The Yahoo! Fellow in Residence explores the relationship between new communications technologies and international values in varying national and international contexts. Projects should address the issue of applying international values and principles (e.g., free expression, regulation, citizenship and privacy) to new communications technologies and the diffusion of information in rapidly changing global environments. These might include large and evolving economies—including Brazil, Russia, India, and China—as well as interactions between the developing and developed worlds. Projects can draw on insights from many disciplines, including politics, economics, business, and socio-cultural research.
The Yahoo! Fellow is chosen in part based on the topic of his or her research. This research results in presentations at Georgetown, typically in the form of two half day or full day conferences. The Yahoo! Fellow typically publishes this research.
Kalev Leetaru, 2013–14 Yahoo! Fellow in Residence, prepared a report of the April 2014 conference, "From Big Data to Global Diplomacy: Today and Tomorrow." Joined by fellow panelists, Will Mayo, Gnip, and Noel Dickover, US Institute of Peace, the conference explored the topic that "big data" is a usable, practical tool to help foreign policy makers, implementers and analysts increase their understanding of global issues. [more]
With just one exception since the Fellowship was established, the Yahoo! Fellow teaches an MSFS course in the Spring Semester. As such, the Yahoo! Fellow is part of the MSFS Faculty and attends and participates in faculty meeetings.
The Yahoo! gift also provides for the establishment of two Junior Fellows, who are current graduate students in the School of Foreign Service. The Fellow work with these Junior Fellows as a mentor in supporting their work. They are typically given the opportunity to present their research at a conference each year.