Internet Policy in South and Southeast Asia: Research Methods for Advocacy

As activists around the world endeavor to influence internet policymaking processes and raise awareness about the importance of protecting the open internet, the need to link relevant and methodologically sophisticated internet policy research with advocacy efforts is brought into stark relief. Building on the success of the Internet Policy Research Methods Course for Advocates held in Istanbul in 2015, the Annenberg School for Communication’s Internet Policy Observatory has teamed up with the Centre for Internet and Society, the Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi, and Digital Asia Hub to develop a research methods workshop for individuals working on digital rights issues in South Asian and Southeast Asian countries.

The workshop brings together young scholars, activists, lawyers, and technologists for an intensive five-day practicum on using methodologically rigorous, data-driven, and contextually appropriate research for advocacy. The workshop is designed as a survey of both qualitative and quantitative, online and offline research methods, providing the space for hands-on activities and project-based learning. The goals of the program are to strategically build collaborative possibilities across sectors, expand research capacity within practitioner and digital rights advocacy communities, and to provide the skills and know-how to use research and data to advance advocacy efforts.

The program will provide skill-building tutorials on the following topics:

  • defining the problems and framing research questions
  • conducting desk and archival research
  • researching laws and regulations
  • questionnaire/interview design and techniques
  • conducting surveys and public opinion research
  • network measurement
  • social network analysis
  • data visualization
  • translating research into action: dissemination for advocacy and policymaking impact
  • developing proposals for funding, creating actionable research agendas and evaluating project impact

We encourage individuals from South Asia and Southeast Asia in the academic (early career), NGO, technology, and public policy sectors to apply. The course will be conducted in English and applicants should have high proficiency in English in order to interact with experts, lecturers and other participants who will come from diverse backgrounds.

To apply for the workshop, please click here.  A limited pool of funding in the form of travel support is available and will be allocated based on the strength of the application, fit with the workshop, and demonstrated need. If you require funding support, please indicate as such in the online form.

For more information or questions, please email lsh@asc.upenn.edu.

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