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The State of Democracy and Technology

The State of Democracy and Technology

Cybersecurity in Political Campaigns

Cybersecurity in Political Campaigns

Improving the Digital Landscape in Georgia

Improving the Digital Landscape in Georgia

Sorting Truth from Truthiness in the Digital Age

Sorting Truth from Truthiness in the Digital Age

In the Fight Against Disinformation, Many Tools are Needed

In the Fight Against Disinformation, Many Tools are Needed

Cybersecurity in Ukraine: Deep Dives vs Broad Brush

Cybersecurity in Ukraine: Deep Dives vs Broad Brush

Hiring! Cybersecurity and Partner Engagement!

Hiring! Cybersecurity and Partner Engagement!

We're Hiring! Product Manager and Project Lead to Shape Tech for Democracy!

We're Hiring! Product Manager and Project Lead to Shape Tech for Democracy!

Event: Human Centered Design with DemTools

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By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 25, 2020
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Following the Google antitrust lawsuit launched in October, Facebook will likely be the next technology giant to face antitrust charges by state and federal departments of justice. According to state and federal investigators, the charges will challenge Facebook’s anti-competitive behavior and domination of the social networking market. Facebook’s acquisition of two rivals, Instagram and WhatsApp, may have left users with worse services and fewer privacy protections.   This...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 24, 2020
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This year, the UN's annual Internet Governance Forum was convened virtually. Members of the DemTech team attended panels to hear discussions and analysis from global experts on the current state of global governance of the internet, AI, and data. If you missed any panels or want to learn more, all sessions are recorded and available on IGF's YouTube page. Here are some of our takeaways from the event.   Harnessing tech for good:   Major themes at this year's IGF were the...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 19, 2020
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The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, appeared in front of the Senate judiciary committee on November 17th to face questions about their handling of the US election. The majority of questions were on content moderation, with Republican senators focused on alleged anti-conservative bias, though researchers have found no evidence to support this. Senator Lindsey Graham called for a reform of Section 230 that would provide greater transparency when Facebook and Twitter...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 12, 2020
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In the days leading up to the U.S. general elections, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms rolled out a series of features meant to combat misinformation. This included placing warning labels over false information, banning political ads, bringing in more moderators, and hampering the spread of information. While these emergency measures may not last forever, they could prove to be valuable tools for curbing election misinformation in other country contexts and for slowing the...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 4, 2020
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Last week, the United States Senate summoned the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to appear for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the 1996 legislation that has shielded tech companies from liability over user-generated content in the past. Republican senators on the commerce committee focused their questions on Twitter's Jack Dorsey over concerns of perceived anti-conservative bias on the platform. Democratic members of the committee questioned the CEOs about...
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
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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
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(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...