DemTech: Our Blog


HTML: The Universal Language


Just back from a trip to Erbil, Iraq. NDI is working with the Iraqi parliament on a new project, and one of my main roles was finding local coding wizards to build the software.

I was impressed… Read More

Leadership on the Lake – Macedonians Win with Tech Cooperation


When introducing IT initiatives into legislatures or about any other organization, the importance of good leadership and "buy-in" from the top is widely recognized as a key to successful adoption. It certainly was a recurring theme by several of… Read More

The Challenges of High Tech, e.g. Bikes


Nicholas Kristoff wrote a good story in the Grey Lady on the power of bikes to transform lives in Africa.

It's a nice Kristoff-style human interest piece. What really intrigued me was his comment on… Read More

Broadcast is Technology Too


When we talk about technology for development, older technologies tend to get lost in the shuffle. Radio and television just aren’t sexy the way that mobile and mapping are – we know them too well to get exercised about the possibilities. Too… Read More

Moments of Opportunity: 2008 Zimbabwe Elections


A good example of combining good use of technology with well-organized political activity by strong organizations to increase political space in an authoritarian or closed society was Zimbabwe’s 2008… Read More

Democratic Development? There's an App for That.


Innovative ideas coming out of the State Department these days.

The Apps4Africa contest is designed to encourage and support African mobile… Read More

Opening Afghanistan's Elections

Afghan Election Data, including map

In the run-up to this weekend's parliamentary (Wolesi Jirga or WJ) vote in Afghanistan, NDI has just launched our latest election data site - Read More

Job Post: We're Recruiting a Drupal Developer


We're looking for a Drupal developer to join our team here in Washington, DC.

The job would require you to build and manage NDI's public websites (including this blog!) as well as new tools for our international development projects. We… Read More

Field Trip


I'm currently in Erbil, Iraq in the Kurdistan region, doing an assessment of an upcoming project with the Iraqi Parliament.

It's hot.

The NDItech team travels a good deal for this kind… Read More

Security Blanket Statements


People sometimes come to ICT to ask “How can I make my computer and network secure?”

To which I will respond: “Well, what do you mean by secure?”

This makes me very popular.

The first problem is that there is no big red on/off… Read More