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Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest 2019

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its 11th annual International Student Essay Contest, open to students of all nationalities anywhere in the world.

Essay Submission Deadline: 16th October, 2019

ESSAY TOPIC: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?

Please include in your analysis an explanation (in your own words) of “responsibility” and what it means to “regulate” the Internet. Your essay should consider at least one specific issue or area where “regulation” (as you define it) might be considered. For example, you may choose to address censorship, Internet accessibility, net neutrality, social media, cyber security, or other Internet-related issues. You are not limited to the aforementioned choices when discussing regulation.

Essays must identify the actor(s) that should or should not be responsible for Internet regulation. This can include international organizations, governments, corporations, online communities, and/or individuals. You are not limited to these examples when discussing actors, and you may choose to specify an agency, organization, etc. related to the particular issue you are considering.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: 

  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.

Essay Requirements

  • Style: Persuasive, op-ed style (not academic, no footnotes)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Essays can be submitted in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt format. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Essay Winners’ Prizes
1st prize: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate
All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader

How to Apply: Please email your essay as an attachment to [email protected].

On the first page of the essay and in the body of your email, please include:

  • Your full name;
  • The name of your school;
  • What level of student you are (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

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Award Providers: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

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