There are roughly 2 Million people that have been laid off this year, and many of them don’t know how to find a job in the new world of technology.
This quick how-to guide is only 14 pages and gives direct links of where to go to look for work, and gives example Google queries to use to find places to apply specific to your industry and/or region.
There are also tips on how to use social media to your benefit, and a quick note on where to land a quick freelancing job.
Download Job Hunting Guide for 2009 Here:
Just received this from my friend Sheraan Amod, who by the way is the focal point who advised on the creation of this great community space. If I had the tech skills, I'd just get the first flight and go tomorrow to South Africa for this position.
My startup is hiring! We’re looking for a Junior Developer to join our team. I’d really appreciate it if you could help me out by sharing this message with your network. Here’s the short job advertisement:
Geeks who want to change the world, listen up! This early stage, award-winning, funded startup is seeking a junior developer to join our team. Working knowledge of PHP, XML/XML-RPC, JSON and MySQL/ PostgreSQL are important. You’ll get bonus points for knowing the Facebook app API, Python/Ruby, jQuery, CSS+XHTML and Ajax technologies. You need to be a self-starter: someone who spends their free time programming and trying to build stuff. We are offering a full-time paid position with flexible compensation, equity and long-term upside, available immediately. The position is based in Cape Town, but your work will influence the world. If you are smart, young, and feel excited about creating a disruptive media platform, email us now at email@example.com, or check out http://geek4startup.synthasite.com for further info. We can’t wait to buy you lunch.
Please help spread the word!
(My apologies if you've already seen this message. In that case I trust that you have passed it on already :o)
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Date: Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 9:26 AM
Subject: [berkmanfriends] CSR Initiative: Web 2.0 and Accountability- 6 month research position
This job posting for a 6 month research position just came in from our friend, Caroline Rees, who is the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. She is part of the team working with John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (www.baseswiki.org).
Please feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested--and please let me know if there are others you think I should share it with. Please note that they've only indicated approximate salary for now, as this will have to go through HR approval.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE: WEB 2.0 AND ACCOUNTABILITY
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS FOR A SIX-MONTH RESEARCH POSITION.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School is seeking applications for a six-month full-time research position, with possible extension subject to further funding, to undertake mapping work on the use of Web 2.0 interfaces as a means of enhancing corporate accountability.
Web 2.0 applications have had a significant role in empowering individuals to network and share knowledge, ideas and resources. Their use for social and activist organizing is well-known and has become an effective means of galvanizing campaigns. As such, these applications can be an accountability tool employed by civil society groups against companies deemed to be acting inappropriately.
Much less explored is the role web 2.0 applications might play as a means of interactive engagement and accountability between companies and their stakeholders in society – a vehicle in which both sides have an interest in engaging. Early emerging examples of this mutually beneficial use of web 2.0 for enhanced accountability are as:
Ø a means for a company to gain feedback from its stakeholders on what issues are seen as material for inclusion in its social responsibility report.
Ø a platform to invite stakeholders to innovate ideas for social investment projects that would link to a company’s core activities.
Ø an information-sharing platform about the mechanisms, organizations and experts that can facilitate dispute resolution between companies and their stakeholders.
The CSR Initiative’s Governance and Accountability Program is proposing to undertake scoping research to map the forms and usages of web 2.0 applications that might most beneficially be used to enhance interactive accountability between companies and their stakeholders. The specific objectives will be to identify what web 2.0 applications are:
Ø already being used as a means for accountability, with what level of success;
Ø already being applied in the wider context of CSR but could be used to enhance corporate accountability as well;
Ø already being applied beyond the context of CSR but could be applied within the CSR field and specifically to enhance corporate accountability;
Ø not currently being used but suggest themselves as possible innovations to the benefit of enhanced corporate accountability.
The CSRI proposes to take on a full-time researcher for six months to undertake this mapping work for an approximate salary of $30,000. Subject to negotiation, the project will commence in June 2009. Subject to satisfactory completion of the work and the availability of funding, a subsequent phase of follow-up work may be available.
The researcher will begin by setting out a program of work designed to deliver the outcomes identified above and a timeline and benchmarks for delivery. He/she will report to the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program, Caroline Rees. Depending on time available, he/she may also be asked to provide advice and some limited assistance to the BASESwiki project undertaken by the CSR Initiative on behalf of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (www.baseswiki.org).
The researcher does not need to be based in Cambridge, but will need to be able to communicate regularly, by email and phone, with the Program Director, Caroline Rees. Applicants will need to show evidence of:
- expertise in the area of social media
- experience and knowledge of corporate social responsibility issues
- an ability to work as a self-starter as well as to collaborate with others
- strong analytical and writing skills
- good interpersonal skills and ideally some experience in conducting research interviews
Applications should be submitted by 30 April to firstname.lastname@example.org with a full CV, a covering letter setting out how the applicant would meet the job requirements, and the names and contact details of any referees.
 This is a current project of the CSR Initiative on behalf of the UN Secretary-Generals’ Special Representative for Business and Human Rights in collaboration with the International Bar Association and the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of the World Bank Groups.
So how do you tackle that writing sample request? Here are 5 tips to make sure your writing sample doesn't end your chances of getting the job:
1. Know that a lot of people don't send a sample-so if you send one, your chances of scoring an interview just improved. Requiring a writing sample usually drops the candidate pool in half-only about 50% of candidates will take the time to send one. That makes it easier for the recruiter- fewer applicants to consider. (Oh-and if you're thinking you can ignore the request for the writing sample and still remain in contention for the position, think again.)
2. Make sure your sample is perfect and contains no spelling or grammatical errors. Employers aren't seeking writing samples for the fun of it. Most of us have learned that resumes and cover letters are not always written by the candidate. Short of plagiarism (which is never recommended!), candidates usually submit their "true" work in a writing sample. I work in a higher education setting, for example, and good writing skills are important. I can't afford to have staff members sending poor quality emails to faculty or employers, so I carefully read writing samples for obvious problems.
3. Understand that a writing sample request is another form of test. How well does the candidate understand the position and/or the field to which they are applying? Sending a sample educational report on a student to an advertising firm or a report about pregnant teenagers to a nonprofit environmental agency quickly demonstrates that the candidate hasn't thought about the position and the type of writing involved. Don't waste time wishing that the employer would give you more information about the writing sample: sorry, folks, that's part of the test. If the employer doesn't specify what they're seeking, perhaps that's because they expect you to know. If a length is not specified, generally speaking, one or two pages should be fine.
Job Opening: Anonymity, Privacy and Internet Access
Published Wed, 05/08/2009 - 14:58
The NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the Politecnico di Torino
(DAUIN) seeks two bright, proactive and motivated researchers for the
following job posting.
Title of the project and main objectives
Title: Identifying Internet users: technical, legal and economic
analysis of the consequences on privacy, fundamental freedoms,
innovation and business models.
The project concerns the growing possibility of identifying Internet
users and tracking their on-line activities. This issue is to be
analyzed from a multidisciplinary point of view, taking
simultaneously into account technical, legal and economic aspects and
their consequences on privacy, fundamental freedoms, innovation and
The topic is very broad. To start from a specific example, the
research is to be focused, at least initially, on the Italian Decree
n. 144 (now Law n. 155 of 31 luglio 2005). This law was adopted as an
emergency measure to fight terrorism and to increase the safety of
citizens and of national infrastructures and currently conditions
Internet access on the strong identification of Internet users (via
picture I.D., or, in recent cases, via SMS). While enhanced safety is
certainly a worthy societal objective, the consequences on privacy and
other fundamental freedoms of citizens, but also on innovation and
business models, have so far not been investigated. Among the issues
involved are: the widespread availability of Wi-Fi in Italy, the
adoption of advanced technologies, such as wireless mesh networks, the
likelihood that shopping malls or bars offer free Internet connection
to their customers. A rational costs-benefits analysis, therefore, has
so far not been possible, preventing the identification of solutions
representing a widely agreed upon trade-off between, on the one side,
enhanced protection from criminal activities and, on the other side,
individual and entrepreneurial fundamental liberties.
The impact of the aforementioned Italian law, therefore, is to provide
the initial case study for the research project, but would not
represent the exclusive focus of the analysis. The research, in fact,
should provide a comparative analysis of the situation and similar laws
in OECD countries; furthermore, the NEXA Center for Internet & Society
intends to study this and similar issues and their social and economic
impact, with the goal of reaching a deeper understanding of the
interrelationship between anonymity, privacy and Internet access.
The project will be supervised by the directors of the NEXA Center for
Internet & Society and will take place in coordination with the staff
of the Center.
This job opening concerns a research grant ("assegno di ricerca") for
the duration of 1 year (in principle, renewable) and with a yearly
salary of euro 17,700 (entirely tax-exempt under Italian fiscal laws).
The deadline for the submission of applications (and of the required
documents) is 30 September 2009. Please, see the link below for
The selected applicants are expected to start their research activity
on 1^st November 2009.
The selection will be based both on the curricula, publications and
other relevant documents submitted by the applicants (deadline:
September 30, 2009) and on an interview that will take place on 9^th
October 2009 in Turin, Politecnico di Torino, DAUIN, third floor (at
11:00 AM the selection committee will post the results of the curricula
examination; interviews will start at 11:30).
Topics of the Interview
Internet: architecture and main technological characteristics; Elements
of computer & Internet Law; Economics of innovation and economic
analysis of law (i.e. elements of the law and economics of innovation);
the Italian Decree 27/07/2005, n.144 (today law 31 luglio 2005, n. 155)
and other laws and bills concerning the identification of Internet
users: effects on innovation, on business models, on privacy and on the
digital divide in Italy. During the interview, the curriculum of the
applicant will be discussed (along with the submitted publications and
other relevant documents) and the degree of proficiency of the
applicant with respect to the English language will be tested; for
foreign citizens some basic communications skills in Italian will also
Relevant topics for the applicants' publications and curricula
Computer & Internet law and interaction between law and digital
technologies, with special reference to privacy related issues;
Economic analysis of law (law&economics), with particular reference to
the interaction between the legal system and innovation; Economics;
Wi-fi networking, identification and monitoring of users.
The research grant is open to researchers holding one of the following
Degree in Economics, Statistic Economic and Social Sciences,
Econometrics, Law, Computer or Software Engineering, Electronic
Engineering, Engineering of Telecommunications or equivalent foreign
degrees (please, see the official call LINK for a detailed list of
Applications from post-doc researchers are appreciated, but holding a
Ph.D. is not a formal requirement for applicants.
Applications should follow the formal procedure described at the above
mentioned link, but - if you need additional information - please feel
free to contact the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the following
address: info [at] nexa [dot] polito [dot] it, object "Job Opening
2/2009: Anonimity, Privacy and Access" or call +39 011 564 5956 during
business hours (CET).
PhD Research Project Position
“Deep Packet Inspection and Internet Governance”
Technology University of Delft, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Section
Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) is a technology that enables the network operator to
analyze Internet packets as they move through the network, and make decisions about
how to handle them based on their contents. This research project will examine the
deployment of DPI by Internet service providers, and analyze its impact on Internet
governance policies and Internet users. The project will explore whether DPI capabilities
constitute a disruptive technology that will lead to major changes in the way the Internet
is governed and in the operational practices and business models of Internet service
providers. The Ph.D. student would attempt to discover the extent to which Internet
service providers (ISPs) are deploying DPI and to identify the economic, technical
regulatory and political factors that promote and constrain its use. DPI is already being
deployed or proposed in areas such as bandwidth management, content regulation,
intrusion detection, behavioral advertising and copyright enforcement. The overall
purpose would be to scientifically assess the implications of DPI deployment on the
privacy, security and freedom of Internet users.
The successful Ph.D. candidate will become an integral part of the scientific staff of the
ICT Section. While the focus of the job will be on the specific research project, the
candidate is expected to participate in, contribute to and invest in the further development
of scientific knowledge in the field of Internet governance. About 80% of the time is
allocated for Ph.D. research activities; the remaining time is dedicated to the support of
the educational activities of the Section and some minor management tasks.
Appropriate candidates for this research position will need to be capable of and
enthusiastic about interdisciplinary work. Candidates will need to combine an
understanding of networking technology with social science disciplines, preferably
economics and/or political science. Applicants should have a master’s degree in any
relevant discipline, along with strong academic motivation and ambition. The successful
candidate must possess the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment of
economists, political scientists, information scientists and engineers. We are especially
interested in candidates with good research capabilities as demonstrated by excellent
study results. Delft University of Technology is a bilingual organisation; a good
command of English (written and oral) is thus essential. The position can begin in
September or October 2009.
The research project will be directed by Prof. Dr. Milton Mueller, XS4All Chair at TU
Delft. To learn more about the project and the situation in the ICT section at TU Delft,
contact Dr. Mueller at email@example.com. To formally apply please send a detailed
CV together with a letter of motivation before September 30, 2009 to: ICT Secretariat,
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, P&O
department, attn. Ms. Eveline Zeegers, P.O. Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands.
Or apply online: to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Technology University of Delft is a multifaceted institution offering education
and carrying out research within the technical sciences at an internationally recognized
level. The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management contributes to sustainable
solutions for technical challenges in society by combining the insights of engineering
with the humanities and social sciences. The University is located in the historic town of
Delft, about 50 km south of Amsterdam and near The Hague.
Berkman Center Fellowship Opportunity: Broadband Research
Duties And Responsibilities: The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University is actively seeking a resident fellow to join the Center immediately and lead its ongoing project examining the role of broadband access in society and the policy decisions that affect its nature. Working closely with the project leadership and others in the Berkman community, the fellow will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the broadband project, including: shaping research questions and focus, reviewing extant literature, supervising research assistants, performing data analysis, writing case studies, coordinating with outside researchers and soliciting input, communicating with entities like the FCC, monitoring new activity in the space, and relationship-building. In particular, through early fall of 2009, Berkman will assist the Federal Communications Commission in reviewing worldwide broadband studies. The project is a collaborative effort including Harvard faculty, Berkman Center fellows, and student researchers. This fellowship is also positioned for dynamic participation in the broader Berkman Center Fellowship Program, including interacting with, supporting, and learning from and with fellow fellows and the larger Berkman community. As with all Berkman appointments, this is a term position ending June 30, 2010. Continuation is contingent on program needs and resource considerations.
Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated ability leading a significant research project through all stages including conception, design, writing, and publishing. Ability to inspire production within a busy environment from a small team of reporting researchers as well as from cooperating faculty and fellows. Must possess a blend of knowledge, curiosity, openness and self-motivation. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential. Desire to work for dynamic, mission-driven organization is a must. We seek to fill this position ASAP, so qualified applicants must be available to start without delay, and be equipped to hit the ground running with regard to knowledge of related ongoing research, literature, and sources.
Additional Information: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu. The broadband project explores various economic, regulatory, and cultural factors in high-speed internet access. The outputs include in-depth case studies, quantitative analysis of broadband data, qualitative investigation of policy, and reviews of existing work. The Berkman Center is at a uniquely central position in U.S. broadband policy as a respected convener of stakeholders and synthesizer of positions.
The Ford Foundation
Program Officer, Freedom of Expression
Education, Creativity and Free Expression Program
(Rio de Janeiro)
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Program Officer will be responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a portfolio of grants addressing issues relating to media rights and access as well as advancing public media services in Brazil. S/he will strive to promote a media environment that demonstrates balance between freedom of expression and media regulation and that ensures symmetry of opportunities for citizens and groups generating, disseminating, and acquiring information. S/he will be expected to evaluate current strategies against the changing context of the media landscape and identify new priorities for the future in close consultation with a broad range of activists, civil society representatives, government officials, scholars, public policy analysts and individuals from the private sector.
The current priorities of the work in this area are:
· Consolidation and expansion of the field of communication rights, strengthening the capacities and the autonomy of civil society organizations and academic centers in this area.
· Promotion of an institutional architecture that prioritizes efficiency, efficacy, transparency, and accountability of formal bodies responsible for elaborating, regulating, and implementing media policies.
· Efforts to strengthen capacities and the role played by the public media systems.
· Efforts that reinforce an investigative culture in journalism, specially the one practiced by the public and alternative media.
· Expansion of the presence, legitimacy, and opportunities of Afro-Brazilians, indigenous people, and women in media companies, as well as mobilization processes to promote and defend the right to communicate.
The Program Officer is expected to develop and maintain close working relationships with existing and potential grantees, and with leaders in governments, research institutions, philanthropic organizations, private sector and civil society; identify potential grantees; solicit, review and respond to proposals; recommend and monitor grants and evaluate programming; and offer support and guidance as needed to actual and potential grantees. The Program Officer will contribute to defining the Brazil office’s overall strategic direction, seek opportunities to cooperate programmatically with other organizations and the other portfolios of the Brazil Office, collaborate with colleagues in other Foundation offices to support regional and global networks and initiatives, and play a leadership role in the field.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Substantive experience in the field of communication in Brazil; Appropriate educational background (an advanced degree in communication and/or social sciences is preferred); Significant professional experience working with a range of civil society actors and with public and/or private communication sector; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Demonstrated ability to conceptualize program ideas and develop innovative strategies; Demonstrated analytical, writing and organizational skills; Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives; Fluency in Portuguese and English is mandatory.
Location: Rio de Janeiro/Brazil Target Date: September 2010
Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. An attractive benefits package is provided.
To apply for the position, visit www.fordfound.org/employment .
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
The full text of the book An Introduction to Internet Governance (6th edition) is available here. The translated versions in Serbian/BCS, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese are also available for download.