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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Online Course: Cybersecurity Basics for Democracy Activists

As someone who stands up for democracy, you are likely to find yourself –- if you haven't yet already –- the target of a cybersecurity attack. This is not intended to be alarmist; it is reality these days, even for individuals that do not consider themselves to be particular targets. The good…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2022

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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.

Description Updated: Nov 07, 2022

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Block Party

Block Party is a social media safety app designed for the realities of online harassment. The app allows people who regularly experience online harassment to safely engage in public conversations on social media. With Block Party, users are in control of what they want to see on…

Description Updated: Oct 25, 2022

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Clean Insights

Clean Insights is a tool designed to gather analytics for your website while prioritizing privacy. Standard analytics tool gather large amounts of information, which can be useful, but can also compromise the privacy of the users viewing your website. Clean Insights provides the advantages of…

Description Updated: Oct 25, 2022

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think10

The #think10 safety planning tool provides women in politics guidance on how to enhance their personal security by combining scores from a self-assessment questionnaire and the country score from NDI’s new Women’s Political Participation Risk…

Description Updated: Oct 18, 2022

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Critical Mention

Critical Mention is a media monitoring and media contact monitoring tool. Users have access to television, radio, print media, podcasts, online news, and social media. While the tool is in English, it draws from news sources in over 90…

Description Updated: Oct 18, 2022

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Canva

Canva is a graphic design tool that enables users to drag-and-drop feature and layouts to easily design beautiful visual content and infographics.

    Description Updated: Oct 18, 2022

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    Google Chat

    The world’s leading internet search giant, Google, also offers a communication and collaboration tool, which was initially designed for teams and business environments. Google Chat provides direct messaging and group conversations. Like

    Description Updated: Oct 13, 2022

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    Bitly

    Bitly is a tool which shortens URLs, creates QR codes, and can generate link-in-bios. The platform allows users to track engagement, including clicks and shares. Bitly even tracks what it calls “organic shares…

    Description Updated: Oct 13, 2022

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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.

    Description 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.

    Description Updated: Jul 12, 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.

    Description 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…

    Description 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…

    Description Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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    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…

    Description 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…

    Description 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.

    Description Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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    Data Analytics for Social Media Monitoring

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

    Description 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…

    Description Updated: Jun 24, 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…

    Description Updated: Jun 22, 2022