NDItech Goes to (Tech) Camp

NDItech Goes to (Tech) Camp

Why is a Democracy Organization into Blockchain?

Why is a Democracy Organization into Blockchain?

We're Hiring! Software Engineer

We're Hiring! Software Engineer

NDI, Software Development, and the Long Haul

NDI, Software Development, and the Long Haul

How Smart Automation Can Be Used In International Development

How Smart Automation Can Be Used In International Development

We're Hiring! Product Management, Internship, Systems Engineers...

We're Hiring! Product Management, Internship, Systems Engineers...

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

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By Julia Rhodes | June 22, 2018
Weekly Roundup
This week, the Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford released the annual Digital News Report, a survey of 37 countries and 74,000 participants. The report finds that respondents are increasingly using WhatsApp to consume news. Particularly in Malaysia, Brazil, and Turkey, individuals find that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption creates a safer space to seek out information on contentious topics. At the same time, WhatsApp has also facilitated the spread of false rumors about the...
By Julia Rhodes | June 15, 2018
Weekly Roundup
Welcome back to our weekly roundup! Artificial intelligence may play a role countering false news in Brazil’s general elections this October. Although automated bots have contributed to the spread of viral misinformation in Brazil, some are designed to promote political transparency. Social bot Stilingue will help politicians communicate with citizens while Rosie will keep candidates accountable. (Last year alone, Rosie analyzed public expenditures and flagged 8,000 suspicious...
By Zoe Chandra | June 13, 2018
Hello, World!
Hello, World! My name is Zoe Chandra and I am thrilled to be part of NDITech as an intern this summer. As a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College, I have been able to explore a variety of academic disciplines. I have enjoyed taking courses in anything from computer programming to public policy to global poverty. The multi-disciplinary and integrative nature of NDI’s work attracted me to this internship, as NDI provides an environment where my many interests intersect. As the political...
By Julia Rhodes | June 5, 2018
Hello world
Hello, world! My name is Julia Rhodes, and I’m excited to join NDItech as their new Intern. As a soon-to-be graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, I look forward to pursuing my passion for human rights and finding innovative ways to protect them. I grew up in Delaware – a state small in size but full of engaged and connected people. From participating in phone-banks for local government to volunteering with Teach For America summer camps, I saw how...
By Evan Summers | May 22, 2018
NDItech trainer talks DemTools with participants at TechCamp Guatemala
The last few months, we here at NDItech have had the great opportunity to talk civic innovation, transparency and accountability with dozens of civic groups, journalists and government officials through a few TechCamps and PeaceTech Exchanges. These programs, put on by the State Department and PeaceTech Lab, respectively, link technical experts with innovators across the globe to brainstorm, “pitch” and ultimately bring to life smart, contextualized tech solutions to pressing...
By Priyal Bhatt | April 25, 2018
Now Hiring!
“Innovating for Democracy:” I was struck by that phrase when I first learned about NDI and the work we do promoting democracy across the globe. How can you bridge the disconnect between today’s digital citizens with a smartphone and the world in their pocket, and the often antiquated methods utilized by political organizations with low technology adoption and engagement? At NDItech, we aim to do just that. Through our DemTools initiative and support to field offices in over 70...
By Priyal Bhatt | April 12, 2018
Cybersecurity
A string of recent cyber-attacks--most notably a ransomware attack in Atlanta on March 22nd--have highlighted the importance of acknowledging cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities at the local government level. Though emergency response systems and services at Atlanta’s airport were unaffected by the attack, other city services remain offline as the city recovers. Atlanta is not alone; a recent study shows that 44% of local governments report that they face cyber-attacks on an hourly or...
By Noble Ackerson | April 2, 2018
Noble Ackerson
In 2009 a startup I co-founded worked with International Business & Technical Consultants Inc. on technology-related projects that met the development assistance needs of emerging markets. I considered the following four years as one of my most rewarding career experiences. I left my work at IBTCI to pursue a product idea I had, built an award winning team, and headed out west to Northern California to join the Momentum Ventures Accelerator to bootstrap my startup. Throughout the years,...
By Chris Doten | March 12, 2018
Zambian data clerks compiling election monitoring reports
Attending South by Southwest? See Chris and the Blockchain Trust Accelerator team presenting on blockchain for social good Thursday at 11: Trust Crisis! What is this blockchain stuff NDI is working on? Isn’t that some sort of dodgy cryptocurrency? Well, no. Don’t get lost in the technobabble - blockchain is a confusing technology with a simple purpose: enabling groups that don’t trust each other to trade things or validate information without an all-powerful middleman. In a...
By Priyal Bhatt | February 13, 2018
digital identity
An estimated 1.5 billion people in developing countries lack proof of identity, often preventing them from accessing basic rights and services. The Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development aim to create a guiding framework for inclusive, trustworthy and secure identification systems that mitigate this gap. One emerging technological tool for realizing self-sovereign digital identities is blockchain. A recent report has highlighted a couple potential blockchain use cases for...
By Priyal Bhatt | January 29, 2018
letters
With U.S. midterm elections taking place in the second half of this year, technology companies are looking to a variety of different programs and policies to combat disinformation. Recognizing that social media may have negative effects on democracy, Facebook has outlined new trust verification mechanisms and changes to its news feed. By making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent, Facebook aims to engage greater community interaction. Facebook is also rolling out surveys...
By Priyal Bhatt | January 9, 2018
Computer
Happy New Year, and welcome back to our weekly roundup! This past week, Spectre and Meltdown--flaws in computer chips that can allow an attacker to access sensitive data in the chip’s memory--dominated the news. An estimated three billion chips in phones, computers, and tablets are vulnerable to Spectre. Thankfully, there is currently no indication that these vulnerabilities have been exploited, but be sure to update your devices when new updates are released. Authorities in India are...