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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Airtable

Airtable is a spreadsheet platform with database functionalities that allows users to create visualizations, processes, and integrations for custom applications.

Date Updated: Jul 14, 2022

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Eventbrite

Eventbrite is a global self-service ticketing platform that allows users to browse, promote, and create events. The platform allows non-profit organizations to organize online fundraising and registration for scheduled events.

Date Updated: Jul 12, 2022

Social Media by Stephen Copinger from NounProject.com

Data Analytics for Social Media Monitoring

This guide is designed to help democracy practitioners better understand social media trends, content, data, and networks.

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Strategy by Nick Bluth from NounProject.com

Combatting Information Manipulation Playbook

 A playbook for CSOs to identify, respond, and build resilience to info manipulation developed with IRI and the Stanford Internet Observatory. The playbook is intended to help leapfrog the first six months of the electoral preparation process and enable societies to effectively push back against…

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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Identified but Unheard: Assessing the Impact of Digital ID on the Civic and Political Participation of Marginalized Communities

The goal of this paper is to understand how digital ID systems can impact individuals' abilities to exercise their civic and political rights, particularly for members of marginalized communities, and to provide recommendations for building inclusive, secure, and transparent ID systems. Despite…

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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5G and the Future Internet: Implications for Developing Democracies and Human Rights

5G adoption is happening around the world, even in places with low internet penetration. As of February 2021, 131 countries had announced plans to invest in 5G and more than 60 of the 98 countries NDI works in were…

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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Design 4 Democracy Coalition

The Design 4 Democracy Coalition serves as a coordination mechanism between groups of democracy and human rights organizations around the world that are working at the forefront of technology and democracy issues. The diverse Coalition is united in a shared commitment that technology platforms…

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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Building Trust in Democracy: The Potential of Blockchain

This white paper examines blockchain technology's potential application to supporting democracy, improving government service delivery, fighting corruption, and demonstrating the integrity of elections and political processes.

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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FOSStering Democracy: Threats and Successes in Counter-Authoritarian Software Development

An NDI-published white paper examining how Free and Open Source (FOSS) public interest technology is essential to combatting digital authoritarianism and supporting democracy. The white paper draws on NDI’s programmatic expertise, as well as research and interviews with key leaders in the…

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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Code 4 All Global Network

The Code 4 All Global Network is an organization dedicated to facilitating collaboration and innovation among civic tech organizations around the world. The current 30 member organizations have access to toolkits, projects, and expertise from people doing similar work across the globe.

Date Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Rules by James from NounProject.com

Democratic Principles for the Information Space

The National Democratic Institute, in collaboration with members of the Design 4 Democracy Steering Committee, has developed this Statement of Principles in their shared commitment that technology platforms and products help build a more just and democratic world, and to bring together the…

Date Updated: Jun 22, 2022

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Info/tegrity

Within NDI’s Democracy and Technology team (DemTech), the Info/tegrity initiative provides a framework to lead and support institutional initiatives countering disinformation and other forms of online manipulation, while strengthening the integrity of the information space. Through Info/tegrity…

Date Updated: Jun 22, 2022

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Cybersecurity Handbook for Parliaments

The Handbook is an open-source resource designed to help parliaments develop an understandable and implementable cybersecurity plan. It includes explanations of key security topics that parliaments and their staff should be aware of, essential strategies and recommended tools to limit risk, and…

Date Updated: Jun 17, 2022

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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…

Date Updated: Feb 03, 2022

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SurveyMonkey

Industry leading online survey tool.

Date Updated: Dec 16, 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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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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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 …

Date Updated: Dec 09, 2021