The State of Democracy and Technology

The State of Democracy and Technology

Cybersecurity in Political Campaigns

Cybersecurity in Political Campaigns

Improving the Digital Landscape in Georgia

Improving the Digital Landscape in Georgia

Sorting Truth from Truthiness in the Digital Age

Sorting Truth from Truthiness in the Digital Age

In the Fight Against Disinformation, Many Tools are Needed

In the Fight Against Disinformation, Many Tools are Needed

Cybersecurity in Ukraine: Deep Dives vs Broad Brush

Cybersecurity in Ukraine: Deep Dives vs Broad Brush

Hiring! Cybersecurity and Partner Engagement!

Hiring! Cybersecurity and Partner Engagement!

We're Hiring! Product Manager and Project Lead to Shape Tech for Democracy!

We're Hiring! Product Manager and Project Lead to Shape Tech for Democracy!

Event: Human Centered Design with DemTools

Event: Human Centered Design with DemTools

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We're Hiring!

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By Cindy Zeng | October 20, 2020
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Hello, World! My name is Cindy Zeng and I just joined the NDI DemTech team as a Project Assistant.   In undergrad, I completed a double major in applied mathematics and history. Through studying math, algorithms, and artificial intelligence, I grew interested in the ethics of data collection and consequently the intersection of technology, policy, and democracy. At the NDI, I’m interested in exploring disinformation, election interference, and their implications on governance and...
By Elizabeth Sutterlin | October 15, 2020
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Hello, World! My name is Elizabeth Sutterlin, and I am so excited to be joining NDI’s DemTech team as a Program Assistant. I have always been fascinated by the internet. This immense, global network could instantly direct anyone to unprecedented amounts of information and could connect people anywhere in the world in real time. The tools and technologies of the internet certainly shaped how I communicated with others and how I engaged with the world around me, and as I began to study...
By Chris Doten | October 15, 2020
Women in Zambia managing CCMG data center
(cross-posted from NDI's main DemWorks blog) It is hard to overstate the impact of digital transformation on democracies and the daily lives of citizens around the world. The developing world is coming online at an extraordinary pace; there are places in which NDI works that are receiving the most significant innovation of the 20th century – electrification – at the same time as that of the 21st – instant global communications. Past technology revolutions such as the...
By Chris Doten | October 2, 2020
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I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel on cybersecurity in the context of upcoming Bolivian elections.  (Check out the video if interested!) One thing I took away from this event was that in the cyber world, the challenges parties face are universal.    I’ve been in this world for quite a few years. I’ve worked full-time on political campaigns, particularly for Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Before all that, my first career was in systems and...
By Moira Whelan | September 9, 2020
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(Originally posted on NDI.org) As Georgia approaches its parliamentary elections on October 31, 2020, NDI partners are hard at work creating an environment that will ensure all Georgians have access to accurate information necessary for a free and equal election environment. To protect digital space, civil society leaders from Georgia are monitoring social media and working to increase transparency prior to the elections. Internet penetration has doubled in Georgia in the past six years, and...
By Priyal Bhatt | August 21, 2020
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Every year, NDI joins thought leaders, practitioners, and activists from civil society, governments, media, academia, and business for a week of global discussions on safeguarding human rights in our digital age at RightsCon. This year, AccessNow convened an impressive virtual summit on a variety of topics, including election integrity, privacy, political change and more. Here are some of the conversations that caught our eye: On Disinformation and Content Regulation Disinformation campaigns...
By Chris Doten | August 15, 2020
Digital notaries validating genuine information
“Who you gonna believe” – as the comics say – “me, or your lyin’ eyes?” When it comes to politics, cognitive bias has always given citizens a strong push to believe “their side,” whatever the evidence to the contrary suggests. As disinformation swamps the internet, the problem has become much worse with lyin’ evidence that’s all too easy to believe. Increasingly, information is forged or manipulated. Convincing but fake, this...
By Chris Doten | June 15, 2020
Lots of tools.
(Originally posted on DemWorks 6/22/2018) In technology, you often hear geeks referencing the classic “garbage in, garbage out” problem. When the inputs to a system are bad, however beautifully crafted the program itself may be, the outputs will necessarily be bad as well. Our democratic systems are dependent on the input of citizens, but when disinformation is also an input the outputs of our processes can be deeply flawed. Disinformation and the systemic distrust it fuels has been...
By Grace Chimezie | April 17, 2020
Tech and Governance
As countries begin to stabilize their processes around coping with COVID-19, we’re highlighting positive efforts within the digital space to continue and improve programming, despite prevailing challenges. Institutions like the Center for Bioengineering and Design at John Hopkins for example, are implementing virtual design challenges to rapidly prototype tech-enabled solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. Also this week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched...
By Grace Chimezie | April 4, 2020
Tech and Governance
In our previous blog post, we highlighted responses of organizations and government to the COVID-19 pandemic, with increasing policies and a strong recommendation to adopt social distancing to lessen the virus spread. Today, we summarize digital responses to COVID-19 by stakeholders, most of which center on raising concerns about citizen's privacy, and the ethical use of gathered data during, and after this crisis. For example, in the United Kingdom, the government is set to release a '...
By Grace Chimezie | March 20, 2020
Tech and Governance
The coronavirus pandemic, which has increased calls for social distancing, has resulted in the need for a change in organizational policies, particularly a growing need for telework options. For individuals new to remote work, it can be isolating to be away from colleagues, while navigating logistical challenges like irregular wifi connection and awkward video-call meetings. To help individuals, managers, and teams to navigate tasks,  Doist has shared a few ideas on ways to navigate remote...
By Chris Doten | March 15, 2020
Volodymyr Kaplun and Chris Doten opening conversation on emerging cybersecurity threats in Ukraine
(Originally posted on DemWorks) The internet has never felt like a scarier place. Whether from sophisticated nation-state actors or freelancing hackers, democracy and human rights organizations face dangerous threats online. Despite the risks, civic and political players must be active in the digital arena with their country’s citizens to have an impact. NDI is working to help these organizations engage online and stay safe. Ukraine is in a dangerous digital neighborhood so political...