Democracy Development

Free Tools for Internet Freedom

Free Tools for Internet Freedom

By Madeleine Nicoloff | November 22, 2021

In today’s world, the exercise of democracy and human rights relies on access to secure, uncensored participation in the digital space. As society continues to move into the digital realm, the fight to defend human rights and civic space is expanding into this new territory: technology and the internet hold the potential to democratize access to information and to opportunity, but at the same time carry the danger of being used as an instrument to further exacerbate unequal power dynamics. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this tension strikingly clear.

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 22, 2021

A legally recognized form of identification can fundamentally impact our ability to exercise our economic, social, and civil rights in their everyday life. Taking part in many routine tasks - such as accessing social service benefits, receiving medical care, opening a bank account, or even making a phone call - now rely on showing proof of a legal ID. Those without an ID can be barred from these services, as well as from fundamental democratic processes, like  voting, running for office, or participating in the political life of a community. 

Promising Signs for 2021

Promising Signs for 2021

By Madeleine Nicoloff | November 22, 2021

Looking ahead into 2021, one of the things I’m excited to watch is the growing collaboration between the world of tech and the world of art and storytelling.

Weekly Roundup 3/20/2020

Weekly Roundup 3/20/2020

By Grace Chimezie | November 22, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic, which has increased calls for social distancing, has resulted in the need for a change in organizational policies, particularly a growing need for telework options. For individuals new to remote work, it can be isolating to be away from colleagues, while navigating logistical challenges like irregular wifi connection and awkward video-call meetings.

Weekly Roundup 6/3/2020

Weekly Roundup 6/3/2020

By Grace Chimezie | November 22, 2021

The novel coronavirus outbreak, which has spread to several countries with health workers looking for ways to stem the spread of the virus, has resulted in an "infodemic," according to The World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO, defines an infodemic as "an overabundance of information- some accurate and some not, that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy source and reliable guidance when they need it." 

Liveblogging the Liberian Elections

Liveblogging the Liberian Elections

By Sarah Moulton | November 22, 2021

I'll be sending along updates throughout the day from the ECC datacenter as Liberians go to the polls today to vote in the Presidential and House of Representatives elections. Most recent updates are on top. Note: this blog post does not contain any official or unofficial information regarding the results of the observation. This will be released only by the ECC. 

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Mojokerto: OpenGov & Technology

Mojokerto: OpenGov & Technology

By Jared Ford | November 22, 2021

In November 2016, NDI convened government officials and citizen leaders for workshops in three cities in order to assess progress on strategic innovation plans, and discuss approaches to technology and open data that would improve citizen engagement and service delivery.

Tangerang: OpenGov & Technology

Tangerang: OpenGov & Technology

By Jared Ford | November 22, 2021

In November 2016, NDI convened government officials and citizen leaders for workshops in three cities in order to assess progress on strategic innovation plans, and discuss approaches to technology and open data that would improve citizen engagement and service delivery.