$50k fellowships for critical technologists
In world of morally compromised technology and markets, a few entities stand out as consistently on the side of right. Consumer Reports is one of them.
For 85 years, they have produced rigorous, unbiased, trustworthy accounts of the manufactured goods in our lives.
As good as they are at this, understanding digital technology requires significant changes, as software-based devices (especially those that interact with remote services) are difficult to evaluate in the lab, since their characteristics can be silently altered at any time.
CR rose to this challenge with a series of excellent, in-depth cybersecurity breakdowns of products and services, but it’s still early days.
Enter the CR Digital Lab, with nonresidential fellowships “to uncover and address emerging consumer harms.”
These are paid ($50k!) one-year fellowships “ of interest to engineers, computer scientists, information security professionals, independent researchers, academics, social scientists, and others.”
Fellows work with CR’s reporters and advocates, get access to its lab facilities, and work with its wide-ranging network of public-interest technologists.
You have until May 21 to apply.
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, and blogger. He has a podcast, a newsletter, a Twitter feed, a Mastodon feed, and a Tumblr feed. He was born in Canada, became a British citizen and now lives in Burbank, California. His latest nonfiction book is How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism. His latest novel for adults is Attack Surface. His latest short story collection is Radicalized. His latest picture book is Poesy the Monster Slayer. His latest YA novel is Pirate Cinema. His latest graphic novel is In Real Life. His forthcoming books include The Shakedown (with Rebecca Giblin), a book about artistic labor market and excessive buyer power; Red Team Blues, a noir thriller about cryptocurrency, corruption and money-laundering; and The Lost Cause, a utopian post-GND novel about truth and reconciliation with white nationalist militias.