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

Hello, World!

Hello, World!

Social Security - Using Digital Media in Zambia

Social Security - Using Digital Media in Zambia

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By Priyal Bhatt | November 13, 2017
Software Engineer
Tired of feeling like the internet is only being used to destroy democracy around the world? Speak Python and want to put your coding skills to work building open-source tools to empower civic activists, political leaders and more accountable, transparent governments? We are hiring a Software Engineer, and if you match the description, we need you! We’re looking for an energetic and innovative software developer who can assist our team in developing and maintaining our software and web...
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...
By Priyal Bhatt | December 28, 2017
2017
It’s been a busy year here at NDItech. Among other projects and programs, we’ve assisted with election monitoring, trained political parties on integrating technology, continued to build Civic Innovation networks, and participated in thought-provoking conferences around the globe! As we wrap up the last few days of 2017, we want to share a few of the projects we’ve worked on this past year. We’ve continued to update, improve, and add to our DemTools. In addition to...
By Priyal Bhatt | December 22, 2017
Blockchain
As 2017 comes to a close, many eyes have been watching the exponential growth of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology this year. From Bitcoin’s peak (and subsequent fall) to Bitcoin futures trading on the CBOE exchange, significant attention has been paid to cryptocurrencies and various governments’ engagement with blockchain. In other news: Artificial Intelligence Facebook AI describes photo to visually-impaired individuals Facebook introduces new facial recognition...
By Priyal Bhatt | December 15, 2017
Internet Shutdown
Ethnic clashes in Ethiopia this week, particularly in the Oromia region, have sparked a partial internet shutdown in the country. Several social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, have been blocked by the Ethiopian government; Whatsapp and Telegram remain accessible. Internet shutdowns are becoming an increasingly common reaction to unrest across the globe. Countries with only a few internet service providers, like Ethiopia, are especially susceptible to internet blackouts....
By Priyal Bhatt | December 4, 2017
Artificial Intelligence
From translating languages to hunting for the right job (psst...we're hiring a software engineer!), the applications of artificial intelligence technology are widespread. Particularly in the realm of social media, AI is increasingly being looked at to help evaluate content. In fact, Facebook recently expanded its AI-based suicide prevention efforts and shared AI’s success in identifying posts related to violent extremism. The potential for AI is truly endless. In other news:...
By Priyal Bhatt | November 22, 2017
Civi DemTool
We’re excited to share the launch of a new SMS feature on the Civi DemTool! The SMS conversation features allow you to automate discussions with your target audience while building the strength of your Civi database. You can start your conversations by sending out SMS to your existing contacts (for example “Are you interested in supporting our campaign?”) and let their responses (perhaps “yes”, “no” or “maybe”) trigger further questions and...
By Priyal Bhatt | November 22, 2017
thank you
As we gear up for the inevitable food-induced lethargy that follows Thanksgiving dinner, we would like to reflect for a moment and give our thanks to you--our faithful readers--and for the dynamic year it has been in technology and development. Happy Thanksgiving! At NDItech, we’re grateful for... Chris Doten The fact that we’ve hit over 50% internet penetration around the world. Getting people connected together is going to transform society as much as the printing press or radio...
By Priyal Bhatt | November 17, 2017
Digitally Connected
As technology becomes more pervasive, reaching those still unconnected and bridging the digital divide is often a greater challenge. This past week, the Thai government announced a plan to give internet-enabled SIM cards (only internet-enabled, no calls) as part of a new welfare scheme. Paid for by the government and state-owned telecommunications company, these SIM cards hope to provide those currently unconnected with better access to education, employment, and financial opportunities. In...
By Priyal Bhatt | November 9, 2017
Blockchain
From the healthcare sector to the banking industry, blockchain is frequently being considered as a tool to streamline processes and create more secure systems. Blockchain has also been used for economic empowerment; it has helped women farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa counteract gender bias and establish their economic identities. Specifically, in the Asia-Pacific region, blockchain offers the opportunity to combat corruption and promote transparent institutions. By creating a public record of...