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 Chris Doten | October 2, 2020
Background image for cybersecurity in elections event
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
RightsCon 2020 logo
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...
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 Chris Doten | March 15, 2020
Volodymyr Kaplun and Chris Doten opening conversation on emerging cybersecurity threats in Ukraine
(Originally posted on DemWorks) The internet has never felt like a scarier place. Whether from sophisticated nation-state actors or freelancing hackers, democracy and human rights organizations face dangerous threats online. Despite the risks, civic and political players must be active in the digital arena with their country’s citizens to have an impact. NDI is working to help these organizations engage online and stay safe. Ukraine is in a dangerous digital neighborhood so political...
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...