Guides and Tools

This library of "DemTools" consists of software, approaches, toolkits and guides that DemTech regards as trusted technology-related resources for the democracy community. It is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a curated list of tools and resources known by DemTech experts to be valuable for enabling democratic actors to conduct their work in a safe, reliable, and cost effective way.

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Fix My Community

A crowdmapping system that empowers citizens to flag problems in their communities. NDI hosts Fix My Community for partners through its DemCloud cloud-hosting service.

Date Updated: Apr 04, 2022

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Deflect

Deflect is a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and cyber-attack mitigation platform that helps protect the websites of vulnerable civic groups. The service is made free to eligible non-profit civic and human rights organizations.

Date Updated: Feb 28, 2022

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People Powered

People Powered is a global hub for participatory democracy - the direct participation of community members in making the policy decisions that affect their lives. In addition to guidance on best practices for participatory democracy, the hub has collected hundreds of tools, guides, and materials to support this work. 

Date Updated: Feb 03, 2022

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SurveyMonkey

Industry leading online survey tool.

Date Updated: Dec 16, 2021

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Google Groups

A service from Google that provides discussion groups for people sharing common interests through email distribution lists. Google Groups are not designed for secure communication.

Date Updated: Dec 15, 2021

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Slack

Creates a private online meeting space where “conference” attendees can join channels – similar to “break-out sessions” – on specific topics. The platform also supports video and audio calls, but more advanced webinar tools should be used for the more formal presentations of the conference.

Date Updated: Dec 15, 2021

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Civi

A contact relationship management (CRM) platform that has the ability store, track and segment large volumes of contact data and use it to take actions, like send messages via SMS and email. NDI hosts Civi for partners through its DemCloud cloud-hosting service.

Date Updated: Dec 09, 2021

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DemGames

DemGames represents variety of open-source tools that NDI utilizes to enable program and partners to share basic lessons in an entertaining way with their audiences. NDI hosts games built using Twine for partners through its DemCloud cloud-hosting service.

Date Updated: Dec 09, 2021

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Apollo

Apollo is an open-source data management system that is designed to support citizen election observation and other large-scale structured data collection. NDI hosts Apollo for partners through its DemCloud cloud-hosting service.

Date Updated: Dec 09, 2021

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Cybersecurity Handbook for Civil Society Organizations

The Handbook is an open-source resource designed to help civil society organizations develop an understandable and implementable cybersecurity plan. It includes explanations of key security topics that organizations and their staff should be aware of, essential strategies and recommended tools to limit risk, and tips and links to additional resources that can help an organization implement such recommendations. The Handbook material is also available as an online course.

Date Updated: Nov 19, 2021

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Practical Cybersecurity for Organizations Online Course

NDI's Practical Cybersecurity for Organizations Online Course provides civil society organizations, political parties, and parliaments a unique online course opportunity to develop an understandable and implementable cybersecurity plan. The course, built off the material in NDI's Cybersecurity Handbooks, includes explanations of key security topics that these organizations their staff should be aware of, essential strategies and recommended tools to limit risk, and tips and links to additional resources that can help these groups implement such recommendations. Certificates are available for successful completion of the course and development of a cybersecurity plan.

Date Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Cybersecurity Handbook for Political Parties

Cybersecurity Handbook for Political Parties

The Handbook is an open-source resource designed to help political parties develop an understandable and implementable cybersecurity plan. It includes explanations of key security topics that parties and their staff should be aware of, essential strategies and recommended tools to limit risk, and tips and links to additional resources that can help a party implement such recommendations. The Handbook material is also available as an online course.

Date Updated: Nov 19, 2021

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Microsoft AccountGuard Program

A service that allows Outlook and Microsoft 365 users to adopt enhanced security settings on their accounts. Eligible global nonprofit organizations with sensitive information stored in their Microsoft accounts should strongly consider applying for AccountGuard, which can help them (at no additional cost) protect sensitive data and build trust by providing unified threat detection and notification across organizational and associated personal accounts in the event of a nation-state attack or compromise.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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think10

A tool designed to provide women who participate in politics with a confidential way to assess their individual security and make a plan to increase their safety.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Duo Mobile

Duo mobile is a two-factor authentication application that allows users to verify their identity by approving push notifications before accessing applications. Duo also allows users to generate time-based one-time passcodes that they can type into their login prompt to complete the two-factor authentication process.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Outline VPN

Outline is a tool created by Jigsaw, a technology incubator created by Google, that allows users to easily create their own secure, self-hosted VPN (virtual private network). A trusted Outline VPN helps users more securely avoid internet censorship and surveillance if properly used and managed. Outline itself is free, however it does require the use of a cloud server through a hosting provider such as Digital Ocean or Amazon. Such a server typically costs at least a few US dollars per month, depending upon data usage.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Authy

Authy is a free two-factor authentication application that works on both iPhone and Android. It allows users to generate time-based one-time passcodes, even without access to internet, that they can type into their login prompt to complete the two-factor authentication process.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Bitdefender

An anti-malware software for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Bitdefender offers a free version that provides strong basic anti-virus capabilities for Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Paid versions of Bitdefender offer extra features and are also available for iPhones.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Bitwarden

Bitwarden is a digital password manager. Such systems allow you to set up secure vaults to store long, unique passwords for all your accounts without needing to remember them each individually. If properly secured and used, this allows individuals and organizations to enhance their account security by using strong passwords overall. Bitwarden is an open-source tool that has a good free-tier, but also offers paid plans with additional features for experienced users and teams/organizations.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator is a free two-factor authentication application that works on both iPhone and Android. It allows users to generate time-based one-time passcodes, even without access to internet, that they can type into their login prompt to complete the two-factor authentication process.

Date Updated: Nov 18, 2021