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IIC 2021 Competition for Future Leaders

What do you need to do?

This year entrants are asked to produce a digital report of 3000-4000 words on the following:

What principles should guide policy-makers in designing local and international approaches for internet intermediaries in the evolving communications environment?
Internet intermediaries such as digital platforms have been entitled, under national and regional laws, to protection from liability for content posted by others. This level of protection is being challenged – and defended – around the world as governments consider intersecting policy objectives such as freedom of speech and protection from harms. What principles should guide policy-makers in designing local and international approaches for the evolving communications environment?

You should:

  • Demonstrate a clear point of view
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of contending viewpoints
  • Provide a structured, clear, and cogent position and justification for that position.

What are the rules?

The IIC 2021 Competition for Future Leaders is a competition run by the International Institute of Communications. By entering the competition, entrants agree to comply with the rules set out below.


The Competition is open to individuals aged 35 and under, on competition closing date 31 July 2021 (COMPETITION NOW CLOSED) working within the TMT communications sector.

Entries must be the original work of the author and previously unpublished.

Submission requirements

Only 1 submission per person may be made.

Please submit your entry directly to

Submissions will be evaluated on criteria including original thought and analysis. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously.

The judges may determine not to award some or all the prizes. The judges’ determinations will be final.


The overall winner will receive:

  • An invitation to present their winning entry at the Annual Conference (subject to current travel advice) with all expenses paid and £250 subsistence
  • Their winning entry to be promoted in our journal, on our social media channels and in email communications to our members and supporters.

The top 10 entries will be published online and the submission from the overall winner will be published in the IIC’s journal, InterMedia, which is distributed to all IIC Members and beyond.

The top 10 entries also receive a year’s complimentary Membership to the IIC Future Leaders’ Network, which includes access to the IIC’s networks and resources.

Key Dates

  • 24th September 2021– Winner announced
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