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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)

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

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By Andie Arnold | November 29, 2016
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Happy Tuesday, Readers. This month the UK Parliament passed a digital surveillance law that gives authorities the power to view the browsing histories of the entire nation. The Investigatory Powers Bill requires internet service providers to keep records of all users’ internet activity for one year, creating databases of personal information that critics say make an easy target for hackers.   This bill comes as a huge blow to privacy advocates, giving government agencies such as the...
By Andie Arnold | November 22, 2016
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Happy Tuesday, Readers! Thank you for using NDItech as a source for your weekly technology news. When it comes to internet news, technology companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google have been under serious fire this week for perpetuating fake news stories surrounding the US presidential election that favored far-right views that, critics argue, ultimately contributed to Donald Trump’s victory.   The fiercely pro-Trump “news” stories, some written by teens in the...
By Sarah Moulton | November 16, 2016
Typhoid strikes on the Oregon Trail
I’m thrilled to join NDItech as a Senior Manager for Technology Innovation, where I get to combine so many of my interests into one awesome new job. A humanitarian aid worker by both education and training, my interest in the transformative nature of technology was piqued during my years working in Iraq with Mercy Corps, where we quickly determined that infrastructure repair alone was insufficient for improving livelihood opportunities, especially among youth. Among other initiatives,...
By Andie Arnold | November 14, 2016
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Good afternoon, Readers! Happy Monday. Last Tuesday, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in one of the biggest political upsets in recent history. While we will have to wait and see if Mr. Trump delivers on many of the promises he made during the campaign trail, many have begun to speculate about what a Trump presidency means for the tech industry.   Trump’s regulatory platform does not specifically mention technology or the internet, but by all accounts points...
By Andie Arnold | November 1, 2016
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Happy Tuesday, Readers! Last week, internet management company Dyn faced a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber-attacks that shut off access to hundreds of websites, including big names such as Netflix, Etsy, and Twitter. The first of three attacks started at about 7am EDT on Friday, October 21 and lasted roughly two hours. The second, stronger attack came in around 12pm and lasted until 3pm EDT. Finally, the third attack started around 5:30pm, but officials were able to end the...
By Andie Arnold | October 27, 2016
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My name is Andie Arnold, and I am joining the NDItech team as the newest Project Assistant. A native of the Washington, DC area, I am excited to be back in the city helping to contribute my love of politics to advancing global democracy. I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Political Science in 2015, and I have spent the past year working in local politics and digital marketing analytics while trying to navigate adulthood and DC public transit. I have been heavily involved...
By Chris Doten | October 17, 2016
CCMG data clerks managing communications
Back in DC after the Zambia elections - make sure to check out CCMG’s Facebook page and read their final statement for details on how it all shook out.   I’ve shared the work we did in advance of the election to make sure that we got all the reports in from our observers and that data center was able to process the information such that CCMG’s analysts could crunch the numbers and figure out what it all means.   For this update, I wanted to give you a...
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
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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
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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...