Photos from #ZambiaDecides

Photos from #ZambiaDecides

Redundant Department of Redundancy

Redundant Department of Redundancy

Digital Security Trainings Don’t Work (By Themselves)

Digital Security Trainings Don’t Work (By Themselves)

The DemTools Are Yours Now: A Retrospective

The DemTools Are Yours Now: A Retrospective

You’re Invited! - 21st Century Technology: Transforming Global Politics

You’re Invited! - 21st Century Technology: Transforming Global Politics

Mark your Calendars, Folks: DemTools 2.0 Launch Dec 9th

Mark your Calendars, Folks: DemTools 2.0 Launch Dec 9th

NDItech @ OGP Summit 2015

NDItech @ OGP Summit 2015

Welcome to the New NDItech.org

Welcome to the New NDItech.org

Principles for Digital Development - What's Next?

Principles for Digital Development - What's Next?

Batten Down the e-Hatches

Batten Down the e-Hatches

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By Grace Chimezie | April 17, 2020
Tech and Governance
As countries begin to stabilize their processes around coping with COVID-19, we’re highlighting positive efforts within the digital space to continue and improve programming, despite prevailing challenges. Institutions like the Center for Bioengineering and Design at John Hopkins for example, are implementing virtual design challenges to rapidly prototype tech-enabled solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. Also this week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched...
By Grace Chimezie | April 4, 2020
Tech and Governance
In our previous blog post, we highlighted responses of organizations and government to the COVID-19 pandemic, with increasing policies and a strong recommendation to adopt social distancing to lessen the virus spread. Today, we summarize digital responses to COVID-19 by stakeholders, most of which center on raising concerns about citizen's privacy, and the ethical use of gathered data during, and after this crisis. For example, in the United Kingdom, the government is set to release a '...
By Grace Chimezie | March 20, 2020
Tech and Governance
The coronavirus pandemic, which has increased calls for social distancing, has resulted in the need for a change in organizational policies, particularly a growing need for telework options. For individuals new to remote work, it can be isolating to be away from colleagues, while navigating logistical challenges like irregular wifi connection and awkward video-call meetings. To help individuals, managers, and teams to navigate tasks,  Doist has shared a few ideas on ways to navigate remote...
By Grace Chimezie | March 6, 2020
Tech and Governance
The novel coronavirus outbreak, which has spread to several countries with health workers looking for ways to stem the spread of the virus, has resulted in an "infodemic," according to The World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO, defines an infodemic as "an overabundance of information- some accurate and some not, that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy source and reliable guidance when they need it."  Following the spread of COVID-19, false claims online...
By Grace Chimezie | February 14, 2020
Tech and Governance
Recently, Twitter made changes to its privacy policy to protect its users from state actors taking advantage of its API to merge usernames to phone numbers. The move comes after Google, YouTube, Venmo and LinkedIn sent a cease-and-desist letter to Clearview AI, “a facial recognition app that scrapes images from websites and social media platforms.” Twitter, in a blogpost, says its effort is part of the platform’s transparent effort to protect users data and third-party abuse...
By Grace Chimezie | January 30, 2020
2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index
At NDI we believe that technology can have a positive role to improve civic discussion, fuel grassroots advocacy, and amplify citizen's voices, but in recent times it has become all too clear that the transformations ushered in by major technology companies also pose risks to democracy and human rights. We recently welcomed leaders from the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) team to NDI to share about their research methodology and  Corporate Accountability reports addressing corporate...
By Chris Doten | January 29, 2020
Providing cybersecurity training to at-risk activists
Want to use your interest in technology for good? The NDItech team is hiring for two different positions providing direct support to civil society organizations and political partners working to build more just, democratic societies around the world.   Want to help partners use tech tools for democracy and development? We’ve created a new Partner Engagement Assistant position working directly with civic and political organizations around the world to help them implement tech...
By Grace Chimezie | January 16, 2020
New Year's Resolutions
The New Year is usually fraught with hope and optimism. It is also a time to come up with new names for new habits, with the hope that by discipline and dedication, growth will occur. After two-weeks of introspection, by the Technology and Innovation team, here is a compilation of our technology resolution for the year 2020.   What The Team is Saying Chris Doten: For the year, "I want to wrap my head better around the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. To that end...
By Grace Chimezie | January 9, 2020
Abstract Eye
The arrival of 2020 brings with it the dawn of a new decade, and somewhere, embedded in this excitement, are plenty of speculations about the next big tech trends coming our way.  A few things to be on the lookout for: 5G wireless technology, a completely synthetic brain, robotic moon bases, brain implanted chips, self-driving cars, and so much more. Closer to the work we undertake in the democratic space, we can look forward to policies that continue to emerge from data, privacy, and...
By Grace Chimezie | December 20, 2019
Survey errors GeoPoll
The NDItech team recently had the pleasure of hosting leaders from GeoPoll to discuss how their mobile phone survey technologies can gather insights into critical development questions. Scott Lansell, GeoPoll’sVP for Business Development, broke down the intricate process involved in collecting data through mobile phones in Africa. NDI does a great deal of work in Africa. Given the complexities of government and society across the continent, it can be very valuable to understand how...
By Grace Chimezie | December 19, 2019
Abstract Eye
Today we share our top weekly technology related articles, the last for the year 2019. Technology has been at the heart of major global changes we have witnessed over the last decade. The world has been changed by technology - and at the same time tech has changed us as humans, too. Looking ahead towards 2020, we continue to observe with keen interest the worrying trend of internet shutdowns, which has followed popular protest of trenchant government policies in nations like Iran and India....
By Evan Summers | November 20, 2019
NDI Côte d'Ivoire staff train on the Civi DemTool
A couple weeks back, I spent an afternoon with my colleagues at NDI’s office in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire performing a task all too familiar to us on the NDItech team - setting up cheap Android smartphones with Telerivet. NDI has used Telerivet - a powerful and accessible SMS gateway platform - in dozens of countries over the past few years, including Côte d'Ivoire, to support data collection for election observations with our Apollo DemTool. But this isn’t another election...