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Integrating Advocacy: Building the Policy Capacity of Digital Civil Society

Stanford University

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2020–September 30, 2022
  • Location Redwood City, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Canada, Europe, United States

About this grant

The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to recognize intersections with digital rights and policies and to engage in relevant digital rights policy advocacy. To this end, Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab, led by Dr. Lucy Bernholz, will create 10 online learning modules specific to digital policy issues impacting civil society and actively support and coordinate the use of these materials. For each module, a variety of media will be created, including video explainers, scenario exercises, funder and nonprofit checklists, curated resource lists, and policy briefs. The lab will work with civil society networks and infrastructure organizations to disseminate and use the modules. The activities during this phase of the project will build on the findings and strategies described in the lab’s 2020 report entitled Integrating Advocacy. The lab aims to understand how digital technology has transformed civil society and to shape these transformations to support a thriving and independent civil society in the digital age.