UNESCO calls for proposals: Defining Internet Universality Indicators

16 February 2017

UNESCO is inviting experts to develop indicators that will help the Organization pursue “Internet Universality”, which is about promoting human Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation (the ROAM principles) in cyber space.

Interested candidates are requested to submit an outline of their proposal for a policy paper in English (maximum 100 pages, 320 words each) and online project platform/website on Internet Universality indicators by noon Central European Time, 28 February.

The chosen expert(s) will be asked to complete their work from April 2017 to April 2018. They will be expected to develop and finalize a set of Internet Universality Indicators through a global multi-stakeholder consultation both online and offline with the following objectives:

  1. To develop and finalize an elaborated draft set of Internet Universality indicators and sub-indicators in line with international human rights standards and within the focus of the Internet Universality concept, with realistic and practical applicability to countries at all levels of statistical development.
  2. To plan and conduct an inclusive global and regional consultation process with multi-stakeholder groups, which will feed into the drafting and elaboration of Internet Universality indicators, including offline consultations as well as online tools via building and maintaining a dedicated online platform/website with multi-lingual access.

This project aims enrich stakeholders’ capacity to assess the development of the internet, broaden international consensus and foster online democracy and human rights. This study will be founded on UNESCO’s concept of Internet Universality.

The final deliverable setting out the indicators will take the form of a policy paper in English with maximum 100 standard pages (minimum of 320 words each) excluding annexes and bibliography, as well as a project online platform/website on Internet Universality indicators under UNESCO domain name and server. These products will help inform UNESCO’s 195 Member Sates and other international policy makers.

Interested researchers should submit proposals which include: a detailed description of the research methodology, an elaborated plan of a multi-stakeholder consultation, a strategy for the creation of an online platform/website, preliminary elaboration of five categories of indicators, a work plan, a timeline, a description of the team including CVs and the requested funding in US$ with a budget breakdown. This budget breakdown should show – if needs be – a minimum and a maximum scale of implementation.

Before considering making a proposal, please consult the project’s General Terms of Reference here.

Proposals should be submitted by email to internetstudy(at)unesco.org. To facilitate processing, kindly use write Proposal for Defining Internet Universality Indicators” in your email’s subject line.

Submissions will be acknowledged by email upon receipt but only selected organizations will receive further notification and correspondences.

For further enquiries, you may contact Ms Xianhong Hu and Mr Josselyn Guillarmou.

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