The Centre for Communication Governance (CCG) at the National Law University Delhi is the only academic research centre dedicated to working on information technology law and policy in India and is a leading centre on information technology law and policy in Asia.
CCG seeks to embed constitutional rights and good governance within information technology law and policy and examine the evolution of existing rights frameworks to accommodate new media and emerging technology. It aims to support the development of the rights to dignity and equality, freedom of speech, right to assembly and association, and the right to privacy in the digital age, through rigorous academic research, policy engagement, and capacity building.
The Centre routinely works with a range of international academic institutions and policy organisations. These include the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, Hans Bredow Institute at the University of Hamburg and the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers. We engage with government institutions and ministries such as the Law Commission of India, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Law & Justice, and international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the International Telecommunications Union. We seek to provide the executive, legislature and judicial system with useful research in the course of their decision making on issues relating to information technology law and policy.
About the Fellowship
With increasing internet penetration and the rapid increase of internet users in the country, digital rights have become a core focus within the ambit of the protection of fundamental rights. In the last few years, there have been several important judicial pronouncements stemming from digital rights litigation, whether it was the landmark Puttaswamy I judgement upholding the fundamental right to privacy in the Indian Constitution, or the more recent Anuradha Bhasin judgement which clarified that the right to freedom of expression online was a fundamental right. However, several vital questions relating to freedom of expression and privacy in the digital age are yet to be clarified by the courts. These cases will define India’s digital rights landscape for at least the next decade, if not longer. However, digital rights litigation in India is currently facing significant challenges including constraints in terms of research capacity and domain expertise.
To address these issues, CCG is excited to announce the second edition of the DIGITAL Fellowship in 2022.
The Fellowship has the following objectives –
The Fellowship Programme
The DIGITAL Fellowship 2022 is a 10-month Fellowship that will be awarded by a Selection Committee. These Fellows will be placed either in specific civil society organisations undertaking litigation around digital rights or litigation chambers that are involved in significant digital rights litigation.
The Selection Committee has a list of potential organisations and litigation chambers that the Fellows can be placed with. However, applicants for the Fellowship are welcome to suggest relevant organisations or litigation chambers they would be interested in working with in their application form. The final discretion on the placement of the Fellows with a host organisation remains with CCG and the Selection Committee.
The Fellowship will commence in February 2022. A monthly, non-negotiable stipend of INR 50,000 /- will be provided to a Full-time Fellow. We will be offering six fellowships covering full time and part time fellows, and may include Research Assistants and Interns.
Roles and Responsibilities of the DIGITAL Fellows
Fellows will undertake extensive research to support the development of petitions and other filings. Fellows will also be involved in briefing the senior advocates/counsels who are leading arguments in courts in these cases.
The Fellows will be required to carry out high impact policy-centric research and write briefs, reports, responses, blogs, articles and other documents around digital rights.
Through CCG, the Fellows will convene lawyers, technologists and civil society organisations working on digital rights issues to enable an exchange of ideas and facilitate learnings from each other.
Applicants for the Full time or Part time Fellowship must –
Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of two years’ experience in litigation.
Applicants for the DIGITAL Internship/RAship must –
Preference will be given to the selection of full time Fellows. However, the Selection Committee may consider part-time Fellows and Research Assistants/Interns.
Interested applicants must submit –
Applicants should note that they cannot save their work on the application form and return to it later, so they may find it advisable to prepare their essays beforehand.
Please combine the CV and writing samples in a single PDF file labelled as “Your name - DIGITAL Fellowship”. The PDF should be uploaded on the link provided in the application form.
Since we require applicants to upload their CV and writing sample, accessing the form requires a Google (Gmail) login. For applicants not having a Google (Gmail) account, we encourage them to create an account, following the simple and quick steps here.
All applications must be submitted by December 28, 2021, 11:59 PM IST.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Call for DIGITAL Fellowship 2022