Are you passionate about mobilizing others to take action on pressing Internet policy issues? Do you enjoy raising awareness through participatory educational events?
Help us build a global community of Advocacy Task Forces.
Mozilla Advocacy Task Forces are a great way to share your talents and passion for protecting the open web. We are looking for volunteer technologists, mobilizers, educators, and mentors.
What does an Advocacy Task Force do?
Task forces educate and drive participation in their local communities in an effort to raise awareness around Internet policy issues. They advance and protect the free and open Web through campaigns and direct educational efforts.
Local task forces are globally networked to share resources and best practices.
The advocacy task force has two distinct contribution pathways:
- mobilizing – for those who like to strike while the iron is hot and recruit others to take immediate action on an issue that threatens the open Web
Key role: Plan and execute campaigns as needed.
- teaching – for those who enjoy directly educating others on an ongoing basis on topics related to privacy, security, surveillance, net neutrality and other pressing Internet issues
Key role: Actively give presentations and/or hold workshops at local universities, conferences, libraries, etc.
We also have opportunities for those who prefer to work behind the scenes on resources, tools, localization and more.
Benefits of Joining:
- Leadership opportunities
- Fellowship preparation
- Ability to make a difference
- Recognition and support
One of the biggest benefits to joining is the ability to make a difference while building leadership skills. By participating in campaigns you have an opportunity to change the course of the Web and by teaching others you have the ability to empower and inspire. Throughout your journey you can mentor others and blog about your experiences. Task forces can help prepare you for future leadership positions such as fellowships and more. Task forces are coordinated with other Mozilla initiatives and organizations, such as Participation, Community Engagement, Webmaker, and Product Marketing.
It’s easy to get started. We have created a repository of existing presentations and other resources to make it easy for others to join us and start spreading the word.
Time commitment is flexible. Teach one session or many, as often as you’d like. Mobilizers tend to come together only when specific Internet policy issues and campaigns arise.
To build a Mozilla Advocacy Task Force in your community, follow these steps:
- Join the Advocacy Community on discourse and introduce yourself.
- Create an etherpad and invite others in your community to discuss ideas.
- Organize presentations, workshops, study groups, and other events around Internet policy issues that are important in your community.
- Let Stacy Martin and/or Melissa Romaine know about your Task Force.
- Create a wiki page to showcase your Task Force!
Volunteering with Mozilla is about more than lending a hand. It’s about learning, collaborating and sharing your skills.
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