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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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…

Description 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…

Description 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.

Description 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.

Description Updated: Feb 28, 2022

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People Powered - Guide to Digital Participation Platforms

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 their Guide to Digital Participation Platforms which contains guidance on best practices for participatory democracy,…

Description Updated: Feb 03, 2022

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SurveyMonkey

Industry leading online survey tool.

Description 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.

Description 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.…

Description 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 DemCloud …

Description 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.

Description Updated: Dec 09, 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,…

Description Updated: Nov 19, 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…

Description 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…

Description Updated: Nov 19, 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…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Municipal Digital Transformation Guidebook

This guidebook aims to help municipal leaders with the drive to embark on digital transformation programs design, implement, and manage successful technology projects.

Description 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.…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 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…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Keepass

An encrypted desktop-based password manager that allows users to set up a vault on their device to secure their passwords and other sensitive information, protected by one primary password. KeyPass is open-source and free to use.

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Malwarebytes

An anti-malware software for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS that finds and removes malware with a free basic version and paid-for premium plans.

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Tunnelbear VPN

Tunnelbear, a trusted VPN (virtual private network), helps users avoid internet censorship and surveillance. While a for-profit tool available to paying users, Tunnelbear provides free credits to democratic actors in countries where secure communication and internet freedom is under threat. They…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021