Thislibrary 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.
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.
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.
Cloudflare is a content delivery network provider that secures websites against security breaches and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Such attacks are commonly used to make sites inaccessible to the public. Through Project Galileo, Cloudflare makes these enterprise-grade protection services available for free to at-risk public interest websites at no cost. Qualifying organizations can apply directly on the Project Galileo website, or through a sponsoring organization like NDI.
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.
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.
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 Google account, but does require the use of physical security keys.
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.
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.
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 partner they're working with when they have internet access.
Open311 is a form of technology that provides open channels of communication for issues that concern public space and public services. Primarily, Open311 refers to a standardized protocol for location-based collaborative issue-tracking.
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.
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 available data.