2021 Information Operations Fellowship

  • Internship
  • TSPA Members
  • Washington, D.C., USA

Website Twitter

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The Position

Twitter’s Site Integrity team is launching a fellowship program in 2021 intended to give emerging voices and early career investigators and researchers opportunities to work on challenging integrity problems at scale. The fellowship will offer graduate students, early career professionals and post-doc academics focused on data-driven investigations at the intersections of OSINT, data journalism, social/behavioral science and geopolitics the chance to embed with our Information Operations team for a six month interval, focused on specific projects or areas of inquiry. Are you passionate about contributing to Twitter’s evolving approach to tackling complex threats in a rapidly shifting information landscape? Does your work combine methods drawn from the fields of academia, intelligence analysis, investigations and policy making? Does the idea of supporting the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation on Twitter interest you? If so, you should join us!

What You’ll Do

IO Fellows apply to work on a project or projects for a six-month period and will be fully integrated into Trust & Safety’s SIte Integrity organization under the Information Operations (IO)  team. The IO team’s core focus comprises policy development, investigations and response on complex coordinated abuse including nation-state activity, political and election manipulation, coordinated harm and security threats to Twitter users. As such, Fellowship projects will feed directly into the team’s ongoing efforts to better understand and tackle these issues in an informed, responsible way that also builds on efforts outside Twitter to consider how to address them holistically. Fellows will make contributions to these efforts by:

  • Participating in active investigative work that is relevant to the project(s) core focus area(s)
  • Integrating findings, insights, and areas of work related to fellowship projects with ongoing SI workstream objectives through team planning and collaborations with Site Integrity staff
  • Working closely with partners in Research, Product and Data Science to help inform broader Twitter approaches to understanding and managing blended threats
  • Proposing and helping drive the implementation of policy, detection, and product improvements on the basis of your investigative projects
  • As available, engaging with the external community of practice around influence operations and coordinated abuse as a Twitter Fellow through roundtables and symposia

Twitter Trust & Safety is open to fellowship project proposals aligned with and applicable to Site Integrity’s current practice(s) and focus areas. The SIte Integrity team will work with accepted applicants to shape the scope of projects before the fellowship launches such that Fellows are well integrated into the operations of the team. In 2021, we are focused on  the following areas:

  1. Developing understanding of emergent harm networks on Twitter – driving signals development and approaches to addressing them through policy and enforcement
  2. Investigating the blend of commercial and political spam networks that emerge in the context of civic events and political flashpoints around the world, with particular focus on APAC and LATAM.
  3. Mapping the Information Operations supply chain through commercial organizations specializing in social media manipulation
  4. Technical analysis to better understand how our products are abused and exploited by coordinated actor groups.

Qualifications

We’re seeking graduate, post-doc or early career professionals who are motivated to help shape global understanding of coordinated social media abuse through deep investigations, analysis and policy development. Candidates who have the following qualities and experience are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated commitment to building a community of practice around internet-based investigative work.
  • Global perspective informed by multidisciplinary work serving the public interest
  • Exceptional analytic, research and writing skills making use of data

Candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page prospectus along with standard application materials that lays out the scope and objectives of a proposed investigative project or projects. The prospectus should include:

  • A short description of the proposed project and motivations behind it
  • Project objectives and optimal outcomes for the applicant
  • Expectations around materials, resources and data access needed to complete the work
  • Demonstration of any preparation or pre-work already completed in relation to the project or projects

 

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program OR working on post-doctoral research
  • Early stage professional or academic in applicable field(s), defined as 3-5 years into current work
  • Ability to work in the United States

To apply for this job please visit careers.twitter.com.