Digital Rights Opportunities

As part of Coconet’s thrust to foster collaborations between changemakers in the Asia-Pacific as well as provide support to regional digital rights movements, we are compiling here various opportunities from our networks and communities available for individuals and groups working in our region.

If you would like to advertise job openings, funding opportunities, fellowships, and other relevant opportunities, please contact us.


Last Updated: May 26, 2020 (new opportunities highlighted in green)

Job Openings

Artists at Risk Connection: Regional Representative for Asia (Part-time Consultancy)

Organisation: PEN America

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Location/s: Remote but must be part of countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia

Description: PEN America, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks a talented, energetic, and highly organized regional representative in Asia for its Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) program, a support system for artists facing threats as a result of their creative expression. This is a part-time consultant position and can be based anywhere in Asia. The successful candidate will grow and strengthen a dynamic regional network in order to ensure that ARC’s partners are diverse, representative, and responsive in this region.

Regional Editor (South Asia)

Organisation: Rest of World

Deadline: N/A (Applications considered on a rolling basis)

Location: Preferred in New Delhi or Bangalore (India) or Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Description: Rest of World is a new international journalism publication that’s focused on exploring the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble. Our goal is to surface and showcase the often surprising and unintended effects of tech in places that get little attention from mainstream news outlets. Rest of World is looking for an energetic, enterprising and experienced regional editor to lead our coverage from South Asia. The ideal candidate will be someone with experience editing feature stories from/in the region, and has a talent for developing sources, in journalism, business and technology space.

Part-time Researchers

Organisation: Global Voices

Deadline: N/A

Location: Myanmar or Remote

Contact for Application: Rezwan Islam (


Global Voices ( is looking for potential part-time researchers ( 10-20 hours/week) to take part in it’s Civic Media Observatory (CMO) project. Team members will work on the monitoring of media ecosystems by investigating, classifying, and analysing individual media items in an effort to identify and describe themes and narrative frames within the country’s media ecosystem. Together with the South Asia team, researchers will take part in making recommendations and producing outputs, including writing stories or assisting with other editorial products. The assignments will initially be run for up to six months.

The researcher should have Karen and/or Shan language proficiency and can take a closer look at local language media in Myanmar and abroad. Language monitoring requires people with academic fluency in the local language(s) and this will be a paid position. Ideally, the candidate will have a strong grasp of written English in order to utilise the CMO software and for communication with the wider global team.

Technical Writer (Freelance)

Organisation: Tails

Deadline: N/A

Location: Remote

Description: Tails, a portable operating system that protects privacy and helps avoid censorship, is looking for a technical writing consultant to strengthen our Technical Writing team. The Technical Writing team is responsible for writing our user documentation, support pages, and release notes. This is a paid offer for self-employed freelancers.

Digital Safety Specialist

Organisation: Access Now (Philippines)

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Location: Manila (Philippines)

Description: As Digital Safety Specialist you will be part of a global team responsible for providing digital safety advice and support for civil society groups at-risk around the world, both in-person and remotely. You will assist at-risk users in responding to incidents via various communications methods such as email, chat and video. Occasionally, you will also provide in-person support through workshops, training, and audits. This role will report to the Manila Shift Lead and Access Now’s senior Helpline managers as appropriate.

Internet Censorship Researchers (Part-time)

Organisation: Netalitica

Deadline: N/A (Until positions are filled)

Location/s: Remote, but must be able to do research on Hong Kong, Myanmar, Singapore, and/or Vietnam

Description: Netalitica is hiring researchers to investigate Internet censorship in select states in Latin America and Asia. In 2019, we conducted the first phase of a project called “Improving Test Lists of Censored Online Content”. It aims to update Citizen Lab test lists that network measurement tools (e.g. OONI Probe, Centinel) use to uncover Internet censorship in individual countries. If network probes have greatly evolved over the past decade, test lists for many countries have seen little updates. Our project aims to address this problem. Last year, our team updated the lists of 20 key censorship states. This March 2020, we are launching the second phase of the project and we are looking to hire researchers to update the test lists.

Mobile App Developer

Organisation: Horizontal

Deadline: N/A (Applications considered on a rolling basis)

Location: Remote, but based in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Middle-East, or Asia-Pacific

Description: Horizontal is a nonprofit organization serving frontline defenders, activists and journalists through digital security and tool development. We empower grassroots communities to use technology effectively and to operate safe from surveillance, censorship and repression. Horizontal is looking for a mobile developer experienced with Android native development. Your primary focus will be on developing and maintaining Horizontal’s Android apps. Apply to join a young and growing team developing technology for human rights!

Funding and Grants

‘Information Saves Lives’ Rapid Response Fund

Organisation: Internews

Deadline: May 28, 2020

Description: The Internews Information Saves Lives Rapid Response Fund aims to help small, local news organizations survive in the face of COVID-19. The Fund was seeded with $100,000 in unrestricted funding from Internews, to directly support media outlets, organizations and individuals reporting on COVID-19 for underserved communities around the world. With additional support from Luminate, we will support more than 100 grantees.

Call for “Arctivists”: Art + Activism Against Repression during the COVID-19 Crisis

Organisation: Centre for Applied Human Rights and the Open Society Foundations

Deadline: N/A (Applications considered on a rolling basis)

Description: CAHR, through a grant from the Open Society Foundations, has set up a fund – Arctivists – to support activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of Covid-19 and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space. Paired activists and artists are able to apply for up to £3,000; it is envisaged that most grants will be for between £1,000 and £2,000.

Rapid Response Fund

Organisation: Open Technology Fund

Deadline: N/A (Applications considered on a rolling basis)

Description: The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organizations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders.

COVID-19 Solutions Fund

Organisation: Mozilla

Deadline: N/A (Applications considered on a rolling basis)

Description: Mozilla has launched a COVID-19 Solutions Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support Program. Through this fund, they will provide awards of up to US$50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.


Protective Fellowships for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Grantor: Centre for Applied Human Rights at University of York

Deadline: June 17, 2020

Description: The Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk is aimed at strengthening the capacity of human rights defenders at risk. It is open to all human rights defenders who work in difficult environments or who are directly at risk.