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 Sophia Sokolowski | September 26, 2016
Presidential debate Twitter
Are you ready for the first round of presidential debates to take place between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tonight at 9pm EST, Readers? Never fear if you’ll be far from your TV - Twitter announced that it will be streaming the U.S. presidential debates in an effort to expand their platform online. Snapchat, YouTube, and Google have also partnered with the Commission on Presidential Debates and will be live streaming the first debate for viewers. Moreover, Facebook was charged with...
By Sophia Sokolowski | September 20, 2016
SGS2016
Happy Tuesday, Readers! The United Nations headquarters in New York hosted the 2016 Social Good Summit, a two-day conference held annually during UN General Assembly week. This year’s attendees from around the world pondered the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” The summit united global leaders under #2030NOW and revolved around applying technological solutions to maladies of today. Topics on the agenda included analyzing the refugee crisis...
By Sophia Sokolowski | September 16, 2016
MLK III
Last week, NDI hosted a panel discussion about the challenges in the pre- and post-Zambian election periods with human rights advocate Martin Luther King III and NDI’s senior leaders Richard Klein, Pat Merloe, Keith Jennings, and Traci Cook. The panel reviewed NDI’s programming during the election cycle, including the findings of the Institute’s domestic observation partner, the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG), parallel vote tabulation efforts, and NDI’s...
By Sophia Sokolowski | September 12, 2016
Kerry
Good morning, Readers! The Syrian civil war may press ‘pause’ this evening. The United States, which supports the moderate rebel groups, has opposed Russia’s favor of President Assad. Last week, however,  Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed a cessation of hostilities. Both countries agreed to call for a ceasefire beginning tonight. While the worst migrant and refugee crisis since WWII is far from over, this agreement is a...
By Sophia Sokolowski | August 31, 2016
Distance Learning
Training citizens is a critical, but often challenging, part of NDI programs. With the rise of smartphone technology in recent years, some barriers can be overcome through remote, or distance, learning. In one recent example with the Zambia election process, NDI hosted in-person trainings at major cities in the provinces. In-person trainings are a common, but extremely costly, methodology, often demanding over half of a budget. In circumstances where money is either limited or nonexistent, but...
By Sophia Sokolowski | August 30, 2016
anthropocene
Good morning, Readers, and goodbye Holocene! Humans are making such an immense impact on our Earth that scientists declared Anthropocene the new geological epoch. Experts are claiming that the new period should begin around 1950, when man-made radioactive materials were first introduced to our atmosphere via - you guessed it - nuclear bomb tests. Other factors that pushed us to the precipice include plastic pollution and the burning of fossil fuels. The rapid rise in sea levels and carbon...
By Sophia Sokolowski | August 22, 2016
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This weekend, a child suicide bomber killed 54 and injured about 70 people at a wedding in Turkey near the Syrian border. The attack occurred less than 24 hours before another child bomber was arrested in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. This assault marks the deadliest of a string of terror attacks, many of which have been connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). President Erdogen blamed this most recent attack on ISIL, although the group has yet to claim responsibility. In the...
By Chris Doten | August 17, 2016
Data clerks chasing observer data during #ZambiaDecides General Election 2016
Click through for a Flickr slideshow of some scenes from the datacenter and polling stations.
By Sophia Sokolowski | August 15, 2016
Your Weekly Update on Technology, Democracy, & Cool Things
Good afternoon, Readers! The official results are in, reporting that President Edgar Lunga of the Patriotic Front party was re-elected in a closely contested vote for the 2016 Zambia presidential and National Assembly elections. 90% of polling stations during the elections, which were held last Thursday, opened around 6:30am, and some remained open until 2am due to the high volume of voters. President Lungu received 100,530 more ballots than his main challenger, Hakainde Hichilema of the...
By Chris Doten | August 11, 2016
CCMG data clerks chasing information from the 2015 Zambian election.
It’s election day in Zambia where I’m working with the fabulous @CCMG_Zambia crew. For those of you unfamiliar with NDI’s work with elections and technology, there’s some great stuff in our blog archive like this, that, and this other thing.   We’re using the Apollo DemTool for election data management, which makes things pretty easy since it’s a well oiled machine at this point. (ed. note: we all lost about a month off our life when the "well-oiled...
By Sophia Sokolowski | August 8, 2016
Your Weekly Update on Technology, Democracy, & Cool Things
Happy Monday, Readers! Google Maps is taking the Olympics from sport enthusiasts’ TVs and into their homes - you can now dive into the heart of the favelas of Rio through Beyond the Map. By partnering with media organizations and publishers, such as BBC and YouTube, respectively, Google Maps created a platform for viewers to easily access country profiles and in-depth athlete bios. This initiative further elucidates the complexities of the favelas (often left out of official maps),...
By Sophia Sokolowski | August 1, 2016
NDI ILF 2016
Happy August, Readers! We missed you last week and hope you missed us, too. The NDI International Leadership Forum opened Monday, July 25th with addresses by NDI President Ken Wollack, Chairman Secretary Madeleine Albright, and US Representative Nancy Pelosi, among other distinguished speakers. Foreign leaders from around the world gathered together in Philadelphia, which coincided with a historic week for the Democratic National Convention. During this forum, world leaders observe convention...