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 | 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...
By Sophia Sokolowski | July 21, 2016
World map
Editor’s Note: Cross posted from OpeningParliament.org by author Greg Brown. Brown is a Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute, where he helps manage many of the Institute's programs on parliamentary openness and innovation, good governance, and civic technology, including OpeningParliament.org and the Open Government Partnership's Legislative Openness Working Group. Prior to joining NDI, Greg was an International Policy Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. The...
By Sophia Sokolowski | July 18, 2016
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Good morning, Readers! This past Friday evening (Turkish local time), tanks rolled on to the streets in the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul, marking the first coup led by members of Turkey’s own military in over 35 years. Social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube fell silent later in the evening, which further sparked outrage and elicited violent responses. According to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, at least 290 individuals died, and more than 1,400 were wounded....
By Morgan Frost | July 15, 2016
USAID Digital Development Forum Central America
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog from Victor Hugo Salcedo, a Senior Program Assistant at NDI. Victors works for the Latin America and Caribbean team at NDI, where he focuses on Central America, citizen security and innovation. He's often busy trying to learn how to code, riding bikes and leading community groups for latinos in Washington, DC. Latin America is one of the most innovation-driven regions in the world. People from Mexico to Uruguay benefit from technological...
By Sophia Sokolowski | July 11, 2016
Your Weekly Update on Technology, Democracy, & Cool Things
Happy Monday, Readers! This weekend kicked off A Mission-Driven Drupal Conference through NYC Camp in concurrence with Open Campus at the United Nations. This annual conference unites the minds of driven beginners and expert developers from around the world. The program was filled with sessions, sprints, and keynotes on reaching democratic solutions through technology-based initiatives. Today’s summit marked the end of the conference and covered various topics, including higher education...
By Sophia Sokolowski | July 6, 2016
Secretary Albright and Sophia Sokolowski
I recently heard someone say that DC is the place to be - warm summers (albeit humid), delicious venues to either dine or grab a bite, be it the buffet brunch for my voracious cravings at Farmers Fishers Bakers, or unwinding with an Aviation at The Red Hen. There are fitness spots around each corner, not to mention the beauty of a casual run along the Reflection Pool, and endless opportunities accompanied by an intense level of competition among some of the most intellectual individuals in the...