Call for Candidates: “Internet Freedom” Training Seminars July-August 2015 in Abidjan

Call for Candidates: “Internet Freedom” Training Seminars July-August 2015 in Abidjan for West African & Gulf of Guinea Journalists, Bloggers and Human Rights Activists

In 2015, for the third consecutive year, the University of Clemson, South Carolina, and Internet Sans Frontières will organize two “Internet Freedom – Liberté sur internet” training seminars, each one lasting five days. For the first time, one of the seminars will be given wholly in English, and a second one will follow in French. 
The seminars will be held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and offered free of charge to suitably qualified candidates.
The training seminar in English will take place between Monday 27 July at 9 am and Friday 31 July at 5 pm.
The training seminar in French will take place between Monday 3 August at 9 am and Friday 7 August at 5 pm.

These training seminars will teach participants technologies and counter-surveillance practices based on open source software, developed by Doctor Brooks and his team at the University of Clemson. Participants will learn how to ensure the security of their communications on the internet, how to protect their privacy and how to avoid being followed on the net. The technical approach developed by Doctor Brooks counters existing network surveillance regimes and surveillance of Android mobile phones.

These protection technologies are becoming more and more necessary: between 2013, when the first training seminars were held, and 2015, a growing number of African states have not hesitated to take down the internet or to identify and arrest bloggers. According to the 2014 Freedom House "Freedom on the Net"  report, more and more governments are expanding sophisticated network controls.  
Suitably qualified journalists, bloggers and human rights activists living in West Africa/The Gulf of Guinea are requested to apply for a place in one of these training seminars.

How to apply : Please send an email to  . Depending on whether you wish to do the training in English or in French, the email should be titled:
  • “Abidjan – English Training" if you wish to attend the English training session in Abidjan that begins on Monday 27 July 2015, or
  • “Abidjan – Formation français” if you wish to attend the French training session beginning in Abidjan on Monday 3 August 2015.
NB : Candidates from non-ECOWAS countries need to be in possession of a valid passport at the time of application. If you would like more details before applying by email, please call the following telephone number (in the United States) 00-1-864-986-0813 and leave a message. Please leave your telephone number so that we can call you back. 
Please attach to your email a CV and a cover letter detailing your record in journalism, or as an activist blogger or user of social media in defending human rights or democracy in the West Africa/Gulf of Guinea region.
Participants in the training sessions are strongly advised to bring their own personal portable computers with them.
Deadline : Applications for the 2015 Abidjan "Internet Freedom" training seminars will be accepted until Sunday 31 May 2015 at 23h59 GMT.
Candidates will be informed as soon as possible after that date whether the response to their application is positive or negative.
Demand for places in the training seminars will be high and the number of places is limited, therefore candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible. 

Mercredi 6 Mai 2015
Julie Owono
Head of Africa Desk @ Internet Sans Frontières En savoir plus sur cet auteur

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