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Project Lockdown: Research Editor

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Project Lockdown (The IO Foundation)

  • 12 people are interested

We are looking for Research Editors who will help us build our open-source database!

The Research Editor performs research to find all relevant official Government repositories that include legislation and any pronouncements related to COVID-19. Upon verification, these sources are passed to Junior Editors who then codify the data in our database, which is then reflected on the Project Lockdown map. Research Editors provide crucial work in ensuring that we present high quality, accurate data, examining the categories of Lockdown, Governance and Socio-economic Measures, Social Distancing, Movement Restrictions, and Public Health Measures.*

*These are the current datasets we are collecting, though we expect to expand our dataset inventory.

You might be a good fit for this role if you:

  • are interested in researching human rights and digital rights as they are being observed during a crisis;
  • are detail-oriented and have the patience to do long periods of reading and research;
  • have excellent research skills, and retention of information - Research Editors need to be able to retain large amounts of information for a sustained period to ensure that there is no duplication in sources or information, and to be able to identify gaps in timelines;
  • have knowledge about territories and the implementation of both legislation and measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • are familiar with Trello and Slack, or have the ability to learn new tools quickly.
If you are interested in exploring this role, please write to us describing your relevant experience and skills!

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About Project Lockdown (The IO Foundation)


Riia tn 128, Tartu, Estonia 50411, CA

Mission Statement

Project Lockdown maps the different Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions enforced by governments across the globe in response to the COVID-19 crisis in order to visualize the success of different pandemic response measures, monitor effects on Human and Digital Rights, and clarify evaluation metrics.


Lockdown, quarantine, and isolation measures have been implemented across the globe to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its strain on medical infrastructure. Project Lockdown is an open-source interactive map that empowers citizens, journalists, and human rights workers to easily analyze the social and political effects of these measures.

We are a global team of volunteers and developed the Beta map during the #EUvsVirus hackathon in late-April, where we won second place for the "Protection of Citizens & Democracy" challenge, and have since launched publicly! Our growing team consists of Data Scientists, Editors, Designers, and Web Developers, and we have support teams in Human Resources, Resource Allocation, Documentation, and Marketing and Communications. We foresee long-term viability for this project and welcome international volunteers!

Check out our interactive map at: https://projectlockdown.world/.

Advocacy & Human Rights


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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Research
  • Reading Comprehension




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  • 8-10 hours weekly

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