Legal Researcher - Anti-Disinformation Team
Period: 3 months (September - November 2020)
Disinformation is a threat to the US elections in 2020 and to democracy itself. Malicious actors are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus, foreign and domestic influence operations are targeting US candidates, climate denialists cast a shadow over the science, and information warfare tactics are being deployed to sow chaos, deepen polarization, and suppress voter participation, particularly amongst vulnerable groups. The world is facing unprecedented crises, from a pandemic to climate catastrophe. If we let disinformation define the public debate and divide us just when we need to unite to tackle massive challenges, we could lose everything we love.
That’s why,, Avaaz is launching a hard-hitting, non-partisan, and impact-focused campaign to protect US democracy from the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, “fake news” and the harm of online disinformers.
At the heart of this campaign is a robust research operation that monitors, tracks and responds to the emergence and spread of disinformation in the US online information ecosystem. If you’re a passionate, creative, focused, and results-driven professional who wants to be at the center of some of the world’s most impactful and solutions-focused anti-disinformation work -- now is your moment to apply!
As a legal researcher, you will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of evidence gathering, fact-checking, and legal risk of investigative reports and publications. You’ll be working closely with a team focused on uncovering the networks of deception seeking to cripple the US democratic process, and on increasing pressure on Facebook, Google, Twitter and other platforms to adopt.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Assisting in evidence gathering for reports and news pieces focused on spotlighting the biggest disinformation operations in the US;
- Assisting with the review of evidence and findings, fact-checking of data, and ensuring proper archiving procedures;
- Assisting with evidence archiving and tracking systems;
- Assisting in the review of press releases, reports, and background documents for legal risk.
The ideal candidate will have a good cross-section of the following qualifications:
- JD and current admission to Bar of any state (use the language we use for Legal positions in general)
- Expertise in media law, US election law, and data protection law preferred.
- Bonus background in investigative journalism.
- Fluency in Spanish language spoken and written.
- Solid understanding of American elections, culture and politics.
- Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture and a hierarchical team structure, with regular pivots and changes.
- Strong self care skills and resilience practices when engaging with challenging and triggering content.
- Strong strategic, creative, and innovative thinking.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- High professionalism, self-motivation, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines.
Location: Avaaz is a virtual organisation, with most of our work done over email, telephone and Skype. For this position we would prefer candidates based on the US East Coast, but welcome other applicants from around the world to apply if meeting the skills described.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary varies with location and experience, but is highly competitive with leading non-governmental organisations. The position comes with a generous benefits package including health care and dental.