The Internet Law and Policy Foundry (aka the Foundry) is proud to announce its third class of Fellows. The 2019 Fellows Class consists of 56 future leaders in internet law and policy. The Fellows are students and early career professionals from a range of nonprofits, think tanks, internet companies, law and professional services firms, top universities, and congressional offices.
The Foundry brings together future leaders in the internet law and public policy space to network and participate in events aimed at providing them opportunities to share their research.
The 2019 Class represents diversity in demographics, geography, ideology, and skillsets. While many Fellows are lawyers, the class also includes cybersecurity professionals, a historian, and computer scientists. Several fellows have backgrounds as programmers, engineers, data analysts, and in similar technical roles.
Geography of the 2019 Class of Fellows
The Foundry is based in Washington, DC. The 2019 Fellows, however, are a geographically diverse group. Of the 56 Fellows:
- 29 are in Washington, DC
- 10 are in the Bay Area
- Others are located in: New York, NY; Boston, MA; Scottsdale, AZ; Madison, WI; Gujarat, India; and more!
How the Fellows are Selected
Foundry Fellows are chosen through a competitive process. The Foundry opened up its applications for the 2019 Class of Fellows in late spring of 2019, and current Fellows reviewed applications through August of this year. For its Fellows, the Foundry seeks “doers” who are interested in the Foundry’s activities, have a passion for technology, and can provide diverse perspectives on internet law and policy issues.
The Foundry chooses a new cohort of Fellows through a competitive process every two years. The current class of Foundry Fellows was selected in 2017, and will transition out of their Fellow roles as the 2019 Fellows ramp up their activities over the fall.
Internet Education Foundation
The Foundry is a project of the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), which runs the Congressional App Challenge and the annual State of the Net conference in Washington, DC, perhaps the best known conference on internet policy issues. IEF also runs the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory, which hosts a long running series of technology briefings on Capitol Hill.
IEF launched the Foundry to fill a gap: before the Foundry there were few if any professional organizations for lawyers and policy experts focused specifically on internet law and policy, despite growing interest in the field. The Foundry also provides opportunities for students and early career professionals to provide leadership and showcase their skills, distinguishing it from well established niche bar associations and other professional groups.
You can read more about the Foundry on its website: http://www.ilpfoundry.us/
See the 2019 Class of Fellows at: ilpfoundry.us/about/2019Class
Foundry Fellows // The 2019 Class
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