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McCain Institute Announces New Fellowship to Examine Impact of Tech on American Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2024) – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) is launching a new American Democracy & Technology Policy Translation Fellowship, created with the generous support of the Knight Foundation. This 12-month fellowship gives highly qualified individuals an unparalleled opportunity to further the national conversation on technology and democracy.

As part of this Fellowship, individuals will propose and execute a specific project to identify and apply emerging research and technological innovations to promote democracy and protect rights in the face of technological challenges, mis- and disinformation, and efforts to undermine American democratic norms and institutions.

Utilizing the resources and networks of the McCain Institute and the Knight Foundation, the fellow will engage leaders, communicators, analysts, technologists, policy advocates, and American democracy professionals to further the national conversation on technology and democracy. The selected fellow will be provided a $100,000 one-year stipend to support this work.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and six years of relevant work experience or have completed a graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. technology sector, democracy and tech, democracy policy, law, or business) and two years of work experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience to be considered for this fellowship.

Interested individuals must submit a proposal designed to expand research and policy recommendations on how AI can improve American democracy. The proposal should be no more than 4 pages and should be specific as to which Knight Research Network scholarship will serve as the basis for the proposal.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

About the McCain Institute at Arizona State University

The McCain Institute is a nonpartisan organization inspired by Senator John McCain and his family’s dedication to public service. We are part of Arizona State University and based in Washington, D.C. Our programs defend democracy, advance human rights and freedom, and empower character-driven leaders. Our unique power to convene leaders across the global political spectrum enables us to make a real impact on the world’s most pressing challenges. Our goal is action, not talk, and like Senator McCain, we are fighting to create a free, safe, and just world for all.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

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Publish Date
March 20, 2024