GIGANET: World Wide Web Integrity Index — Call for Consultants

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Call for Consultants to lead and review research on the Web’s use, utility and impact in 80 countries, contributing to the 2013 Web Index.

Who We Are Looking For:  Professionals from the fields of journalism, non-governmental organization, academia and the private sector with proven record in performing high-quality interviews and desk research, meeting deadlines, and promptly responding to queries as part of a large research team. Interested candidates, including those colleagues who have worked with us before, should apply online by visiting no later than April 20th.

Global Integrity is embarking on a partnership with the World Wide Web Foundation to prepare the 2013 Web Index.  The Web Index is the first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s use, utility and impact. In 2012, the Web Index covered 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web; in 2013 coverage will be increased to roughly 80 countries.  The Web Index is a tool that helps advocates and policy analysts draw upon actionable measures to identify impediments and track improvements in Web access and affordability.  The Web Index also helps inform decision-makers and regulators as to what changes can be made to Web governance in country to help achieve greater and more sustainable development outcomes.

This effort will require a global team of reporters and reviewers around the world to conduct original research and data gathering that will feed into the final 2013 Web Index. For information on the requirements and how to apply, please see the Fact Sheet below.

Project Roles:

Lead Researcher: An experienced journalist (preferred) or researcher with proven experience doing desk research, original interviews of key informants and obtaining other current hard information to assess social and economic issues. The indicators to be researched and scored for the Web Index involve some specific technical questions related to both technology and economic development, so knowledge of the Web, Web governance, and/or international development issues is preferred but not absolutely necessary.

A strong command of English is required. Lead researchers must be working in the country of study, be independent of government (having not served in a government position for at least three years), and have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience.

Reviewers: They play a key role in the data quality control process by reading and providing commentary on the information submitted by the Lead Researcher. They are asked to provide feedback on whether they feel an indicator is accurate, relevant and fair. Knowledge on Web architecture and systems, Web legal and regulatory frameworks, and use of the web for social, economic, or political development is required. A strong command of English is required. There will be three types of Reviewers:

-Country Reviewers: These are experts in a specific country and have a deep knowledge of the local reality in relation to the Web, Web governance, and/or international development issues.

-Functional Reviewers: These are experts with a deep knowledge of at least one of the core dimensions of the Web Index (institutional infrastructure, Web, communications, economic impact, political impact, gender, and social impact). They will review many if not all of the countries covered in the 2013 Web Index, but will only be asked to review the indicators that fall within their area of expertise for each of the countries.

Regional Reviewers: They are familiar with the Web and information and communications policy in a particular region of the world. Regional reviewers will be asked to review all indicators for the countries that fall within their region of expertise.

Timing and necessary availability: Lead Researchers will begin their fieldwork in May 2013, have four weeks to submit answers to roughly 100 indicators (questions), and must be available to promptly clarify any aspect of their research through July 2013. Reviewers must be available to perform their review of the data between June and August 2013 and must be available to do the review at short notice and with a quick turn around (2-3 days).

Compensation: Compensation for Lead Researchers will be US$1,000 for gathering data, scoring the indicators and responding to queries and requests for feedback. Compensation for Country and Regional Reviewers will be approximately $200 per country reviewed, and for the Functional Reviewers it will depend on number of countries and indicators assigned for review. All contributors to the project will be publicly acknowledged.

Country coverage: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. PLEASE NOTE MORE COUNTRIES WILL BE ADDED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

Who We Are:

Global Integrity is anon-profit, non-partisan organization that champions transparent and accountable government around the world by producing innovative research and technologies that inform, connect, and empower civic, private, and public reformers seeking more open societies.

The World Wide Web Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to achieving a world in which all people can use the Web to communicate, collaborate and innovate freely, building bridges across the divides that threaten our shared future.

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