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Internship APITos-CC

internship -- API Terms of Service : Towards a Creative Commons Model

Title : internship -- API Terms of Service : Towards a Creative Commons Model

Duration : as soon as possible (march-april 2021) for 6 months (full time)

Département : Research

How a Creative Commons model for API Terms of Service participates in the creation of open, safe and sustainable ecosystem for digital infrastructure?

In order to scale technical, business and legal interoperability between digital infrastructures, APItos-CC project aims to  build a “Creative Commons” framework for API terms of Service, as a contract to automatically read, control and enforce APIs Terms of service between digital infrastructure and applications. The terms of service for APIs represent a boundary object whose identification of specific clauses and degree of "openness" (on the model of Creative Commons licenses with different degrees of conditions of use) can work towards a better understanding and vigilance regarding the constitution of open, secure, safe and sustainable digital infrastructure ecosystems.

The project is funded by the Ford Digital Infrastructure Research Grant. 



As intern you will be responsible for :

  • doing research and bibliography on the history of APIs and regulations

  • comparing Creative Commons model with current industry practices for Digital Infrastructure 

  • surveying Terms of Service of main web platform and SaaS companies delivering an API

  • conducting interviews of API stakeholders and participate to the analysis 

  • contributing to develop a framework of API terms of service providers

  • helping on the legal design of the legal framework in order to understand API terms of service claims more easily

  • supporting the expert team into writing verbatim and workshop deliverable


Your Profile

  • Master 1 or 2  in social sciences (political science, Science and Technologies Studies, Digital technologies and design, legal studies)

  • Fluent in english 

  • Interest for Digital Technologies and its socio-political stakes

  • Curiosities for Open Source and Open Data


You will be co-supervised by two organizations (Les and Inno³). You will work remotely and (if possible) in the co-working space le 137 (137 Boulevard de Magenta - 75010 Paris - France). You can find more infos about the APIToS-CC project here

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