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.

Before you get started, please read these important considerations for using digital tools

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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.…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Tails

A free, security-focused operating system aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. Tails requires advanced knowledge and proper training to be used effectively, but can be particularly useful for individuals and organizations concerned about device confiscation and/or the security of…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Signal

A free, secure communications application that provides end-to-end encrypted individual and group messages, audio, and group video calls. Available as an app on iPhones and Androids, and can be used as a desktop client as well. Signal is the best option for secure messaging and file sharing,…

Description 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.

Description 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.

Description 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…

Description 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…

Description Updated: Nov 18, 2021

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Google Advanced Protection Program

A service that allows Google users (people with Gmail/Google accounts) to adopt enhanced security setting on their accounts. Users with high visibility and sensitive information stored in their Google accounts should strongly consider enrolling in Advanced Protection. Enrollment is free for any…

Description Updated: Nov 17, 2021

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Countering Disinformation Guide

A guide to promoting information integrity. This living project provides an outline of what’s being done to address the challenge in key areas and provides a searchable database of the organizations around the world engaged in making the digital landscape safe for democracy.

Description Updated: Nov 16, 2021

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MapBox

Mapbox is a company that offers one most-used digital mapping tools in the world, making geo-referenced data more easy to understand across hundreds of thousands of websites and mobile phone applications. Mapbox is a significant contributor to open-source mapping libraries and applications.

Description Updated: Oct 28, 2021

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Google Translate

Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between over 100 languages.

Description Updated: Oct 18, 2021

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Tella

Tella is a mobile data collection application for Android by Horizontal. Tella was designed from the ground up for security, and allows users to hide and encrypt sensitive material in a secure container on their mobile device, and securely send this material to the servers of the organization or…

Description Updated: Oct 08, 2021

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Meltwater

An online media monitoring tool that enables tracking of both social and traditional media platforms.

Description Updated: Sep 22, 2021

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Google Dialogflow

A natural language understanding platform created by Google to design and integrate a conversational user interface into mobile apps, web applications, devices, bots, interactive voice response systems and related uses.

Description Updated: Sep 22, 2021

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0archive

Tool for scraping content from websites/social media for analysis.

Description Updated: Sep 22, 2021

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Webflow

A simple website builder that doesn't require the ability to write code. Integrates well with AWS and Cloudflare.

Description Updated: Sep 14, 2021

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Open Election Data Initiative

An initiative that applies open data principles to the context of elections. The Initiative contains two main components:
- The Election Data Guide outlines which open data principles are most important in elections.
- The Election Data Academy helps civic actors use and analyze…

Description Updated: Aug 31, 2021

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Open Internet Democracy Initiative

A set of principles for an open internet and global network designed to empower and improve the digital rights literacy of activists and civil society organizations in the Global South.

Description Updated: Aug 31, 2021

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DocumentCloud

A tool that allows users to upload documents and extract data in a form that is more easy to organize, analyze, annotate, search, and embed.

Description Updated: Aug 30, 2021

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Mattermost

Mattermost is the leading open source collaboration platform supporting teamwork with a thriving community.

Description Updated: Aug 16, 2021