DemTech: Our Blog


Free Tools for Internet Freedom

Internet Freedom
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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

Social Media Monitoring Picture

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

Cybersecurity handbook illustration

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

The Democratic Impacts of 5G

A city overlaid with connected network lines and symbols for cellular technology
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5G adoption is happening around the world, even in places with low internet penetration. At the end of 2019, 131 countries had announced plans to invest in 5G, Read More

What the CEPPS Countering Disinformation Guide Can Do for You!

Countering Disinformation: A guide to promoting information integrity
The CEPPS Countering Disinformation Guide

The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) launched theCountering Disinformation Guidethis April as a one-stop-shop for practitioners and civil society organizations… Read More

Designing Democratic Digital Cities


In an increasingly digitized era, where people use online services daily for everything from doctors to dinners to drivers, government entities at all levels need to keep up to meet their people’s expectations. This shift to digital is a… Read More

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

Two hands in front of a computer with a fingerprint scan application open.
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A legally recognized form of identification can fundamentally impact our ability to exercise our economic, social, and civil rights in their everyday life. Taking part in many routine tasks - such as accessing social service benefits, receiving… Read More

Hello, World!

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Hello! My name is Jade Collins and I’m thrilled to be joining the NDI DemTech team as a Project Assistant.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have been immersed in an environment that fosters technology-driven innovation. This… Read More