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DigiChina Associate

About New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative

New America is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC. The goal of New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative is to bring the key attributes of New America’s ethos to the cybersecurity policy conversation. In doing so, the Initiative provides a look at issues from fresh perspectives, an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration, a commitment to quality research and events, and dedication to diversity in all its guises. The Initiative seeks to address issues others can’t or don’t and create impact at scale.

About DigiChina

The DigiChina project is a collaborative effort to understand China’s digital policy developments, primarily through translating and analyzing Chinese-language sources. DigiChina is supported through a partnership with the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative of the MIT Media Lab and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center.

Position Description:

New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative is seeking a paid part-time Program Associate to help build the growing, year-old DigiChina project, a cross-organization collaborative effort to translate, analyze, and contextualize developments in digital economy and cyberspace policy in China.

An ideal candidate would be an entrepreneurial current master’s student or recent bachelor’s or master’s graduate with interest in both contemporary China and technology policy more broadly. Duties will include copy editing, shepherding, and publishing contributions along with the Coordinating Editor; serving as a liaison between contributors, partner institutions, and New America staff; and assisting with publicity and events tasks.

This position would provide the opportunity to write and/or translate for online publication in a way commensurate with experience, and to join both DigiChina’s network of specialists in diverse areas of Chinese digital policy and the New America Cybersecurity Initiative community. The time commitment for this position is approximately 20 hours a week.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Strong Chinese-language reading ability (required)
  • Excellent English-language writing and copy editing skills (required)
  • Experience with Chinese-to-English translation (major plus)
  • Online publishing, journalism, or communications experience (major plus)
  • Experience working or studying in China
  • Comfort working with colleagues at a distance (Team members are spread across the United States, China, and Europe.)
  • Demonstrated interest in DigiChina subject matter, e.g. Chinese politics, U.S.–China relations, digital economy policy, Internet and society, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, law, data governance, industrial policy, etc.
  • Commitment to fact-based analysis and willingness to embrace uncertainty

Application process:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for and interest in the position, a resume, and a list of references. Applications close on September 3, 2018.

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