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Findings from the IGF’s Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity

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Last year, I participated in the UN’s Internet Governance Forum’s (IGF) Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Cybersecurity. The BPF working groups form part of the IGF’s intersessional work between annual forums, and… Read More

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A member of the DemTech team conducting a cybersecurity workshop.
The DemTech team's Chris Doten facilitates user testing of the CyberSim experiential learning methodology.

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Envisioning Tech-empowered Democratic Futures: A Quote Sheet

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Democratic Futures. Photo by Yolanda Suen on Unsplash.

In the wake of the Summit for Democracy 2021, a fundamental part of the conversation to revitalize the democracy agenda involved recognizing the critical challenge that the global spread of a digital authoritarian model of governance is posing to… Read More

DemTools Through the Ages

Stone tools evolution through the ages, finishing humorously with a DemTools logo.

I’m delighted that the NDI DemTech team has hit another major milestone with a fresh iteration of the Democracy Toolkit, DemTools. For anyone reading this blog, it’s probably self-evident that we live in an increasingly digital world, and for an… Read More

DemTools: Tech tools and Approaches

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Democratic processes have struggled to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced democratic actors to accelerate their adoption of technology as traditionally in-… Read More

Free Tools for Internet Freedom

Internet Freedom
Image by phsymyst via Creative Commons

In today’s world, the exercise of democracy and human rights relies on access to secure, uncensored participation in the digital space. As society continues to move into the digital realm, the fight to defend human rights and civic space is… Read More

Gaming Democracy

Cybersecurity trainers play-testing the Cybersecurity Simulation game
Digital security trainers play-testing the Cybersecurity Simulation game

I love games - video, board, card, whatever. I cut my teeth on BBS games (bulletin-board system, online dial-up text-based system, for those who are not ancient) pre-internet, but loved the way even then games could build community. My grade… Read More

What We Learned at RightsCon 2021

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RightsCon 2021

As we near the end of the summer, the DemTech team has been thinking about our highlights. The pandemic has separated us in unimaginable ways over the last year, but the innovations it generated have also connected us in ways that we never… Read More

CrowdTangle, a Useful Tool in NDI’s Social Media Monitoring Toolkit

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Technology and Internet usage have skyrocketed in recent years, and the National Democratic Institute’s DemTech team has recognized the need for acquiring resources, and using new tools to better understand these ecosystems. To that end, NDI has… Read More

Coming Soon: The Cybersecurity Handbooks

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Democratic organizations of all stripes are facing increasingly complex cyber threats. And while global awareness of cybersecurity is increasing, there’s still a lot of work to do. While some democratic actors are taking steps to protect… Read More