HELP WANTED

Section 230 Defense Campaigner (contract position)

Fight for the Future is a powerful activism team fighting to ensure that technology is a force for empowerment, free expression, and liberation rather than tyranny, corruption, and structural inequality.

We are an intentionally small, fierce team of technologists, creatives, and policy experts working to educate and mobilize at an unprecedented scale, achieving victories previously thought to be impossible.

We’re deeply committed to fighting for justice and recognize that tech policy disproportionately impacts BIPOC, low income people, religious minorities, political dissidents, LGBTQ people, and others who face systemic oppression. We’re also ruthlessly non-partisan and believe in rigorous independent thinking.

PROJECT:

We're looking for candidates who can help increase our firepower to run campaigns to save free speech online, fight censorship, and defend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. We believe it’s one of the most important laws protecting free expression and human rights in the digital age, and we think changes to it will almost certainly harm marginalized communities the most. See more here, here, here, and here.

We’re interested in talking to technologists who are fascinated by policy and want to learn strategies to win. We’re interested in talking to campaigners and policy nerds who care deeply about freedom of expression.

If you feel you could be a fit, we’d like to hear from you. We were a 100% remote team before the pandemic and we will be afterwards.

Scope of work:

  • Identify, monitor, and analyze regulatory and legislative developments affecting section 230
  • Keep campaign microsite where users can contact Congress and FCC up to date
  • Build coalition of supporting companies and civil society groups
  • Write script and provide guidance on a series of explainer videos about Section 230 and human rights
  • Generate a consistent stream of social media material for coalition
  • Draft materials for press, including op-eds to be placed in prominent outlets
  • Conduct message testing with our immediate audience to hone in on the messages that are resonating with people from across the political spectrum
  • Draft rapid-response petition copy, emails and SMS sends as needed
  • Help to mobilize untapped constituencies like gamers, YouTube, creators, teachers / educators, subreddit moderators, etc

Note: You could be taking on all of the responsibilities or it may be that you take on fewer given your deeper expertise in one or more areas. We can talk more about how we shape the position and what additional training you’ll need to step into newer responsibilities

Qualifications:

  • You have at least two years of experience in relevant fields which include technology, campaigns, grassroots organizing, policy/legislative, or writing/journalism.
  • You have some knowledge of campaigning and understand what it takes to move the needle, including how to build power on an issue, who we need with us, messaging that will move people, and the steps to get us there.
  • You have writing experience, especially for large audiences, including online audiences and traditional media. You can synthesize complex ideas into concise, easily understandable copy for the web and get people’s head nodding and heart pumping.
  • You have experience with and a commitment to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds, and people from the LGBTQ community.
  • You can communicate with people who are different from you, who may have different backgrounds and perspectives, and who hold political beliefs that you may passionately oppose.
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in Spanish or other languages is a plus.

Reports to: You will work with the organization’s Executive Director and Deputy Director who have a combined 30+ years in campaigning, our campaigns staff, and a professional designer and senior software engineer which will position you well to build the tech needed on any campaign. Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds -- including startups, the music industry, and campaign organizations. We’re looking for well-rounded individuals who have a range of interests, can do a little bit of everything, and know what they’re really good at! We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place to work for women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, as well as parents.

Compensation: The position would be 20 hours per week with a rate of $20-$50 per hour, depending on experience. We offer support for remote work, training and mentoring, and a driven, highly collaborative, supportive work environment.

How to apply:

Please click here and send us your resume (no need for a full cover letter) and take a few minutes to answer our application questions. Please let us know where you heard about the jobs and ideally include links with samples of your writing, projects you worked on, art or music you created etc. Being well-rounded is a plus, so don’t exclude significant skills or achievements just because they aren’t activism related (e.g.starting a business, or being a musician).

Fight for the Future is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer. Fight does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We believe that a diverse staff enables us to better understand and serve our members, audience and community. Women, people of color, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.