Collective Action in Tech initiated in 2019 as a digital archive with the ambitious goal of cataloguing all publicly reported collective actions in the technology industry from across the world. Since then they have expanded to become a research and media project. The mission of this organization is to provide data and insights on organizing in the tech industry, to find connections between different efforts, and to build worker power in tech by raising awareness of the long history of activism in the industry.
Collective Action in Tech (CAiT) is launching a Fellowship with funding from the Jain Family Institute.
Fellows will receive $500-1000 to share a story of collective action in the tech industry, past or present. This can be a protest, strike, display of solidarity, community-building effort or any other kind of collective project that empowers tech workers speaking out on workplace or broader social issues. For this fellowship, the “tech worker” has an expansive definition. They are interested in stories not just of software engineers and data scientists, but of all workers in the tech sector including content moderators, warehouse workers, gig workers, and contractors. Content will be published on their website and through one of our media partners.
Content can take a variety of forms including written accounts, audiovisual recordings, interviews, or virtual exhibitions. Once selected, fellows will work closely with members of the group and with their media partners to produce a piece of content for a wider audience. The fellows can find the definition of what constitutes a “collective action in tech” can visit their official page.
The fellowship will run from March 15th to June 15th, 2021. Fellows will be required to attend a minimum of two Zoom meetings to meet other recipients and to offer a brief description of their work. For those who are interested, there are opportunities to become further involved with their larger project. They are planning to recruit 3-6 fellows for this year’s program.
- $500-1000 per project based on team size and resources needed for the project
- Publication on their website AND with one of the media partners
- Membership in a community of fellows and CAiT members and contributors; optional virtual workshops for providing feedback and reviewing pieces
- Projects that document actions in the Global South (South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia).
- Actions may be historical or present-day, and they welcome submissions from individuals or groups of up to three people.
Apply online through the given link.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 (2 Days Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link