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Call for Proposals: CYRILLA Applied Research and Advocacy Grants

Call for Proposals: CYRILLA Applied Research and Advocacy Grants

Deadline: 21 May 2020

The CYRILLA Collaborative is particularly interested in applications from individuals or organizations based in the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The CYRILLA Collaborative is a global initiative that seeks to map and analyze the evolution and impacts of legal frameworks in digital environments by aggregating, organizing, and visualizing distributed legal data through open research methodologies, data models, taxonomies, and databases.

The Collaborative’s keystone initiative is an open online database that facilitates and accelerates the sharing and comparison of legal information on digital rights. At its core, CYRILLA organizes and provides access to legislation and case law that affects human rights in digital environments; enabling researchers, activists, lawyers, and civil society representatives to assess legal trends and their impacts in digitally networked spaces.

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Funding Information

The CYRILLA Collaborative will be awarding 5 grants of $5,000 to organizations and individuals to pilot small-scale applied research, journalistic, or advocacy initiatives committed to expanding the knowledge on digital rights legislation and case law.
Small grant–supported initiatives will last between 3-4 months and will be expected to apply the CYRILLA research methodology, data model, or database to a regional digital rights–related research or advocacy challenge
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The CYRILLA Collaborative is interested in proposals that examine how legal frameworks have evolved to protect, regulate, and repress digital rights. Projects can take the form of research, advocacy, or the development of new data–driven technical outputs that utilize existing data on cyrilla.org i.e visualizations for journalistic reporting or an advocacy campaign. They are especially interested in projects that tackle the disproportionate impacts of policies affecting digital rights on at-risk communities. Potential projects ideas include, but are not limited to:

Examining how the courts have applied recent or outdated legislation to impact digital rights (i.e freedom of expression, privacy etc.).
Delineating opaque legislative or judicial processes related to digital rights.
Analyzing how legislation has impacted the introduction of digital identity programs, or how the introduction of digital identity programs has led to new legislation.
Studying the digital rights implications of competition laws or other laws that have facilitated market concentration in the tech or telecommunications sector.
Comparing digital rights case law across regional or national jurisdictions.
Selection Criteria

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The six organizations that comprise CYRILLA Collaborative will convene to evaluate proposals. Strong proposals will:

Clearly articulate the relevance of the project.
List clear outcomes within the three-month timeframe.
Directly interact with legislation and case law concerning digital rights.
Demonstrate how the project will help build growing interest in digital rights law
The CYRILLA Collaborative will attempt to maintain regional balance (i.e one project from the Middle East and North Africa, one from Latin America etc.) in awarding the grants.

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For more information, visit https://globalfreedomofexpression.columbia.edu/updates/2020/04/call-for-proposals-cyrilla-applied-research-and-advocacy-grants/

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