Citizen-Centered

Citizen-Centered

Weekly Roundup 7/20/18

A six-member team of researchers published a report on the effectiveness of SMS messages to change voter perceptions in the 2016 Uganda district elections. Using information from Uganda Office of the Auditor General, the team sent texts about local corruption to constituents and measured post-election voting patterns.

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Tech Tools in Fighting Disinformation of Voters

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Tech Tools in Fighting Disinformation of Voters

NDItech Goes to (Tech) Camp

NDItech Goes to (Tech) Camp

Why is a Democracy Organization into Blockchain?

Why is a Democracy Organization into Blockchain?

We're Hiring! Software Engineer

We're Hiring! Software Engineer

NDI, Software Development, and the Long Haul

NDI, Software Development, and the Long Haul

How Smart Automation Can Be Used In International Development

How Smart Automation Can Be Used In International Development

We're Hiring! Product Management, Internship, Systems Engineers...

We're Hiring! Product Management, Internship, Systems Engineers...

TechCivica: Empowering Citizens through Tech Innovation

TechCivica: Empowering Citizens through Tech Innovation

Projects

Blog

By Julia Rhodes | June 5, 2018
Hello world
Hello, world! My name is Julia Rhodes, and I’m excited to join NDItech as their new Intern. As a soon-to-be graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, I look forward to pursuing my passion for human rights and finding innovative ways to protect them. I grew up in Delaware – a state small in size but full of engaged and connected people. From participating in phone-banks for local government to volunteering with Teach For America summer camps, I saw how...
By Evan Summers | May 22, 2018
NDItech trainer talks DemTools with participants at TechCamp Guatemala
The last few months, we here at NDItech have had the great opportunity to talk civic innovation, transparency and accountability with dozens of civic groups, journalists and government officials through a few TechCamps and PeaceTech Exchanges. These programs, put on by the State Department and PeaceTech Lab, respectively, link technical experts with innovators across the globe to brainstorm, “pitch” and ultimately bring to life smart, contextualized tech solutions to pressing...
By Priyal Bhatt | April 25, 2018
Now Hiring!
“Innovating for Democracy:” I was struck by that phrase when I first learned about NDI and the work we do promoting democracy across the globe. How can you bridge the disconnect between today’s digital citizens with a smartphone and the world in their pocket, and the often antiquated methods utilized by political organizations with low technology adoption and engagement? At NDItech, we aim to do just that. Through our DemTools initiative and support to field offices in over 70...
By Priyal Bhatt | April 12, 2018
Cybersecurity
A string of recent cyber-attacks--most notably a ransomware attack in Atlanta on March 22nd--have highlighted the importance of acknowledging cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities at the local government level. Though emergency response systems and services at Atlanta’s airport were unaffected by the attack, other city services remain offline as the city recovers. Atlanta is not alone; a recent study shows that 44% of local governments report that they face cyber-attacks on an hourly or...
By Noble Ackerson | April 2, 2018
Noble Ackerson
In 2009 a startup I co-founded worked with International Business & Technical Consultants Inc. on technology-related projects that met the development assistance needs of emerging markets. I considered the following four years as one of my most rewarding career experiences. I left my work at IBTCI to pursue a product idea I had, built an award winning team, and headed out west to Northern California to join the Momentum Ventures Accelerator to bootstrap my startup. Throughout the years,...
By Chris Doten | March 12, 2018
Zambian data clerks compiling election monitoring reports
Attending South by Southwest? See Chris and the Blockchain Trust Accelerator team presenting on blockchain for social good Thursday at 11: Trust Crisis! What is this blockchain stuff NDI is working on? Isn’t that some sort of dodgy cryptocurrency? Well, no. Don’t get lost in the technobabble - blockchain is a confusing technology with a simple purpose: enabling groups that don’t trust each other to trade things or validate information without an all-powerful middleman. In a...
By Priyal Bhatt | February 13, 2018
digital identity
An estimated 1.5 billion people in developing countries lack proof of identity, often preventing them from accessing basic rights and services. The Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development aim to create a guiding framework for inclusive, trustworthy and secure identification systems that mitigate this gap. One emerging technological tool for realizing self-sovereign digital identities is blockchain. A recent report has highlighted a couple potential blockchain use cases for...
By Priyal Bhatt | January 29, 2018
letters
With U.S. midterm elections taking place in the second half of this year, technology companies are looking to a variety of different programs and policies to combat disinformation. Recognizing that social media may have negative effects on democracy, Facebook has outlined new trust verification mechanisms and changes to its news feed. By making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent, Facebook aims to engage greater community interaction. Facebook is also rolling out surveys...
By Priyal Bhatt | January 9, 2018
Computer
Happy New Year, and welcome back to our weekly roundup! This past week, Spectre and Meltdown--flaws in computer chips that can allow an attacker to access sensitive data in the chip’s memory--dominated the news. An estimated three billion chips in phones, computers, and tablets are vulnerable to Spectre. Thankfully, there is currently no indication that these vulnerabilities have been exploited, but be sure to update your devices when new updates are released. Authorities in India are...
By Priyal Bhatt | December 28, 2017
2017
It’s been a busy year here at NDItech. Among other projects and programs, we’ve assisted with election monitoring, trained political parties on integrating technology, continued to build Civic Innovation networks, and participated in thought-provoking conferences around the globe! As we wrap up the last few days of 2017, we want to share a few of the projects we’ve worked on this past year. We’ve continued to update, improve, and add to our DemTools. In addition to...
By Priyal Bhatt | December 22, 2017
Blockchain
As 2017 comes to a close, many eyes have been watching the exponential growth of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology this year. From Bitcoin’s peak (and subsequent fall) to Bitcoin futures trading on the CBOE exchange, significant attention has been paid to cryptocurrencies and various governments’ engagement with blockchain. In other news: Artificial Intelligence Facebook AI describes photo to visually-impaired individuals Facebook introduces new facial recognition...
By Priyal Bhatt | December 15, 2017
Internet Shutdown
Ethnic clashes in Ethiopia this week, particularly in the Oromia region, have sparked a partial internet shutdown in the country. Several social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, have been blocked by the Ethiopian government; Whatsapp and Telegram remain accessible. Internet shutdowns are becoming an increasingly common reaction to unrest across the globe. Countries with only a few internet service providers, like Ethiopia, are especially susceptible to internet blackouts....