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

What's New in DemTools 2.0?

What's New in DemTools 2.0?

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

Projects

Blog

By Madeleine Nicoloff | October 29, 2020
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Hello! I’m Madeleine Nicoloff and I am thrilled to be joining the NDI DemTech team as a Program Assistant. My interest in technology for democracy has grown throughout my time supporting program implementation in community-based human rights groups and more recently in my Central and West Africa regional experience with NDI, as I began to recognize the increasingly universal and integral role that technology plays in shaping human rights and democratic participation in politics....
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | October 28, 2020
Header image from the CNAS "Common Code" report, representing the flags of leading tech democracies working together.
Facing allegations of harming consumers by dominating the market in internet search and advertising, Google is facing an antitrust lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice. Similar to past antitrust cases made against AT&T and Microsoft, Google’s dominant share of the search engine market is under scrutiny. The question is whether Google’s dominance stems from producing the best product, or if the company practiced exclusionary measures to steer consumers away from its rivals...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | October 21, 2020
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Last Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook made moves to control the spread of a controversial New York Post article featuring dubious sources and criticizing Joe Biden. Facebook responded by flagging the article as needing to be fact checked, and Twitter responded by banning the links. These actions, marking the first time Twitter has implemented measures against misinformation around news sites, have received criticism on charges of censorship and election tampering.    The article is now...
By Cindy Zeng | October 20, 2020
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Hello, World! My name is Cindy Zeng and I just joined the NDI DemTech team as a Project Assistant.   In undergrad, I completed a double major in applied mathematics and history. Through studying math, algorithms, and artificial intelligence, I grew interested in the ethics of data collection and consequently the intersection of technology, policy, and democracy. At the NDI, I’m interested in exploring disinformation, election interference, and their implications on governance and...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | October 15, 2020
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Hello, World! My name is Elizabeth Sutterlin, and I am so excited to be joining NDI’s DemTech team as a Program Assistant. I have always been fascinated by the internet. This immense, global network could instantly direct anyone to unprecedented amounts of information and could connect people anywhere in the world in real time. The tools and technologies of the internet certainly shaped how I communicated with others and how I engaged with the world around me, and as I began to study...
By Chris Doten | October 15, 2020
Women in Zambia managing CCMG data center
(cross-posted from NDI's main DemWorks blog) It is hard to overstate the impact of digital transformation on democracies and the daily lives of citizens around the world. The developing world is coming online at an extraordinary pace; there are places in which NDI works that are receiving the most significant innovation of the 20th century – electrification – at the same time as that of the 21st – instant global communications. Past technology revolutions such as the...
By Chris Doten | October 2, 2020
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I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel on cybersecurity in the context of upcoming Bolivian elections.  (Check out the video if interested!) One thing I took away from this event was that in the cyber world, the challenges parties face are universal.    I’ve been in this world for quite a few years. I’ve worked full-time on political campaigns, particularly for Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Before all that, my first career was in systems and...
By Moira Whelan | September 9, 2020
Digtial Georgia
(Originally posted on NDI.org) As Georgia approaches its parliamentary elections on October 31, 2020, NDI partners are hard at work creating an environment that will ensure all Georgians have access to accurate information necessary for a free and equal election environment. To protect digital space, civil society leaders from Georgia are monitoring social media and working to increase transparency prior to the elections. Internet penetration has doubled in Georgia in the past six years, and...
By Priyal Bhatt | August 21, 2020
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Every year, NDI joins thought leaders, practitioners, and activists from civil society, governments, media, academia, and business for a week of global discussions on safeguarding human rights in our digital age at RightsCon. This year, AccessNow convened an impressive virtual summit on a variety of topics, including election integrity, privacy, political change and more. Here are some of the conversations that caught our eye: On Disinformation and Content Regulation Disinformation campaigns...
By Chris Doten | August 15, 2020
Digital notaries validating genuine information
“Who you gonna believe” – as the comics say – “me, or your lyin’ eyes?” When it comes to politics, cognitive bias has always given citizens a strong push to believe “their side,” whatever the evidence to the contrary suggests. As disinformation swamps the internet, the problem has become much worse with lyin’ evidence that’s all too easy to believe. Increasingly, information is forged or manipulated. Convincing but fake, this...
By Chris Doten | June 15, 2020
Lots of tools.
(Originally posted on DemWorks 6/22/2018) In technology, you often hear geeks referencing the classic “garbage in, garbage out” problem. When the inputs to a system are bad, however beautifully crafted the program itself may be, the outputs will necessarily be bad as well. Our democratic systems are dependent on the input of citizens, but when disinformation is also an input the outputs of our processes can be deeply flawed. Disinformation and the systemic distrust it fuels has been...
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...