call for contributions will be published mid-July.

The group should also be supported by the States of the Alliance for Multilateralism and its recommandations should be published on the occasion of the third edition of the Paris Peace Forum.

Responsibilities

The Rapporteur will :

  • Compile, categorize, and analyze contributions from experts and stakeholders.
  • Organize and run one-on-one interviews with contributors if and when needed.
  • Draft the questionnaire of the consultation.
  • Identify potential recommendations needing further development, and gaps needing to be filled.
  • Draft the final version of the policy framework by November 1st, 2020

 

Reports

  • Reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum which decides on the scope, objectives, deliverables and resources of the working group
  • Validates approaches and stimulates input for the research and the draft policy framework with the Steering Committee
  • Coordinates with the staff of the Secretariat of the Forum which monitors progress of the working group
  • Cooperates with a dedicated team of lawyers, in charge of developing and drafting the regulatory and self-regulatory framework
  • Dialogues with experts and researchers contributing to the working group (interview, workshops, etc.)

 

Skills and Experience

Successful candidates are likely to have the following skills and experience:

  • Law degree, preferable at master level with some specialisation in international digital rights and/or media policy.
  • Expertise in national legal systems for the protection of human rights, in particular freedom of expression is highly desirable.
  • Experience with policy development processes, including stakeholder engagement, consultative deliberation and collaborative drafting.
  • Experience working and engaging with policymakers, civil society and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
  • A flexible mindset and ability to work in a fast-moving environment.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience of working in multiple countries and/or diverse multinational workplaces.
  • Knowledge of multiple languages preferable.

 

Conditions

Wages: negotiable depending on the profile

Start date: July 6th, 2020

End date: November 30th, 2020

Recruiting process

The Forum on Information & Democracy is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. You will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We welcome all applications for this role. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are submitting an application, please note that we will only be in touch if your application is shortlisted for interview. This job advert will be removed from this page once the role has been filled.

Please submit your application by email to contact@informationdemocracy.org with a resumé and a cover letter.