Google has announced the Google Policy Fellowship – “to support students and organizations working on policy issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users.”
Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA, and include: American Library Association, Cato Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Education Foundation, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, and Public Knowledge.
Here’s what the Cato Institute is looking for in a policy fellow.
Fellowhip Focus Areas:
- Information Policy: Examining how increased data sensing, storage, transfer, processing, and use affect human values like privacy, fairness and Due Process, personal security, and seclusion. Articulating complex technological, social, and legal issues in ordinary language. Promoting the policies that protect these human values consistent with a free society and maximal human liberty. Specific issues include: RFID, biometrics, identity systems, data mining, surveillance programs, and more.
- Intellectual Property: Examining the adequacy and sufficiency of copyright and patent law in light of economic, societal, and technological changes. Articulating complex legal, technological, and economic issues in ordinary language. Advocating the policies that promote the progress of science and useful arts most consistent with a free society and maximal human liberty. Specific issues include: open source, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, peer-to-peer file-sharing, patent reform legislation, and more.
- Telecommunications: Examining the changing technological, economic, and legal landscape in telecommunications and the Internet. Assessing the sufficiency of existing and proposed regulatory regimes for the oncoming telecommunications era. Advocating the policies that promote maximal access to telecommunications consistent with a free society and maximal human liberty. Specific issues include: spectrum management and auctions, media ownership regulation and censorship, domain name management, “network neutrality” regulation, and more.
Technical chops especially prized.