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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 | 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...
By Sarah Moulton | November 9, 2017
Yay civic tech!
When I was nine, a local mall revealed plans to replace its ice skating rink with a carousel. This was quite an unpopular proposal among my peer group, and in an effort to give us a practical lesson in civic engagement, my teacher allowed some of my classmates and me to skip school to attend the County’s Board of Commissioners hearing on the matter. The public were invited to testify, and being the brazen, over-confident adolescent that I was, I stepped up to the mic and informed the...
By Sarah Moulton | November 7, 2017
Screen shot of OpenInternet.global web site
Note: the following post first appeared on NDI's DemWorks blog. October 29 is commemorated as Internet Day, the anniversary of the first message sent between two independent computer terminals in 1969. The term “message” may be generous -- only the first two letters of the word “login” were in fact transmitted before the connection crashed. However, decades after that initial attempt, it is now difficult to imagine an aspect of human life that has not been...
By Priyal Bhatt | November 1, 2017
Computer
Welcome back to our weekly roundup! As the global discourse on misinformation continues to swell, Italy has adopted a fresh approach in the fight against false news. Indeed, the proliferation of false news has been an ongoing concern in Italy, particularly in relation to the upcoming parliamentary elections in May 2018. As part of an initiative led by the Italian government--and in partnership with digital companies, like Facebook--approximately 8,000 Italian seconday schools will now offer a...
By Priyal Bhatt | October 25, 2017
Hello World
Hi everyone! My name is Priyal Bhatt, and I am delighted to join the NDItech team as its newest Project Assistant. Growing up in the Silicon Valley, I have always been surrounded by technology that shapes the human experience and connects people with one another. From teaching my grandmother to Whatsapp video call to watching residents in India use Paytm to buy their daily groceries, I have had a front-row seat to witness the expansive reach and incredible potential of technological tools. In...
By Sarah Moulton | October 10, 2017
data clerks in front of computers
I'll be sending along updates throughout the day from the ECC datacenter as Liberians go to the polls today to vote in the Presidential and House of Representatives elections. Most recent updates are on top. Note: this blog post does not contain any official or unofficial information regarding the results of the observation. This will be released only by the ECC.  3:30 AM (Wednesday) Well, we're calling it a wrap. Until 6am that is, when the quest of gathering missing and/or...
By Sarah Moulton | September 26, 2017
Dear Diary
I first became acquainted with the concept of weeknotes after a meeting with Dan Barrett of the UK Parliament's Digital Service when he passed through DC this summer. We followed him on Twitter (and you can too!) and I noticed he linked to a weekly summary of his workweek published on Medium, with an intent to improve the transparency of what he and his team do on a day to day basis (also, there are some good gifs). Since I sometimes get the question: “What do you do anyway?” I...
By Ben Lynch | September 13, 2017
Togo
Last week saw an internet shutdown across Togo in response to widespread protests. In addition to blocking mobile internet, the government also blocked SMS messaging and mobile payments. The internet was eventually restored after 6 days. Internet shutdowns are becoming common, with 62 shutdowns having already occurred this year. Internet shutdowns not only restrict communication but often have significant economic costs as many companies are hampered in their ability to...
By Ben Lynch | September 6, 2017
AI training
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has great potential to bring about social good, but recently experts have been discussing its potential dangers. Two weeks ago, 116 tech experts including Elon Musk called for a UN ban on using AI in any type of weapon. This led to talk about how AI has the potential to start World War III, with Elon Musk pointing out that a computer given too much control over weapons could start the war itself. And last Friday, Vladimir Putin made a comment in a talk that, “...