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: December 3, 2020 (new opportunities highlighted in green)

Job Openings

Video Editing and Post-Production Specialist

Organisation: EngageMedia

Deadline: December 8, 2020

Location/s: Remote (Asia-Pacific)

Description: EngageMedia is seeking expressions of interest from video editors with comprehensive post-production skills who will work on a range of EngageMedia projects, including (but not limited to) video podcasts, short documentaries with mixed media, and motion graphics editing.

Senior Application Developer

Organisation: Internet Society

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: The Senior Application Developer will work on web front-end development, database development and data transformation. The successful applicant will contribute to projects that measure and analyze specific aspects of global Internet usage, protocol adoption, and routing security and will do so by developing and supporting the infrastructure of the internal and externally facing tools used by these projects.

Web Developer

Organisation: Global Voices

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: As a web developer you will work with the GV development team, under the supervision of the Tech Lead, to enhance and maintain the various GV WordPress sites and web applications ( You will be involved in all stages of development, from brainstorming to final testing.

Digital Security Specialist

Organisation: Tactical Tech

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: We are inviting experienced Digital Security Specialists who have a strong understanding of Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, and Privacy and Technology, to contribute to learning material content in two ways: 1. to assess existing content and provide concrete feedback and 2. to identify missing content and write additional texts where needed.

Digital Rights Research Consultant

Organisation: EngageMedia

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Indonesia

Description: EngageMedia is seeking a research consultant to produce a snapshot of digital rights issues, actors, advocacy, and networks in Indonesia. The research seeks to provide a better understanding of the digital rights situation in Indonesia, including the successes and limits of the work done so far. The research will inform EngageMedia’s Indonesia digital rights strategy over the coming years.

Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Organisation: Wikimedia Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: The position requires both big-picture, strategic thinking as well as operational skills to set targets and mobilize action in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director is a critical thought partner with internal leadership and a key voice for DEI both within the Foundation, as well as externally, via speaking at public events, program facilitation, and participation in career fairs

Policy Domain Specialist, Misinformation

Organisation: Twitter

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Singapore

Description: As a misinformation policy specialist, you’ll research, draft, and implement policies covering all aspects of misinformation and related issues impacting the integrity of conversations on Twitter — from deepfakes and synthetic media, to protecting the integrity of elections and civic processes, to combating false narratives on public health topics.

Project Associate – Research and Communications (Prakriye)

Organisation: IT for Change

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Mysore, India

Description: We are looking for someone who can shoulder research and documentation responsibilities as well as manage the website, social media handles, campaigns, and outreach work for Prakriye, collaborating and coordinating with other national organisations. The Project Associate will be responsible for the following: Process documentation of field interactions and events; support to ongoing field research and curriculum development for digital media-based learning dialogues; management of photo/video/ digital archives of the organisation; enhancement of web presence (content development for website and social media outreach), and  funder reporting, along with senior team members.

Communications Associate

Organisation: IT for Change

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Bangalore, India

Description: We are looking for a full-time Communications Associate to provide strategic guidance to, and play an active role in, the organisation’s external communications activities and internal knowledge processes. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about digital and data rights and development justice, and will be able to translate organisational research into accessible material for public consumption. The role also entails support for networking and advocacy efforts, and assistance in the production of in-house publications and post-production communications outreach.


Organisation: VICE

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Hong Kong

Description: The Producer is responsible for delivering outstanding video, documentary, and social content for VICE’s owned and operated platforms (VICE Video, YouTube, Facebook) and social media platforms across the APAC region, making VICE a magnet to young Asian audiences.

Regional Editor (South Asia)

Organisation: Rest of World

Deadline: N/A

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.

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.

Program Manager, Digital Health Lab

Organisation: Meedan

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Location/s: Remote

Description: Meedan’s Digital Health Lab seeks a talented program manager with an interest in innovating in the field of public health journalism and communications, and applying technologies that can support access to quality health information at scale.

China Monitoring and Advocacy Coordinator

Organisation: International Federation of Journalists

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote (Taiwan)

Description: The IFJ’s China media freedom projects have provided a key ongoing monitoring and advocacy voice for journalists and media workers in China as well as Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan since 2008. The IFJ is looking for a part-time coordinator, fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, to undertake the IFJ’s China and East Asia monitoring and advocacy through to March 2021.

Program Assistant, RightsCon

Organisation: AccessNow

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Manila, with other global locations

Description: The RightsCon Program Assistant will work within the RightsCon team, and across all Access Now teams, to support the coordination and execution of the RightsCon Summit Series (

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Organisation: Phandeeyar

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Myanmar

Description: The role will be responsible for data collection from both internal and external data sources, data management on Airtable and Google spreadsheet, data analysis, and most importantly M&E related report writing for Christian Aid. Desk research (timely update information of project-related activities and organizations in Myanmar contributing to this thematic area, and report findings of other organizations strongly related to this project)  will also be one of the key roles for the Associate.

Social Media & Communication Specialist

Organisation: Phandeeyar Institute

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Myanmar

Description: You will be responsible for developing and implementing our social media marketing roadmap, interacting and engaging with students, promoting new training activities and opportunities and also communicating the impact of Phandeeyar Institute. Phandeeyar Institute’s mission is to build a skilled professional workforce for the future of Myanmar.

Internews Job Openings

Organisation: Internews

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Myanmar, Nepal, Remote


  • Remote
    • Expert in Online Media Development
    • Digital Security Training Specialist
    • Global Tech Systems Support Engineer
    • Signpost Content Specialist
  • Myanmar:
    • Chief of Party
    • Finance and Administration Manager
    • Monitoring and Evaluation Director
  • Nepal
    • Media Engagement Specialist

Tech Recruiter (Contract)

Organisation: Wikimedia Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a contract Recruiter to join our global recruiting team in supporting hiring across all functions of the organization. This is a high touch position requiring a passion for developing strong internal and external relationships, providing flawless candidate experience, utilizing creative sourcing strategies and critical thinking skills when assessing talent.

Digital Rights Project Manager

Organisation: EngageMedia

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Indonesia

Description: Our dynamic Asia-Pacific non-profit is seeking a Digital Rights Project Manager (Indonesia) who will work closely with the Digital Rights Program Manager to oversee EngageMedia’s Digital Rights initiatives in Indonesia.

Digital Campaign Associate

Organisation: Phandeeyar

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Yangon

Description: Phandeeyar is looking for a dedicated Digital Campaign Associate to join our Social Impact program team. The Digital Campaign Associate is responsible for helping the program team achieve program objectives such as user acquisition, user activation and user retention through digital tools – for Phandeeyar’s programs and services, and will be working directly with Phandeeyar’s marketing and communication teams.

VPN Technical Support Specialist

Organisation: ProtonMail

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Taipei

Description: ProtonMail is looking for a VPN Technical Support Specialist who will primarily communicate with users and provide technical solutions; collect user issues; provide recommendations on product development; and continuously develop and optimize the content on the customer Support Center blog.

Co-Founder / Head of Business Development

Organisation: Pre-Launch Global Media Company

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: N/A

Description: I’m incubating a global media organization — the focus of this new digital media organization is to give voice to teenage girls globally and create a platform that engages with audiences on the social media platforms they use.  It’s a community where multimedia content is curated and created by and for teenage girls.  We are looking for a co-founder / head of business development who will drive the business and ideate to monetize this large community which should reach over 50 million globally in 2-3 years.

Research Consultant, Cybersecurity ASEAN and Thailand Country Program

Organisation: The Asia Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Thailand

Description: The Foundation plans to engage a consultant with extensive expertise in cybersecurity to help develop a refined program strategy aimed at strengthening interagency cooperation, as a way of bringing officials from multiple policy areas together across ASEAN to discuss methods for future cooperation at the regional and national levels.

Financial & Administration Officer

Organisation: SEA Junction

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Bangkok, Thailand

Description: SEA Junction (or fully “Southeast Asia Junction”) is a knowledge center and public venue on Southeast Asia, located at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (BACC) in Bangkok. The successful applicant will be expected to, among other things, be responsible for financial, administration and human resources requirements.

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.

Funding and Grants

Climate Change and COP26 Creative Commissions

Organisation: British Council

Deadline: December 13, 2020

Description: The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.

Researcher Links, Climate Change Grants 2020

Organisation: British Council

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Description: The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.

2021 GlobalGiving Accelerator

Organisation: GlobalGiving

Deadline: February 5, 2021

Description: The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that will help you take your fundraising to the next level. Following an optional one-week training curriculum, you’ll be entered into an Accelerator campaign where you’ll raise at least $5,000 total from a minimum of 40 different donors in order to graduate and secure a permanent fundraising spot on the GlobalGiving platform.

NetGain Year Five Small Grants

Organisation: Media Democracy Fund

Deadline: January 11, 2021

Description: The fund support projects that catalyze or build on ideas that emerged from NetGain years Four and Five around digital threats to democracy, mis/disinformation and public interest research on the platforms.

Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund

Organisation: Pulitzer Center

Deadline: N/A

Description: The Pulitzer Center will fund costs associated with reporting projects on tropical rainforests, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the local and regional media.

Global Reporting Grants

Organisation: Pulitzer Center

Deadline: N/A

Description: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting partners with individual journalists and news organizations to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media. We accept applications to fund reporting projects from freelance and staff journalists as well as assignment editors at news outlets.

Security and Well-Being Grant

Organisation: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia-Pacific

Deadline: N/A

Description: This grant is available to women and non-binary human rights defenders and organisations in Asia and the Pacific in order to respond to their immediate or time-urgent needs for security and well-being. It is intended for a person or organisation experiencing a threat or in case of emergency, crisis or risk due to their defence of women’s rights and human rights. It is also available for time-urgent needs for well- being such as psycho-social counselling, treatment for trauma, or medical assistance.

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

Organisation: Rory Peck Trust

Deadline: N/A

Description: In response to the devastating impact of the pandemic, the Rory Peck Trust has created a dedicated fund to provide practical and financial support to active freelance news journalists whose work and livelihoods have been directly affected by COVID-19. Successful applicants will receive a single grant of between £200-£500 to contribute to subsistence (home/food) costs for them and their dependents.

UNICEF Innovation Fund

Organisation: UNICEF

Deadline: December 20, 2020

Description: We are currently looking to invest in companies that are using machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain or extended reality (virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR)) technologies to build software solutions that respond to the four broad categories of digital risks to children: Content, Contact, Conduct and Contract Risks.

South Asia Small Grants Program

Organisation: The Asia Foundation

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Description: The SASGP will provide small grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Designed as a flexible mechanism to respond to existing contexts and emerging opportunities, the grant will support CSOs to work on critical governance challenges around four core themes: increasing public sector accountability and transparency; strengthening the rule of law; promoting civil society participation and media in these efforts; and strengthening democratic institutions and practices

The DRK Foundation

Organisation: The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Eligibility: India

Deadline: N/A

Description: We seek to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies.  Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment.

Incident Emergency Funding

Organisation: Hivos – Digital Defenders Partnership

Deadline: N/A

Description: Incident Emergency Funding (IEF) responds rapidly to urgent cases of digital threats or attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, activists, or organisations. The funding provided can be up to €10,000 and can be used to cover costs, which will directly reduce the risk or impact of a digital attack.

Journalism Relief Fund – English

Organisation: International Women’s Media Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Description: The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits – journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes.

Global Emergency Fund for Journalists

Organisation: National Geographic

Deadline: N/A

Description: For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded storytellers who help explain the world and all that’s in it as well as shine a light on our shared human experiences. To help journalists around the world, the Society is launching an emergency fund that will distribute support to applicants who wish to safely cover COVID-19 within their own communities. The goal of the fund is for journalists to deliver news of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to the outspread, the Society is especially encouraging reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues.

Resourcing Resilience Grant

Organisation: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia-Pacific

Deadline: N/A

Description: This grant is available to women and non-binary human rights defenders and organisations in Asia and the Pacific who – on their own or in collaboration with others – seek to implement an initiative, including an unanticipated opportunity, that would contribute towards resourcing resilience for women’s human rights and human rights activism.

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Workshops

Tech Tales: Films about digital rights in the Asia-Pacific 

Organisation: EngageMedia

Deadline: January 5, 2021

Description: EngageMedia invites filmmakers, video journalists, and animators across the Asia-Pacific to produce short films on important digital rights issues happening in our region, as told with our voices and from our perspectives.

Open for Registration: Virtual School for Internet Governance 

Organisation: Virtual School for Internet Governance

Deadline: Varies per group

Description: The Virtual School of Internet Governance is a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Courseware) dedicated to the key pillars of Internet Governance. The Virtual School of Internet Governance is a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Courseware) dedicated to the key pillars of Internet Governance.

2021 Sigma Awards for Data Journalists 

Organisation: Sigma Awards

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Description: The Sigma Awards is a competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world. Striding into its second year, it’s also here to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.

Call for Pitches: Access to the Internet

Organisation: Media Matters for Democracy

Deadline: N/A

Location: Pakistan

Description: Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is looking for pitches that aim to critically investigate access to the internet, and digital technologies and the way they are accessed in Pakistan.

2021 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists 

Organisation: Wallace House, University of Michigan

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Description: The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists were established in 1981 to recognize outstanding reporting and bolster the careers of journalists under the age of 35. Each year, prizes of $10,000 each are presented in local, national and international reporting. The Livingston Awards invites print, online, video, audio and data visualization entries.

Festival Calls for Entry

Cambodia International Film Festival: Call for Entries

Organisation: Cambodia International Film Festival

Deadline: December 14, 2020

Eligibility: Asia

Description: The Cambodia International Film Festival (11th Edition in 2021) is the most significant and industry driven film event in the Kingdom of Cambodia and SE Asia. Every year, the event features prominent pictures and hosts guests from Cambodia and abroad. CIFF is aimed at sensitizing audiences to the Art of cinema, promote innovative international film making in various forms and present quality productions made in and about Cambodia by national and international filmmakers.

18th Seoul Eco Film Festival: Call for Entries

Organisation: Korea Green Foundation

Deadline: January 3, 2021

Eligibility: Global

Description: Seoul Eco Film Festival (SEFF) is the first and biggest film festival in Korea focusing on environmental issues. Established in 2004 by Korea Green Foundation, SEFF is a festival that seeks to share the hope for a better world where all the lives can live in harmony with environment and nature.

23rd UK Asian Film Festival: Call for Entries

Organisation: UK Asian Film Festival

Deadline: January 11, 2021

Eligibility: South Asia

Description: In 2021, for our primary curatorial theme Ray of Hope, we invite film submissions that demonstrate the extraordinary journeys that characters go through to shift the power dynamics in their lives. We programme feature films, documentaries, and short films that have a cultural connection to South Asia or involve South Asian talent in leading creative or production roles.

The 45th International Hong Kong International Film Festival: Call for Entries

Organisation: Hong Kong International Film Festival

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Eligibility: Global

Description: The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films. As a competitive event, the HKIFF serves as a platform for international film exchange, to promote better understanding between global cultures, and to discover new talents from around the world.

6th Melbourne Documentary Film Festival: Call for Entries

Organisation: Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Eligibility: Global

Description: The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is a popular and beloved institution and has grown over the last 6 years to become an important and essential Australian film festival, showcasing the world’s best and most innovative cutting edge documentaries.

23rd ShortShorts Film Festival & Asia: Call for Entries

Organisation: SHORTSHORTS

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Eligibility: Global

Description: SHORTSHORTS is a comprehensive short film brand. It’s film festival, “Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia” (SSFF & ASIA) held since 1999, is accredited by the Academy Awards® and is one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia.