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: June 24, 2020 (new opportunities highlighted in green)

Job Openings

WordPress Designer/Developer

Organisation: HURIDOCS

Deadline: June 26, 2020

Location/s: Remote, but must be available to collaborate in real time when necessary with people in European and South American time zones

Description: HURIDOCS is looking for a WordPress designer/developer to design, develop, and launch a new website for the organisation, one that is user-centric; that conveys what the organization has to offer to the human rights movement in an accessible and inviting way; and that is efficient and flexible on the backend.

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.

Communications Consultant (APC Challenge)

Organisation: Association for Progressive Communications

Deadline: June 30, 2020 (23:59 UTC)

Location/s: South or Southeast Asia

Description: The purpose of this consultancy is to support APC’s activities and project-related work in Asia, with particular attention to APC’s Challenge project, which focuses on the intersection of expression, religion and hate speech online. The role of the communications consultant is to effectively communicate and amplify issues related to religion, expression and countering hate online; to highlight and champion art and creative content; and to engage with stakeholders and beneficiaries meaningfully on these issues.

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

COVID-19 Litigation Fund

Organisation: Digital Freedom Fund

Deadline: June 28, 2020

Description: The Digital Freedom Fund is issuing a call for applications for strategic cases challenging the gravest digital rights violations committed in the context of the COVID-19 situation that are either a direct result of responses to the pandemic or are demonstrably linked to and exacerbated by it. Litigation challenging existing digital rights issues which have only seen limited impact from the pandemic fall outside the scope of this call. Furthermore, DFF will prioritise applications that focus on addressing the negative impact felt by the most vulnerable groups in society, who generally will have limited access to justice and experience particular hardship due to the already existing ‘digital divide’.


Splice Lights On: Supporting the media ecosystem

Organisation: Splice Media

Deadline: N/A

Description: Splice is working with Facebook to distribute USD 5,000 micro-grants in support of small- to mid-sized news orgs and their freelancers in Asia financially affected by COVID-19. We’re providing these grants to the organizations directly, so that they’re able to continue working with freelancers as part of their operations.

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.

Serendipity Arles Grant 2020

Organisation: Serendipity Arts Foundation and the Rencontres d’Arles

Scope: South Asia lens-based practitioners

Deadline: July 7, 2020

Description: In a quest to strengthen regional cooperation on the foundation of the strong Indo-French bilateral relations through cultural exchange, Serendipity Arts Foundation and the Rencontres d’Arles announced today the biggest photography, video and new media grant, supported by the Embassy of France in India, named the Serendipity Arles Grant, with the shared purpose of promoting cultural practices in South Asia.

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.

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Workshops

Digital Earth Fellowship

Grantor: Digital Earth

Deadline: July 17, 2020

Description: The Digital Earth Fellowship welcomes eight artists and/or duos from different practices who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and are committed to ideas of resilient futures, equitable societies, and critical diversity, showing a marked capacity for self-direction. We aim to support four projects grounded within the African continent, two projects that take Asia as a starting point, one project from Latin America, and one Global application.

Reset Information Control Fellowship

Grantor: Reset

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Description: Information Control Fellows are individuals seeking to advance the understanding of surveillance capitalism enabled information controls through research and technology outputs that are creative collaborations from within partner organisations.

Reset Resident Fellowship

Grantor: Reset

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Description: Resident Fellows are individuals who seek to advance our understanding of surveillance capitalism and change the way Reset works and thinks from the inside. Successful fellows are able to leverage Reset and our network – the partners, communities, and fields of practice Reset support – to strengthen society’s ability as individuals, citizens, consumers, and users to understand, mitigate, and defend against those harms. Project themes and ideas that fellows can explore are computer and data science, human-centric design and evaluation, capacity building, organizational bridging, and arts and culture.