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Weekly Roundup 9/21/18

On September 9th, Swedes took to the polls to vote for a new prime minister and members of parliament. Studying a sample of Twitter posts in the run-up to the elections, researchers at the… Read More

Weekly Roundup 9/14/18

Last week, the 172-year-old Associated Press (AP) announced a collaboration with the little over twelve-… Read More

User Experience Testing

As anyone who has spent time in tech knows, “designing good software” is as complicated as the term is simple. It’s easy to come up with ideas and improvements for your products. But the actual implementation is full of pitfalls that… Read More



“We shape our tools and, thereafter our tools shape us…”  — John Culkin (1967)


It’s amazing what humanity can do with the right tools. If you’ve ever looked up the work of… Read More

Elections and Data Routing in Mali

When my colleague Jared and I landed in Bamako, I was expecting to head to our hotel, have an early dinner, and then grab the sleep we missed out on during our plane ride over, so that… Read More

Weekly Roundup 8/7/18

On July 30th, six million Zimbabweans took to the polls to elect new members of parliament and a new president. Taking place less than a year after… Read More

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… Read More

Weekly Roundup 7/6/18

On July 1st, Uganda’s Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill went into effect, placing taxes on electronic transactions and social media… Read More

Weekly Roundup 6/29/18

‘Twas the week of blockchain!

Brazil’s central bank unveiled plans to use a blockchain-powered platform for sharing… Read More

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

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… Read More