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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,...
By Priyal Bhatt | March 27, 2019
Design Sprint with LTA
Every day civic activists, organizations, and governments are working to incorporate 21st century tools into antiquated practices and systems. NDI’s TechCivica Initiative aims to support this transformation--whether through an online data storytelling course for civic technologists or datathons on transparency and security issues in Mexico and Guatemala. Yet, programs designed around civic technology are particularly susceptible to the problem of sustainability. How do you ensure that...
By Kristi Arbogast | February 19, 2019
astronaut floating over earth
Hello, world! I just joined the NDItech team as a project assistant. I’ll be devoting a good amount of my time to the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative and anything pertaining to protecting democracy from technology. I’m looking at you, disinformation!   For the past three years, I helped run a social enterprise and collaborative community called Open Gov Hub in downtown Washington, D.C. Creating a community of changemakers focused on issues of transparency, accountability...
By NDI Tech | November 28, 2018
We're Hiring
Passionate about using the right tech for human rights? Interested in innovative ways to connect governments and citizens? Got ideas how social media could actually support democracy rather than fuel the current dumpster fire? See uses for blockchain beyond bitcoin? Do you have an excellent taste in gifs? The NDItech team could be the perfect place for you! We work with civic groups, legislators, and political parties in 60+ countries to design and implement global programs which strengthen...