The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for collaborative policy advocacy initiatives to coordinate and amplify existing business and human rights efforts to advance Internet freedom. In support of the U.S. policy to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable global Internet, DRL’s goal is to promote fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online by supporting civil society to advocate for rights-respecting policies and practices with governments, commercial enterprises, and technical bodies to ensure the same human rights guaranteed offline are protected and respected online. In line with this goal, DRL seeks to expand ongoing efforts in the fields of business and human rights and Internet freedom by empowering civil society to promote best practices for respecting human rights within the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, specifically among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit proposals outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.
Responses to this Notice of Funding Opportunity should propose policy advocacy programs to empower local Internet freedom and business and human rights advocates to promote the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights among SMEs, especially tech companies in the start-up phase and in developing countries. These efforts should inform measures within the ICT sector to ensure that: 1) commercial operations do not cause, contribute or become complicit in human rights abuses; 2) corporate partnerships and arrangements uphold human rights responsibilities; 3) business relationships are structured to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts; and 4) civil society and the private sector collaborate to inform and impact relevant governmental policies and practices at the national and international level, including government censorship, network shutdowns, and data localization requirements.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to form consortia that span traditionally independent efforts, institutions, and areas of expertise. Applications that do not demonstrate an awareness of business and human rights concepts and are not inclusive of experienced parties are unlikely to receive funding. Competitive proposals will feature partnerships with leading ICT companies or industry associations, and/or demonstrate key private sector stakeholders’ strong commitment to the project objectives.
University is limited to one proposal.
|UIC Letter of Intent||
July 12, 2017
|UIC Internal Competition||
|Sponsor Letter of Intent||
September 25, 2017
Letter of Intent
Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program. White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.
Please contact Natalia Glubisz at RDS@uic.edu or 312-996-8348 with any questions.
If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.