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: September 25, 2020 (new opportunities highlighted in green)

Job Openings

Media Officer

Organisation: Amnesty International Jakarta

Deadline: September 28, 2020

Location/s: Jakarta

Description: Amnesty International Indonesia is seeking a professional with demonstrated experience in human rights, to contribute to the development of overarching research and campaigning strategies to deliver impact, and to lead on the development and implementation of specific campaigning strategies, managing and coordinating actions on human rights concerns in Indonesia aimed at effecting change in the human rights situation

Facilitator Fall 2020

Organisation: Internet Freedom Festival

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: We are looking for an online facilitator that can help us run several events. This person will be intrinsic to the team, as we research, design and implement online events meant to increase engagement within the digital rights community

Senior Manager, People Operations

Organisation: Wikimedia Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: The Senior Manager of People Operations will help us grow and manage a diverse range of human resources programs, with a focus on managing the operational aspects of the employee life-cycle, while demonstrating best practices and upholding the Wikimedia Foundation’s values. The position is full time.

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.

BASICS Consultant – Open Source Community Management & Documentation

Organisation: BASICS Project, Internews

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: The BASICS Specialist in Open Source Community Management and Documentation will work closely with open source tool teams to nurture and grow a community of developers and contributors that will further long-term sustainability for the tools.

Associate Policy Counsel

Organisation: Internet Freedom Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote, New Delhi

Description: This policy officer is expected to take a senior role within our programme team, and will be expected to drive IFF’s public policy work, including support for public outreach, legislative advocacy, and engagement with government and regulatory institutions, across the issue areas we work with – with an initial focus on the area of privacy, surveillance, and data protection.

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.

Southeast Asia News Editor

Organisation: VICE

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Southeast Asia

Description: VICE News is looking for a senior editor to join our ambitious, growing international digital news offering out of the APAC region. This position requires an experienced digital editor and manager with excellent judgment, comfort editing and publishing in a fast-paced, digital setting, a deep understanding of the VICE News brand, and a drive to find and publish the best global stories across the region.

Producers (Indonesia and Hong Kong)

Organisation: VICE

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Jakarta, Indonesia, or Hong Kong (two separate positions)

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.

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.

Finance Director

Organisation: Myanmar ICT for Development Organization

Deadline: October 9, 2020

Location/s: Yangon

Description: Your main responsibility is to ensure that MIDO successfully delivers on financial reporting to our donors. Your job will be to track MIDO’s cash flow and coordinate with project teams to ensure that it remains positive. You will be responsible for setting up systems, policies, and procedures in line with industry standards and donor requirements, as well as for training, scaling and managing MIDO’s finance team.

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.

Data Journalists and Researchers

Organisation: Persuasion Lab

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Asia-Pacific

Description: The Persuasion Lab just released a new website, along with an alternative and comprehensive archive of political ads, updated every 24 hours, and outside the control and stewardship of platforms. They are looking for data journalists and researchers interested in analysing in the data. If interested, please email

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.

Human Rights Lead

Organisation: Wikimedia Foundation

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: As the Human Rights Lead, you will be responsible for helping to secure the human rights of participants in the movements from threats by malign actors, including governments, aiming to limit the ability of individuals or groups to freely share in creating and curating the sum of all human knowledge.

BASICS Consultant – User Research

Organisation: BASICS Project, Internews

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Remote

Description: The BASICS Specialist in User Research will work closely with open source tool teams to conduct user research that will further their sustainability.

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.

Digital Media Expert Required for an R&D Arts Project

Organisation: Consensus Gentium project

Deadline: September 2020

Location/s: N/A

Description: Karen Palmer, The Storyteller Form the Future: an award winning International Artist and Ted Speaker is currently working on a project entitled Consensus Gentium, ‘If everybody believes it, it must be true.’ She is looking for someone who has a good understanding of the psychology, exploitation, manipulation and mobilisation of Digital (social) Media to join her team as an expert who will contribute and collaborate to pertinent conversations with her curated thought leaders. It will be in total about 9 short virtual days and a small fee will be paid. This will begin between September 2020 – October 2020.

Assignment Editor News, APAC

Organisation: Getty Images

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, or Hong Kong with other APAC-based locations considered on application

Description:We are looking for an assignment editor for Getty Images News based in APAC, you will determine our photographic coverage across Asia working with our roster of staff, freelance, and contributing photographers in the region.

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.

Internews Job Openings (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar)

Organisation: Internews

Deadline: N/A

Location/s: Manila, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Yangon, Myanmar


  • Philippines
    • Community Liaison
    • Content Creator
    • Humanitarian Data Reporting Analyst
    • Humanitarian Information Manager
    • Humanitarian Liaison Officer
    • Media Liaison Officer
    • Project Coordinator
  • Indonesia
    • Capacity Building Specialist
    • Chief of Party
    • Finance, Human Resources and Administrative Manager
    • Media Engagement Specialist
    • Subgrants AssociateSubgrants Manager
  • Malaysia: Program Coordinator
  • Myanmar:
    • Finance and Administration Manager
    • Monitoring and Evaluation Director

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.

Funding and Grants

Southeast Asia Technical Assistance Initiative

Organisation: Media Development Investment Fund

Deadline: September 25, 2020

Description: The Southeast Asia Technical Assistance Initiative strengthens independent media across the region through an innovative coaching program to build business capacity.

Micro-Grant for Southeast Asian Feminist Network

Organisation: KRYSS Network

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Description: Spearheaded by KRYSS Network (Malaysia), Jakarta Feminists Association (Indonesia) and Gantala Press (Philippines), this initiative aims to strengthen our collective action for feminist organising and gender equality. 30 groups/collectives from the three countries will be selected to be part of this SEA feminist networks. Selected members will receive a micro-grant for a short term project, along with capacity-building and networking opportunities coordinated by KRYSS Network.

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.

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.

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.

COVID-19 Litigation Fund

Organisation: Digital Freedom Fund

Deadline: September 30, 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’.

Catalyze Program for Women’s Rights Organisations

Organisation: Equality Fund

Deadline: October 5, 2020

Description: The Equality Fund is a new source of feminist funding. The current plan is to introduce four grantmaking streams over the next five years to support the ecosystem of women’s rights and feminist organizations at multiple levels, from emerging to established groups around the world.

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.

Digital Fund

Organisation: Shift Power for Peace

Deadline: N/A

Description: This fund is designed to support you to access the digital tools needed to continue your peacebuilding work, even remotely, during the period of lockdown and restrictions brought about by COVID-19. This fund is primarily for the purchase of phone credit, basic equipment, software and other communications tools.

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.

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Workshops

Design Competition: Gender Digital Divide

Organisation: Media Matters for Democracy

Deadline: September 28, 2020

Description: We invite you to participate in digital art design competition to depict gender digital divide (GDD) in Pakistan, and how it is affecting women, trans and non-binary people in the country. You have the creative freedom to decide what aspect of GDD you want to present in your design

South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP)

Organisation: Chevening Awards

Deadline: October 19, 2020

Description: The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP) is aimed at mid-career journalists from South Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The fellowship is hosted by the University of Westminster.

Nieman Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation

Organisation: Nieman Foundation

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Description: The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.

Call for Nominations: Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021

Organisation: Index on Censorship

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Description: As Index approaches its 50th anniversary year, the 2021 awards will kick-off a year of celebrations to mark this milestone. Since 2015, Index has expanded the Awards programme to include the Awards Fellowship, supporting and championing 27 fellows in their work defending freedom of expression internationally.

India Cyber Security Fellowship

Organisation: Chevening Awards

Deadline: October 19, 2020

Description: The Chevening India Cyber Security Fellowship is aimed at mid-career professionals with demonstrable leadership potential in the field of cyber security or cyber policy in India. The fellowship is hosted by Cranfield University, at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Shrivenham Campus).

Festival Calls for Entry

The ifva Awards (formerly the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards): Call for Entries

Organisation: ifva Awards

Deadline: October 12, 2020

Eligibility: Asia

Description: Organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre, ifva (formerly the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards) is an Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia.

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.

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.