Technology+Policy course scholarship for FOSS devs

Data and privacy bills, cyber security regulations, increasing digitisation of public services, these aren’t just inevitable, but are already in full swing not just in India, but pretty much everywhere else in the world. The future of internet and technology is going to be highly legislative, if it isn’t already!

It’s critical and imperative that developers and technologists with hands on expertise in technical matters are not only aware of the policy aspects of technology, but actively engage with policy making. The developer community needs strong policy capacity.

Scholarship

FOSS United Foundation is offering a scholarship to FOSS developers to take the The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (Technology and Policy) at the Takshashila Institution. It is a 12 week online program conducted typically on weekends.

In the pilot phase, we are sponsoring the full course fee of ₹33,000 for 5 candidates. If you are interested:

  • Apply to the upcoming cohort (starts Sep 3)
  • In the application form, enter FOSSUNITED in the referral name field, and foundation@fossunited.org in the referral e-mail field.
  • If you are accepted, FOSS United Foundation covers the full course fee for you.
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Heads up @knadh, I just submitted an application.

In the pilot phase, …

Does this fall under the “FOSS Community” part of FOSS funding and grants - FOSS United?

Also, can I ask what other programmes the FOSS United Foundation considered sponsoring before settling on the Takshashila GCPP (T&P) programme? I am interested in this space and I want to know if there are other similar (or longer) programmes.

If you are accepted, FOSS United Foundation covers the full course fee for you.

What does the Foss United Foundation expect, if anything, in return?

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Nothing, except for the hope that you’ll find value in the course and you get opportunities to put your learnings to use!

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Thank you for the opportunity, super excited to be a part of this!

Had discussed some ideas with @WishArya, an excerpt:

If possible, we need to setup an offline interaction for the cohort, with people from government, NGOs and for-profits, with a focus on areas specifically within FOSS United’s fields of interest. i.e. libre software/hardware, tech solutions to social problems, policies regarding data privacy, cyber security, opensource software and open data. With the intent to provide participants an opportunity to intern/volunteer/contribute in any way possible.

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That is an interesting idea. You should propose this to the Takshashila Foundation.

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Update: https://twitter.com/FOSSUnited/status/1564978893697589252