Karachi, 5 April 2013
Bolo Bhi today announced the launch of its Inaugural Internship Program 2013. The 10-week long internship will begin in early June.
The Internet has contributed much to economies globally, revolutionizing the way people communicate, conduct business, and learn about the world. Pakistan is currently in a state of growth, and the Internet presents a unique tool for the people of Pakistan to develop solutions to the challenges of today. The Internet presents enormous potential and challenges for Pakistan, our economy and society – from the ongoing YouTube block to the repeated failings of the Election Commission of Pakistan website. The future of the Internet – and industry – here, depends on the underlying policy framework.
This is an exciting and developing area of policy discourse, and policy makers and legal scholars with an underlying understanding of the issues and the technology behind them will be increasingly sought after in the near future.
The successful interns will have the opportunity to contribute to the public dialogue on issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users in Pakistan. It will focus on research and seek to foster partnerships on the ground towards a singularly founded philosophy of Internet openness, and help with the general awareness and education on Internet policy.
Bolo Bhi means ‘Speak up’, in Urdu. We are a not-for-profit registered under the Societies Act XXI of 1860. Bolo Bhi is geared towards advocacy, policy and research in the areas of gender rights, government transparency, legislation, Internet access, digital security, privacy and empowerment. We are a team of individuals with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about the same causes and believe it is crucial to bridge the gap between rights advocates, policy makers, media and citizens. It is by bridging this gap that one can move ahead to chart a way forward and resolve issues through consensus, in a way that is mutually beneficial.