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By Jason Baumgartner | April 6, 2017
Why use Redis? Using Redis is a great way to buffer ingest operations in the event that there is a database issue or some other piece of the process fails. Redis is fast. Extremely fast. Up to hundreds of thousands of SET and GET operations per second fast. That’s just using one Redis server (Redis is single-threaded, so to distribute the load, multiple Redis servers can run simultaneously — one per core). For most raw data ingest, Redis won’t even break a sweat against data...
By NDI Tech | April 2, 2017
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Note: the following blog post was written by NDI Program Officer, Victor Salcedo, and first appeared on NDI's DemWorks blog. You can also check out the recap of the event on Storify. The connection between technology, innovation and citizen input is a paramount one. One cannot effectively happen without the other, as uses of technology must be designed and created with prospective users in mind. Thus, the bond between citizen interaction and technology directly relates to the benefit and...
By Andie Arnold | February 23, 2017
Citizens monitoring election data in Zambia
Exciting news, readers! NDItech is offering a chance for you to become involved with our team. Thats right, NDItech is hiring an intern for the Spring of 2017! This paid position will provide an in-depth look at the role technology plays in politics and democratic development worldwide. If you are familiar with our blog, or with the National Democratic Institute as a whole, you know we work in over 60+ countries to support and strengthen democratic institutions. The ideal candidate will have a...
By Andie Arnold | February 14, 2017
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Hello, Readers. NDItech is here with another Weekly Roundup, bringing you all the best in technology, democracy, and world news.   UN expert David Kaye has called upon the Cameroonian government to restore internet access to two predominantly English-speaking areas of the country, calling the shutoff “an appalling violation to their right of freedom of expression.” Internet services went down in the northwest and southwest regions on January 17th, amidst a series of protests...
By Andie Arnold | February 7, 2017
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Happy Tuesday, Readers. Last Tuesday, Twitter announced new additions to its platform in order to combat abuse and harassment from certain users. Trolls, you have been warned. These updates will work to curb accounts whose primary intent is to incite arguments with hateful or abusive language and content. These updates come after months of heavy criticism and in the wake of plummeting share values, after Salesforce and other major companies such as Disney, Google, and Apple passed up bids on...
By Jared Ford | January 31, 2017
Brainstorming city priorities and next steps.
In November 2016, NDI convened government officials and citizen leaders for workshops in three cities in order to assess progress on strategic innovation plans, and discuss approaches to technology and open data that would improve citizen engagement and service delivery. In 2015, Kompas Newspaper and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) reviewed cities across Indonesia and ranked the top 15 in a Smart City Index. NDI met with Kompas to gather information on the Smart City Index methodology...
By Andie Arnold | January 30, 2017
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  Happy Monday, Readers! Last week, China strengthened laws surrounding its online censorship system, also known as the Great Firewall. The firewall currently prevents internet users from accessing foreign news outlets, search engines like Google, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or information on politically delicate subjects like Tibet. Content citing criticism of the government is also blocked. The result is an internet that hardly resembles the uncensored version we are...
By Jason Baumgartner | January 27, 2017
There are a lot of benefits in using open source software when starting your next project.  Before diving into these amazing benefits, let’s first examine what the term “open source” means.  Quite simply, open source is software code that is open for inspection and modification and allows anyone to make contributions to its development.  An example of a well known open source project is PostgreSQL -- a relational database system that is widely used in many...
By Jared Ford | January 19, 2017
Brainstorming city priorities and next steps.
In November 2016, NDI convened government officials and citizen leaders for workshops in three cities in order to assess progress on strategic innovation plans, and discuss approaches to technology and open data that would improve citizen engagement and service delivery. In 2015, Kompas Newspaper and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) reviewed cities across Indonesia and ranked the top 15 in a Smart City Index. NDI met with Kompas to gather information on the Smart City Index methodology...
By Jared Ford | January 12, 2017
Citizen leaders discuss issues critical to the city
In November 2016, NDI convened government officials and citizen leaders for workshops in three cities in order to assess progress on strategic innovation plans, and discuss approaches to technology and open data that would improve citizen engagement and service delivery. In 2015, Kompas Newspaper and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) reviewed cities across Indonesia and ranked the top 15 in a Smart City Index. NDI met with Kompas to gather information on the Smart City Index methodology...
By Andie Arnold | January 9, 2017
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Happy Monday, Readers! Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled what has become one of the most popular technological gadgets of the decade: the iPhone. An iPod, a telephone, and a miniature computer rolled all into one, the iPhone has been revolutionary. To date, over 1 billion iPhones have been sold, ranging from the original all the way to the 7th generation released this past year.   The iPhone has seen many changes over the years, most recently losing the original headphone jack on...
By Andie Arnold | January 3, 2017
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Happy Tuesday, Readers! NDItech hopes you all had a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Years! As we kick off 2017, let’s check out some of the most anticipated tech products expected this coming year. Wearable tech has taken off, with everything from to FitBit bracelets to Google Glass. We can expect to see Google adding to their line of wearable tech in 2017 by introducing their very own smartwatches. These trendy devices will run the Android 2.0 operating system, will come in two...