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TechCivica: Empowering Citizens through Tech Innovation

TechCivica: Empowering Citizens through Tech Innovation

Tangerang: OpenGov & Technology

Tangerang: OpenGov & Technology

Tale of Three (Indonesian) Cities: OpenGov & Technology

Tale of Three (Indonesian) Cities: OpenGov & Technology

Liveblogging Cote d'Ivoire Parliamentary

Liveblogging Cote d'Ivoire Parliamentary

Hello, World!

Hello, World!

Social Security - Using Digital Media in Zambia

Social Security - Using Digital Media in Zambia

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)

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By Ben Lynch | May 25, 2017
Consensus 2017 Conference
In this week’s news, a scaling agreement for Bitcoin was reached, with implications for both the digital currency and online cooperation more broadly. The agreement would allow for more transactions in a single Bitcoin block by enlarging each block’s size to 2Mb and decreasing the amount of data recorded in each transaction (by implementing a change called Segwit). Implementation is scheduled to happen in the next 6 months, pending community approval. The move is intended to help...
By Chris Doten | May 24, 2017
CCMG data center for Zambia 2016 elections
As you know if you read this blog, NDI works to support and protect citizens who are fighting to make their voices heard by their leaders and push governments to be more open and accountable. We need techies who want to make a difference in the lives of millions of citizens and who share our passion for democracy, human rights, and open government around the world.The NDItech team works with over a thousand staff and hundreds of partner groups across sixty countries, laboring for a more...
By Ben Lynch | May 16, 2017
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Last Friday marked the outbreak of a massive ransomware cyberattack named "WannaCry" that hit computer systems across the globe. Infected computers had their data encrypted, followed by a message saying that data would only be unencrypted if the owner paid $300 to an anonymous bitcoin account (although there is no evidence that files will or even can be unencrypted if the ransom is paid). The malware hit numerous companies such as FedEx and Deutsche Bahn and also spread to government...
By NDI Tech | May 5, 2017
Fix My Community
Guest Post by Jetmir Bakija: Jetmir Bakija is a civil society activist in Kosovo who, with Democracy Plus, has initiated and managed the FixMyCommunity Platform - ndreqe.com. He has previously managed the Civil Society Program for NDI in Kosovo and more recently in Nepal and has served as a trainer for NDI in Afghanistan, Macedonia and Turkey. Community activists are constantly looking for ways to use technology to more effectively and efficiently pursue their goals of developing and...
By Ben Lynch | May 3, 2017
USA Facts
As we start up the weekly roundup after a break, we’ll be grabbing some news from the past few weeks. One significant event that happened in that period was the launch of USAFacts, an effort led by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that seeks to provide comprehensive and accessible data on what the U.S. government is doing. The site copies the model of company transparency and shareholder reports, collecting publicly available government statistics in one place and compiling them into...
By Ben Lynch | April 28, 2017
Digital Democracy
Hi everyone, my name is Ben Lynch and I’m joining the NDItech team as the newest project assistant. My journey here began growing up in New Jersey as a math and science kid determined to become an engineer, followed by a move to Houston to attend Rice University where I found out I was much more passionate about foreign policy and politics (with some philosophy on the side). I’m excited to work with a team that combines these interests, and particularly one that is so cutting edge....
By Jason Baumgartner | April 6, 2017
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Why use Redis?   Using Redis is a great way to buffer ingest operations in the event that there is a database issue or some other piece of the process fails. Redis is fast. Extremely fast. Up to hundreds of thousands of SET and GET operations per second fast. That’s just using one Redis server (Redis is single-threaded, so to distribute the load, multiple Redis servers can run simultaneously — one per core). For most raw data ingest, Redis won’t even break a sweat against...
By NDI Tech | April 2, 2017
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Note: the following blog post was written by NDI Program Officer, Victor Salcedo, and first appeared on NDI's DemWorks blog. You can also check out the recap of the event on Storify. The connection between technology, innovation and citizen input is a paramount one. One cannot effectively happen without the other, as uses of technology must be designed and created with prospective users in mind. Thus, the bond between citizen interaction and technology directly relates to the benefit and...
By Andie Arnold | February 23, 2017
Citizens monitoring election data in Zambia
Exciting news, readers! NDItech is offering a chance for you to become involved with our team. Thats right, NDItech is hiring an intern for the Spring of 2017! This paid position will provide an in-depth look at the role technology plays in politics and democratic development worldwide. If you are familiar with our blog, or with the National Democratic Institute as a whole, you know we work in over 60+ countries to support and strengthen democratic institutions. The ideal candidate will have a...
By Andie Arnold | February 14, 2017
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Hello, Readers. NDItech is here with another Weekly Roundup, bringing you all the best in technology, democracy, and world news.   UN expert David Kaye has called upon the Cameroonian government to restore internet access to two predominantly English-speaking areas of the country, calling the shutoff “an appalling violation to their right of freedom of expression.” Internet services went down in the northwest and southwest regions on January 17th, amidst a series of protests...
By Andie Arnold | February 7, 2017
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Happy Tuesday, Readers. Last Tuesday, Twitter announced new additions to its platform in order to combat abuse and harassment from certain users. Trolls, you have been warned. These updates will work to curb accounts whose primary intent is to incite arguments with hateful or abusive language and content. These updates come after months of heavy criticism and in the wake of plummeting share values, after Salesforce and other major companies such as Disney, Google, and Apple passed up bids on...
By Jared Ford | January 31, 2017
Brainstorming city priorities and next steps.
In November 2016, NDI convened government officials and citizen leaders for workshops in three cities in order to assess progress on strategic innovation plans, and discuss approaches to technology and open data that would improve citizen engagement and service delivery. In 2015, Kompas Newspaper and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) reviewed cities across Indonesia and ranked the top 15 in a Smart City Index. NDI met with Kompas to gather information on the Smart City Index methodology...