The Collective Action in Tech Fellowship 2021

Collective Action in Tech (CAiT) is looking for tech workers, researchers, journalists and content creators who want to tell the stories of collective action in tech in the Global South.

Collective Action in Tech began in 2019 as a digital archive with the ambitious goal of cataloging all publicly reported collective actions in the technology industry around the world. Since then we have expanded to become a research and media project. Our mission is to provide data and insights on organizing in the tech industry, to find connections between different efforts, and to build worker power in tech by raising awareness of the long history of activism in the industry.

The Collective Action in Tech Fellowship 2021

This year’s theme will focus on collective actions in the Global South (South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia). The technology industry is a global one, but labour actions in the U.S. and Europe receive disproportionately more media attention than those in the Global South. CAiT seeks to address this inequality by giving talented content creators the resources and channels to tell their stories. 

In creating this fellowship, they hope that fellows will learn about the similarities and differences of tech worker struggle in various geographies of the Global South and North and bring these learnings to their own site of struggle.

The idea behind the Collective Action in Tech Fellowship is to provide resources and channels for talented content creators to share their accounts of collective action in the technology industry. Applicants should either be tech workers themselves or have the trust and good faith of the tech worker community they cover. Journalists and academics are welcome but an institutional affiliation is NOT necessary to apply. We are interested in accounts that might otherwise go unreported or underreported in the global press. For this year’s fellowship, we have chosen to focus on stories from the Global South. Based on our own experience running the Collective Action in Tech archive, CAiT has found that actions from this part of the world receive significantly fewer media coverage than those located elsewhere.

Benefits

For every fellow accepted into the program, we can offer:

  • $500-1000 per project based on team size and resources needed for the project
  • Publication on our website AND with one of our media partners 
  • Membership in a community of fellows and CAiT members and contributors; optional virtual workshops for providing feedback and reviewing pieces

The fellowship will run from March 15th to June 15th, 2021. Fellows will be required to attend a minimum of two Zoom meetings to meet other recipients and to offer a brief description of their work. For those who are interested, there are opportunities to become further involved with our larger project. We are planning to recruit 3-6 fellows for this year’s program.

Eligibility

Content can take a variety of forms including written accounts, audiovisual recordings, interviews, or virtual exhibitions. Once selected, you will work closely with members of our group and with their media partners to produce a piece of content for a wider audience. You can find our definition of what constitutes a “collective action in tech” here

This year, CAiT is seeking projects that document actions in the Global South (South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia). Actions may be historical or present-day, and they welcome submissions from individuals or groups of up to three people. It’s worth noting, CAiT is interested in the broader story of how the action came together, what strategies were successful, and how workers came to form a community. 

At the moment, we can only consider pieces written or translated into English. However, CAiT would be interested in publishing your piece in multiple languages if you are able and willing to provide a translation. Several of our media partners are also willing to publish pieces in multiple languages. They recognize the additional labour required here and stress this is entirely optional.

How to Apply

Interested applicants for the Collective Action in Tech Fellowship are encouraged to follow the link below to apply;

Click here to Apply

Deadline: 1st March 2021

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