About the Organization

IT for Change aims for a society in which digital technologies contribute to human rights, social justice and equity. Most mainstream approaches to digital technologies for development are either techno-utopic or promote a market-fundamentalist approach, often both together. A digital makeover of economies and societies has become a convenient opportunity for wholesale corporatisation of social systems, displacing the cornerstone ethics of democratic participation, commons, social justice and gender equality from development discourse.

Progressive actors from all sectors, we believe, must come together to influence the techno-social changes that are redefining our societies in all areas. They need to begin with framing the discourse, and then advocate for appropriate policies and demonstrate working models on the ground. Therefore, even as our own strategies span all these three areas, we also seek to build bridges across different sectors, in the global struggle towards an equitable digital society.

Job Description 

This track will focus on issues of freedom of expression, privacy, and traditional digital rights issues. Expertise in social media governance (with a focus on hate speech) and familiarity with the international human rights frameworks is desirable.

The ideal candidate will lead and support research on cutting-edge themes within the pertinent track, undertake socio-economic and legal analysis and engage actively in national and global policy processes.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Steering policy and legal research addressing social justice and equity with respect to the pertinent track.
  • Inputting into and supporting policy consultations and other national and global advocacy opportunities in the domain to influence norms development.
  • Assisting with organizing sessions and attending/presenting at national and international advocacy events.
  • Developing written outputs from research initiatives, including reports, academic articles, media pieces and explainers.
  • Supporting organizational grant development and collaboration and M&E activities of projects.

Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience 

  • A PhD/Masters’ degree for the concerned track (including but not limited to, law, public policy, economics, critical media studies, feminist studies and other allied degrees).
  • 3+ years of demonstrable research experience.
  • Excellent technical and academic writing skills.
  • Training and familiarity in research methodologies.
  • A strong public policy orientation.
  • Experience with managing people, resources and action plans effectively in asynchronous, global arrangements.


  • Oral/written fluency in Kannada/Hindi.
  • Fluency in handling social media platforms for outreach and communications.

How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should apply to jobs-Policy-Researchers[at]itforchange[dot]net, with a CV and a writing sample/portfolio. The subject line should be ‘Policy Researcher – Digital Rights’.
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