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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Document Cloud

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.

Date Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Polimeter

Polimeter

A system for tracking politician's promises

Date Updated: Aug 16, 2021

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Vote Compass

A system to match voters to parties based on their concerns and preferences

Date Updated: Aug 16, 2021

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Mattermost

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

Date Updated: Aug 16, 2021

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OONI Probe

Creates a network of testers in-country to run the OONI probe in order to better understand the state of censorship. Tests various websites, circumvention tools, and messaging apps to see what is blocked or accessible. The app then gives you a list of what specific websites are blocked or accessible. Very user-friendly and simple to use, and can be expanded easily to other countries, as long as you have a network of people who can run the app.

Date Updated: Aug 03, 2021

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Padlet

An an online service that allows users users can upload, organize, and share content to virtual bulletin boards called "padlets."

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Slido

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).

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Miro

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

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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WebEx

Similar to Google Meet or Zoom for video conferences, but more secure because the platform has end-to-end video encryption.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Mentimeter

Create interactive presentations and meetings in real time.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Youtube Live

A live video streaming service that integrates with Zoom and other video conferencing or webinar tools.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Zoom

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 captioning.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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MailChimp

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

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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DropBox

A cloud storage service for documents and other files.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Alchemer

Build simple or highly complex surveys and webforms for data collection. More sophisticated and flexible than a simple Google Form, Alchemer allows you to build in branching logic, a wide range of question types, advanced survey logic, and advanced data analysis and exporting. With paid plans, Alchemer also enables strong encryption and security settings.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Facebook Groups

Invite-only online groups that help create a collaborative workspace.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Google Meet

Integrated with Google Workspace, video conferencing tool that enables easy scheduling of group video calls, and has automated closed-captioning built in.

Date 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.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Google Drive

A cloud storage service for documents and other files.

Date Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Zapier

A tool that allows users to create simple programs called applets that integrate a variety of different tools.

Date Updated: Jul 28, 2021