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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Fact checking bot system for LINE.

Description Updated: Sep 22, 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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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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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 is the leading open source collaboration platform supporting teamwork with a thriving community.

Description Updated: Aug 16, 2021

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A simple-to-use newsletter sending system for large lists of contacts.

Description Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Google Jamboard

Google tool available through Google Workspace that serves a digital analog to putting stickies on a wall.

Description Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Miro is a collaborative online whiteboard platform designed for remote and distributed teams.

Description Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Create interactive presentations and meetings in real time.

Description Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Webinar and video conferencing provider that has advanced moderation and webinar recording features. Zoom is among the most popular/utilized webinar platforms. Zoom is a good option for recording video, hosting breakout rooms, allowing for simultaneous translation, and automated closed…

Description Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Allows for the use of polls with target groups in real time. The tool is intuitive and user friendly. Accessing it is not hard, just need to access the platform and enter a code. Offers different ways to ask the questions (word cloud, multiple choice, open question, etc).

Description Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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A simple website builder that doesn't require the ability to write code to design a basic website.

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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A social media monitoring tool that allows users to systematically research content posted to public pages across Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and more.

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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Google Classroom

Google product similar to Open EdX, but meant for smaller groups of students in a closed classroom, rather than a massive open online course (MOOC).

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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An SMS and IVR-based systems for reaching citizens on mobile phones

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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Twine is a free and open-source platform for making interactive fiction games, much like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story, or practice quizzes. Twine doesn't require you to write any code, and it publishes directly to HTML so you can post your game almost anywhere. NDI hosts Twine for…

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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Brandwatch (formerly Crimson Hexagon)

An online media monitoring tool that enables analysis of the billions of conversations happening online.

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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An online service that provides GIS, web mapping, and spatial data science tools to analyze and visualized georeferenced data.

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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An online service that enables messaging through SMS, WhatsApp and other social channels.

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021

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A global trend tracking, prediction technology and access to fast-changing consumer and citizen sentiment in all countries.

Description Updated: Jul 28, 2021