Fellowship

People we support and mentor

Would you like to be a CONNECTED BY DATA Fellow?

Our Fellows work in and around collective and participatory data governance. Fellowship work can take many shapes and forms. We want to support people working on:

  • community activism, such as working within a union, school, or local community to increase awareness of how data is being used, and demand change
  • storytelling and journalism, such as telling the story about a particular impact of data collection or use; or developing assets such as graphics or videos that explain collective data governance
  • practitioner work, such as supporting a deliberative process in an organisation or designing data governance processes
  • public policy development, such as getting involved with advocacy around new data laws and policies, or creating recommendations for data regulation
  • research projects, such as researching participatory practices across a range of organisations, or the collective impacts of a particular data practice such as personalised pricing

We expect Fellows to work with us for six to nine months. While we are seeking funding for this programme, we only offer non-financial support to Fellows, namely:

  • regular interactions with, and learning from, other Fellows through a regular fortnightly catch-up
  • monthly 1:1s with a member of the CONNECTED BY DATA team
  • expert review of work related to your Fellowship by the CONNECTED BY DATA team, on request
  • brokered connections with the wider CONNECTED BY DATA network
  • increased amplification and visibility of your work
  • potential for subcontracted work and joint bids

We are just starting up this programme and are running it in a lightweight, exploratory mode. There is no formal selection process as yet. If you are interested in becoming a CONNECTED BY DATA Fellow, please send your CV and a one-page description of your work to jeni@connectedbydata.org. The description should cover:

  • background and context for your work
  • the specific problem or research question you are tackling
  • how you are tackling it
  • what you expect the outputs and outcomes of your work to look like
  • how long you want your fellowship to run for and how being a CONNECTED BY DATA Fellow will help you be successful

Applications are currently selected by the CONNECTED BY DATA team on an ongoing basis, based on:

  • alignment with the CONNECTED BY DATA vision and mission
  • impact of the proposed work
  • commitment of the fellow to the work
  • feasibility of the proposed work plan
  • diversity of the fellowship, in demographics, geographies, experience and interests

Kristophina is a researcher contributing to the sustainable adoption of data-driven technologies in Africa. She is curious about drawing lessons from collective/participatory governance frameworks in various sectors to apply to the development and deployment of AI technologies. Kristophina recently joined Mozilla as a Senior Tech Policy Fellow, after working as a Research Associate at Research ICT Africa, where she worked on various AI Projects particularly focusing on incorporating data and climate justice lenses into the development of AI policies on the African continent.

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Libby Young

Research associate and Fellow

Libby researches the power and governance of data. She has a background in open data and data for social change, product, policy and communications in professional and financial services, and, further back, music. She holds an MBA from LBS, an MMus from GSMD and a BA(Hons) from USyd, and is currently a member of ADM+S and an associate of the Sydney Policy Lab.

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