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

We're Hiring!

We're Hiring!

Introducing the Democracy Notary: An Experiment in Information Integrity

Introducing the Democracy Notary: An Experiment in Information Integrity

Citizen-Centered

Citizen-Centered

Weekly Roundup 7/20/18

A six-member team of researchers published a report on the effectiveness of SMS messages to change voter perceptions in the 2016 Uganda district elections. Using information from Uganda Office of the Auditor General, the team sent texts about local corruption to constituents and measured post-election voting patterns.

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Tech Tools in Fighting Disinformation of Voters

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Tech Tools in Fighting Disinformation of Voters

NDItech Goes to (Tech) Camp

NDItech Goes to (Tech) Camp

Why is a Democracy Organization into Blockchain?

Why is a Democracy Organization into Blockchain?

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By Grace Chimezie | February 14, 2020
Tech and Governance
Recently, Twitter made changes to its privacy policy to protect its users from state actors taking advantage of its API to merge usernames to phone numbers. The move comes after Google, YouTube, Venmo and LinkedIn sent a cease-and-desist letter to Clearview AI, “a facial recognition app that scrapes images from websites and social media platforms.” Twitter, in a blogpost, says its effort is part of the platform’s transparent effort to protect users data and third-party abuse...
By Grace Chimezie | January 30, 2020
2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index
At NDI we believe that technology can have a positive role to improve civic discussion, fuel grassroots advocacy, and amplify citizen's voices, but in recent times it has become all too clear that the transformations ushered in by major technology companies also pose risks to democracy and human rights. We recently welcomed leaders from the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) team to NDI to share about their research methodology and  Corporate Accountability reports addressing corporate...
By Chris Doten | January 29, 2020
Providing cybersecurity training to at-risk activists
Want to use your interest in technology for good? The NDItech team is hiring for two different positions providing direct support to civil society organizations and political partners working to build more just, democratic societies around the world.   Want to help partners use tech tools for democracy and development? We’ve created a new Partner Engagement Assistant position working directly with civic and political organizations around the world to help them implement tech...
By Grace Chimezie | January 16, 2020
New Year's Resolutions
The New Year is usually fraught with hope and optimism. It is also a time to come up with new names for new habits, with the hope that by discipline and dedication, growth will occur. After two-weeks of introspection, by the Technology and Innovation team, here is a compilation of our technology resolution for the year 2020.   What The Team is Saying Chris Doten: For the year, "I want to wrap my head better around the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. To that end...
By Grace Chimezie | January 9, 2020
Abstract Eye
The arrival of 2020 brings with it the dawn of a new decade, and somewhere, embedded in this excitement, are plenty of speculations about the next big tech trends coming our way.  A few things to be on the lookout for: 5G wireless technology, a completely synthetic brain, robotic moon bases, brain implanted chips, self-driving cars, and so much more. Closer to the work we undertake in the democratic space, we can look forward to policies that continue to emerge from data, privacy, and...
By Grace Chimezie | December 20, 2019
Survey errors GeoPoll
The NDItech team recently had the pleasure of hosting leaders from GeoPoll to discuss how their mobile phone survey technologies can gather insights into critical development questions. Scott Lansell, GeoPoll’sVP for Business Development, broke down the intricate process involved in collecting data through mobile phones in Africa. NDI does a great deal of work in Africa. Given the complexities of government and society across the continent, it can be very valuable to understand how...
By Grace Chimezie | December 19, 2019
Abstract Eye
Today we share our top weekly technology related articles, the last for the year 2019. Technology has been at the heart of major global changes we have witnessed over the last decade. The world has been changed by technology - and at the same time tech has changed us as humans, too. Looking ahead towards 2020, we continue to observe with keen interest the worrying trend of internet shutdowns, which has followed popular protest of trenchant government policies in nations like Iran and India....
By Evan Summers | November 20, 2019
NDI Côte d'Ivoire staff train on the Civi DemTool
A couple weeks back, I spent an afternoon with my colleagues at NDI’s office in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire performing a task all too familiar to us on the NDItech team - setting up cheap Android smartphones with Telerivet. NDI has used Telerivet - a powerful and accessible SMS gateway platform - in dozens of countries over the past few years, including Côte d'Ivoire, to support data collection for election observations with our Apollo DemTool. But this isn’t another election...
By Grace Chimezie | November 8, 2019
Tech and Governance
On October 30th, Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced in a series of tweets that the platform will put a global ban all forms of political advertisements - a move widely praised by users of the platform (at least according to one survey). The new policy is planned to go into full effect on November 22nd. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” Dorsey said. The move comes in the build up to the US 2020 Presidential election and the anticipated UK...
By Grace Chimezie | October 29, 2019
Tech and Governance
My name is Grace Chimezie, and I am delighted to be a recent addition to the NDITech team. I have been welcomed warmly by brilliant thinkers, invested in strengthening NDI’s core democratic principles. During the next several months, I’ll be serving as a project assistant, collaborating on tasks related to DemTools, exploring how citizens engage with their governments through technology, promoting an open and democratic Internet, as well as strengthening NDItech’s digital...
By Chris Doten | August 14, 2019
Computers running the Apollo DemTool in Zambia
Here at NDI we’re looking for a new team to design and manage the exciting process of building products to scale to serve hundreds of democracy and human rights organizations around the world!   NDI is hiring a Product Manager to shepherd the architecture, human-centered design, and development of products at NDI, particularly our DemTools initiative. Our partners are  critical pillars of democratic society - local governments, elected officials, civil society groups, and...
By Kristi Arbogast | April 11, 2019
Human Centered Design with DemTools
RSVP for April 24  Human-centered design has revolutionized the development of technology--but this people-first approach has been largely absent in software for international development.  Join NDI and a panel of experts to discuss how integrating human-centered design in technology-powered projects can increase their impact, and how the approach improved the third-generation of DemTools--a suite of open-source products that have helped partners around the world monitor elections,...